16 Nov 2018

Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry

“Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry, with a long history and considerable ambition. Only three countries reached orbit before Japan did nearly half a century ago. Today, with questions about the reliability of relations with the United States (which some here view as a

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09 Nov 2018

China’s Beating the US to Market on Combat Drones, By Copying US Technology

China recently unveiled a new combat drone that matches many components and design elements of a U.S. drone that was developed and then shelved in 2015. Experts have said that, through the Chinese CH-7, “China has once again demonstrated its ability, at least in form, to replicate U.S. drone designs…While

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08 Nov 2018

New watchdog report decries ‘revolving door’ between the Pentagon and defense contractors

A new report from the Project on Government Oversight found that there were “645 instances of the top 20 defense contractors in fiscal year 2016 hiring former senior government officials, military officers, members of Congress, and senior legislative staff as lobbyists, board members, or senior executives.” The top six defense

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25 Oct 2018

Italy plans to slash half a billion dollars from defense in 2019

“Italy will cut €450 million (U.S. $512.3 million) from its planned defense spending in 2019 by suspending helicopter and missile purchases and canceling an office move by the defense ministry to help shore up social welfare and tax cuts…Italy’s total outlay on defense in 2019 will be announced in parliament

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19 Oct 2018

All Alone Now, the Saudis Will Entice Trump with Big Contracts

“After weeks of siding with the Saudi royals—and sending his secretary of state to grip-and-grin with the king—U.S. President Donald Trump finally bowed to public outrage on Thursday and pulled Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s dwindling ‘Davos in the Desert’ conference next week. They were

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16 Oct 2018

Reported L3, Harris merger would create seventh largest defense firm in the world

“A reported merger between L3 and Harris would create the seventh-largest defense company in the world, one which could become a prohibitive favorite for military communication contracts coming from the Pentagon. The potential deal, first reported Saturday by the Wall Street Journal, would be positioned as a merger of two

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10 Oct 2018

America sold $55.6 billion in weapons abroad in FY18 — a 33 percent jump

The U.S. has confirmed $55.6 billion in foreign military sales for fiscal year 2018, a 33% increase over 2017’s sales of $41.9 billion. The head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the U.S. is maintaining this upwards projection. While defense spending year-to-year is volatile, largely depending on massive

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01 Oct 2018

To Whom Does Trump’s Arms Exports Policy Give Leverage? Debunking Key Arms Exports Assumptions

A War on the Rocks analysis examines the assumptions and traditional reasoning behind U.S. arms exports market (specifically the Trump Administration’s new Conventional Arms Transfer policy), that is typically seen as strengthening the U.S. economy, security, and providing it with influence on clients/allies. The analysis examines how Trump’s emphasis on

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24 Aug 2018

These 7 Chinese companies each topped $5B in defense sales — and could rival American firms

Identifying the size of Chinese defense firms in terms of revenue is difficult due to China’s secretive defense spending and the firms themselves. A recent think tank report has estimated that seven Chinese defense firms each surpass $5 billion in defense revenues, a sum that would place them in the

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14 Aug 2018

List: 100 largest defense firms around the world

Organized by annual revenue, the list of the largest defense firms in the world is topped by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing.  Source: The list is here: The largest defense companies on the globe, revealed

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