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Gen. Hawk Carlisle, USAF Ret., president and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association, and former commander of the US Air Force’s Air Combat Command, says the US needs to make it easier for other countries to “Buy American,” that the US Defense Department needs to speed up delivery of key capabilities to the warfighter, that “tempered expectations” are needed with respect to the defense budget, and more during a July 6, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at NDIA’s headquarters in northern Virginia.

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Patrick Turner, NATO’s assistant secretary general for operations, says that the use of nuclear weapons “always is strategic,” no matter how small they might be, during a June 26, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Turner’s view comes as some analysts worry that Moscow is developing strategies to use tactical nuclear weapons small enough to avoid a strategic nuclear retaliation. Turner also discusses Afghanistan, improving logistics, deterring Russia, and the perennial need to maintain readiness in case any “collective defense situation” emerges in Europe.

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Amb. Sorin Ducaru, assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges at NATO, discusses the alliance’s cyber priorities, strategy and efforts, characterizes the global threat environment as a combination of new and classic challenges, and discusses the battle against disinformation during a June 26, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

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Magnus Lewis-Olsson, Saab’s head of market area Europe, Middle East & Africa, discusses the Gripen E fighter’s inaugural flight on June 15, 2017, the next phase of the program, the company’s model-based design approach, the outlook for Gripen C/D upgrades and customers, and more during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at Paris-Le Bourget Airport outside of the French capital. Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.

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Lt. Gen. Jon “Dog” Davis, USMC Ret., the US Marine Corps’ former deputy commandant for aviation, says the readiness rates of F-35B Lighting II fighters based in Iwakuni, Japan, exceed the availability of legacy aircraft like the AV-8B Harrier II and the F/A-18 Hornet during a recent interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in Paris. Davis — who was succeeded as the Marine Corps’ aviation chief on July 10 by Lt. Gen. Steve “Stick” Rudder, USMC — also addressed causes of the accidents during his tenure, light attack aircraft needs and high points of a distinguished 37-year career as he retires from active-duty. Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is 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.

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Capt. Chris Ferguson, USN Ret., director of crew and mission support at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, discusses the capabilities of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft including autonomous docking, the future NASA missions and more during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at Paris-Le Bourget Airport during the 2017 Paris Air Show. Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.

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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.

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Julie Smith, senior fellow and director of the Center for a New American Security’s Transatlantic Security Program, says the Trump administration should cautiously engage Russia but avoid concessions unless Moscow changes its policies during a June 28, 2017, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted during CNAS’ “Navigating the Divide” conference, held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

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Raanan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, discusses the SkEye Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance System (WAPS) and Brightnite system, and says that the company is well-positioned for success in an ‘America First’ environment during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted at Paris-Le Bourget Airport during the 2017 Paris Air Show. Defense & Aerospace Report’s Paris Air Show coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies & Leonardo DRS.

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