Military & Aerospace History

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82nd Airborne Museum Curator at AUSA 2017
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Chris Ruff, deputy director of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Museum at Fort Bragg, N.C., gives an in-depth look at the personal equipment issued to American soldiers during World War I including gas mask, helmet, training and more in the second segment of a two-part interview during the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting and tradeshow. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by AM General, Elbit Systems of America, General Motors HydroTec, L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.

82nd Airborne Museum Curator at AUSA 2017
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Chris Ruff, deputy director of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Museum at Fort Bragg, N.C., gives an in-depth look at the personal equipment issued to American soldiers during World War I including uniform, boots and more in the first segment of a two-part interview during the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting and tradeshow. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by AM General, Elbit Systems of America, General Motors HydroTec, L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Gen. Tony McPeak, USAF Ret., 14th US Air Force chief of staff and a 2017 Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, reflects on lessons learned from reorganizing the US Air Force and why military jointness can be a challenge for the service during Part 4 of his Sept. 18, 2017, interview at AFA’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show. The event was held in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS, and this interview is in partnership with the Air Force Association.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Gen. Tony McPeak, USAF Ret., 14th US Air Force chief of staff and a 2017 Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, discusses the morality of the US involvement in the Vietnam War, becoming US Air Force chief and the job’s challenges during Part 3 of his Sept. 18, 2017, interview at AFA’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show. The event was held in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS, and this interview is in partnership with the Air Force Association.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Gen. Tony McPeak, USAF Ret., 14th US Air Force chief of staff and a 2017 Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, discusses his experience as a MISTY Fast Forward Air Controller during the Vietnam War and leadership lessons learned in Part 2 of his Sept. 18, 2017, interview at AFA’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show. The event was held in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS, and this interview is in partnership with the Air Force Association.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Elinor Otto, the nation’s longest-working Rosie the Riveter and a 2017 Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, discusses the challenges of balancing single motherhood with work as a Rosie the Riveter, life during wartime, getting recruited for an aircraft industry job at age 95 and what AFA means to her during Part 3 of her interview at AFA’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show near Washington. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS, and this interview is in partnership with AFA.

AFA 2017 Air, Space & Cyber
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Elinor Otto, the nation’s longest-working Rosie the Riveter and a 2017 Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, discusses what the honor means to her, how she entered the aerospace industry and her experience working at the Rohr Aircraft Coproration during Part 1 of her interview at AFA’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show near Washington. Otto, a first-generation Rosie the Riveter, worked in the aircraft business for 68 years, until she was laid off by Boeing in 2015. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS, and this interview is in partnership with AFA.

DSEI 2017
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Eric Grove, PhD, naval historian and international security analyst, discusses the feasibility of the Royal Navy’s future plans in the midst of British defense budget issues with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian during a Sept. 11, 2017, interview at the 2017 Defense and Security Equipment International conference and trade show. Defense & Aerospace Report is covering the event in partnership with DSEI and Clarion Events.

DSEI 2017
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Is your military history knowledge up to snuff? Test your defense trivia skills with mini challenges from world-renowned experts in attendance — like Brig. Ben Barry, British Army Ret. — at the 2017 Defense and Security Equipment International conference and trade show. If you think you know the answer to a challenge, tweet it to us @defaeroreport using hashtag #DSEI for your chance to win. Defense & Aerospace Report’s event coverage is being produced in partnership with DSEI and Clarion Events.

DSEI 2017
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Is your military history knowledge up to snuff? Test your defense trivia skills with mini challenges from world-renowned experts in attendance — like Defence Analysis Editor Francis Tusa — at the 2017 Defense and Security Equipment International conference and trade show. If you think you know the answer to a challenge, tweet it to us @defaeroreport using hashtag #DSEI for your chance to win. Defense & Aerospace Report’s event coverage is being produced in partnership with DSEI and Clarion Events.

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