By Arnold Lewis and Michael Durao
Febuary 28, 2011
In recent years, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has become one of the most infamous weapons programs in the Department of Defense’s history. The money-guzzling $1 trillion dollar (Associated Press) black hole was designed to be the DoD’s crowning jewel, but now it holds the prestigious title of the department’s largest flop in the minds of many analysts. Its downfall echoes those of previous common fighter programs, ranging from the notorious Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX) to Congress’s failed attempt to standardize the Lightweight Fighter (LWF). This begs the question of whether or not a common fighter is feasible. The answer is yes, but the TFX and JSF went about doing so backwards. One can understand the fundamental flaws in these programs by examining the differences between the successful and failed programs.
By Ryan A. Pearce
February 28th, 2011
Rewritten February 22nd, 2011
Having demonstrated substantial abilities to project power in the post World War years, many believe the modern Aircraft Carrier to be a worthy successor to the Battleships of yesteryear. Ever prevalent, Aircraft Carriers can be seen steaming off the coasts of the world’s hot spots in an awesome display of force intended to intimidate hostile parties in to backing down. Now, with the Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln patrolling the Persian Gulf with their electronics eyes on Iran, it is readily apparent this practice will not fall out of favor any time soon.
by Michael Durao
February 11, 2011
The F/A-18IN Growth Hornet unveiled last week as Boeing's entry into India's MMRCA competition signifies a major advancement in the airframe's development, perhaps as great as the jump from the F/A-18C/D to the F/A-18E/F Block I. Its airframe and avionics upgrades essentially put the Hornet on par with an F-16 Block 60 as an affordable and more cost-effective alternative to the F-35 for Western allies.