Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF Ret., dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, discusses his new report entitled “Consolidating the Revolution: Optimizing the Potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft,” and says the US Defense Department needs to make its use of RPA use “more economical, efficient” and “effective,” by improving technology, organization and acquisition, during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the Institute’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Hollie Pietsch, WIAMan ATD Team Lead at the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, discusses how the WIAMan, or the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin, is helping TARDEC improve transportation-technology design to keep soldiers safe during a May 18, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian during the US Defense Department’s DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon.
Lana Baydas, PhD, research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative, says “there is no competition between human rights and security” and that the US needs to tell its strategic partners that counterterrorism efforts must still respect people’s human rights during a June 7, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at CSIS headquarters in Washington. The interview was conducted right after the launch of Vision for Humanity’s 2017 Global Peace Index.
Rob Chambers, Orion production strategy lead & senior manager for systems engineering at Lockheed Martin, discusses the company’s Generation Beyond space-education initiative and its Mars Experience Bus during a May 9, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian, held during the 2017 Humans to Mars Summit at George Washington University in Washington.
Gal Papier, head of marketing and business development in the Land & Naval Division of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Precision Tactical Weapon Systems Directorate, discusses the Spike LR2’s advantages over older missiles in the Spike family — including its extended range and ability to be launched from the ground or a helicopter — during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the 2017 Paris Air Show at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies & Leonardo DRS.
Magnus Nordenman, director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, discusses his takeaways from Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2017 during a July 11, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the think tank’s Washington headquarters. BALTOPS is an annual NATO training exercise in which ally and partner nations practice maritime-centric defense in the Baltic Sea. Fourteen countries took part in this year’s iteration, which ran from June 1-16, 2017, according to the US Navy.
Adam Jacoff, a robotics research engineer in the Intelligent Systems Division of the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, discusses the institute’s role in establishing standard test methods for “capabilities, operator proficiency, readiness” and more for robots — including drones — with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian during a June 29, 2017, interview at the British Embassy in Washington.
Jerry Hendrix, PhD, senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security, says the US should ideally have a “total inventory” of over 200 bomber aircraft to meet its strategic needs during a June 28, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. Hendrix also discusses “Higher, Heavier, Farther, and now Undetectable? Bombers: Long-Range Force Projection in the 21st Century,” a report he co-authored with Lt. Col. James Price, USAF, senior military fellow at CNAS. The interview was conducted during CNAS’ “Navigating the Divide” conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
Cmdr. Javier Gonzalez, USN, former Navy fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and Cmdr. Tom Shugart, USN, former senior military fellow for the Center for a New American Security, discuss “First Strike: China’s Threat to U.S. Bases in Asia,” their new report published by the Center for a New American Security on the risk of Chinese missile-based attacks on US military installations in the region, during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was held on June 28, 2017, during CNAS’ “Navigating the Divide” conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
Grant Stapleton, Malloy Aeronautics’ director of sales and marketing, and Mark Butkiewicz, SURVICE Engineering Company’s applied technology operation manager, update Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian on the status of Malloy’s Hoverbike program, the nuts and bolts of the new TRV-50 iteration of the vehicle and the outlook for Malloy’s manned Hoverbike during the Autonomy & Innovation Across the Defence, Security and Civil Sectors – Demonstration event at the British Embassy in Washington on June 29, 2017. Malloy is also developing a version of the Hoverbike for the US military.