Author Vago Muradian

2017 Dubai Airshow
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In her first video interview since taking office, Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, discusses importance of the US-UAE partnership, her priorities (including simplifying the acquisition system), DoD’s new organization, and reviewing merger and acquisition policy during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian on Nov. 12, 2017, at the Dubai Airshow. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by FLIR Systems.

VIDEOS
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Richard Spencer, the 76th secretary of the US Navy, discusses the investigations into four incidents this year involving American warships including two collisions that killed 17 sailors, necessary corrective actions including the need for culture change, plans for a 355-ship fleet, the impending Request for Proposals for a new frigate and more during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian on Nov. 6, 2017.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Gen. Tod Wolters, USAF, the commander of US Air Forces Europe, discusses Russia’s recent major military exercise and improving combat capabilities with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted Sept. 20, 2017, at the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage was sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Raanan Horowitz, the CEO of Elbit Systems of America, discusses the market for helmet-mounted sights and 25 years of doing business in the US market with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted Sept. 19, 2017, at the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage was sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.

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Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, says his biggest concern regarding US-North Korea relations are miscalculation and escalation, and also discusses Pyongyang’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, improving capabilities and more during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted on July 6, 2017, at the think tank’s Washington headquarters.

2017 Paris Air Show
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Eric Trappier, the chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation who is also serving as the chairman of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS and president of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, says that nations should protect their interests so it’s normal for the United States to have a Buy American act just as Europe should Buy European during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. Trappier called for greater research, development and technology investment and also discussed France’s future role in developing a 6th generation European combat aircraft, Brexit as well as the outlook for Rafale fighters and the company’s Falcon business jets. The interview was conducted on June 22, 2017, at Paris-Le Bourget Airport outside the French capital. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies & Leonardo DRS.

THINK TANK CENTRAL
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In a new report by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF Ret., the Institute’s dean, argues that 15 years of surging demand for remotely piloted aircraft for sensor and strike missions has “yielded a disjointed enterprise where effectiveness and efficiency are not what they could have been, or can be. With large wartime budgets dramatically shrinking, the military must make a host of important decisions regarding how best to meet valid requirements in a sustainable fashion.”

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READ THE REPORT — In a new Atlantic Council report — “NATO and Trump: A Case for a New Transatlantic Bargain” — Amb. Alexander Vershbow, NATO’s former deputy secretary general, and Fabrice Pothier, NATO’s former head of policy planning, argue “that the Trump administration could be the catalyst for long overdue changes for the Alliance.” “The central recommendations are that firstly; European allies and Canada should commit to a concrete plan and a tighter timetable for increasing defense spending by the end of Trump’s term – through a NATO 2020 investment plan and an enforcement mechanism to hold allies accountable for their commitments. Secondly, the US and European allies should agree to a substantially enhanced operational role for the Alliance in the wider Middle East – including playing a greater role in training local forces in the Middle East, and agreeing on a common fund of up to one billion dollars to help support NATO’s contribution to the fight against terrorism,” the Atlantic Council wrote in a May 23, 2017, press release.

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Hal Brands of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments writes “that although America’s alliances are a source of great geopolitical strength, the difficult reality is that shifts in global economic and military power have left many of America’s traditional allies with significantly diminished relative standing and capabilities. The monograph assesses the key trends that have marked this decline since the early post-Cold War era and discusses the increasingly severe strategic challenges this situation poses for American statecraft. It concludes with a series of practical recommendations for how the United States can manage its alliances amid ongoing changes in the global distribution of power, and how it can better position itself to compete in a global context in which its allies’ strengths-while still considerable-are not as great as they once were.”

VAGO'S NOTEBOOK
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Since 1909, the Paris Air Show has served as a showcase where the newest military-, commercial- and general-aviation aircraft make their international debuts.

And for years, organizers have been hungry to feature the F-35 Lighting II, a game-changing Lockheed Martin jet that promises to transform air combat with its stealth and sophisticated sensor and networking capabilities.

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