James Hackett, senior fellow for defense and military analysis at the International Institute for Strategic Studies who also edits IISS’ Military Balance 2017, discusses global defense trends with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. This year’s Military Balance was released on Feb. 14, 2017, in London and is the first edition since 1989 with an online component, The Military Balance +, with searchable data bases on forces, defense economics and military capabilities found in the report.
Jeff Haber, regional director for product marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, discusses the company’s giant production plant in Everett, Wash., which is the world’s largest building by volume and where 747, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft are built simultaneously.
Lt. Cmdr. Mica “Taz” Foster, USN, and Aircrewman 1st Class Cory Hedges of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue discuss lifesaving mission in the Pacific Northwest with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The Interview was conducted in December 2016.
Gen. Robert Neller, USMC, commandant of the US Marine Corps, discusses the need for amphibious warships, his service’s strategy, budget outlook and innovation strategy with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted on Feb. 6, 2017, following an Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition breakfast at Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
Matt Mulherin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding — a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries — discusses the decommissioning of USS Enterprise and the status new Ford-class aircraft carriers including the new Enterprise. The interview was conducted in the Big E’s hangar on Feb. 3, 2017, immediately after she was decommissioned in the very drydock where she was built nearly 60 years ago.
Vice Adm. Evan “Marty” Chanik, USN Ret., 16th commanding officer of USS Enterprise (1997-2000) and former senior Huntington Ingalls Industries executive, discusses remembers the US Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Big E was decommissioned on Feb. 3, 2017, in Dry Dock 11 at Newport News Shipbuilding, where the ship was built.
Amb. Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow, NATO’s former deputy secretary general and distinguised fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft on International Security, discusses NATO, Russia and the European Union with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted Feb. 1 at the Atlantic Council after the unveiling of a new report, “Mediterranean Futures 2030.”
Susan Eisenhower, chairman emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, discusses the legacy of the late Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, USA Ret., who served as a top national security advisor to President Eisenhower and recommendations for US-Russia relations with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The Interview was taped at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington at the conclusion of a Jan. 31, 2017, panel discussion on Goodpaster and his legacy.
Capt. Bernard “Bud” Cole, USN Ret., professor emeritus at the National War College discusses his new book, “China’s Quest for Great Power – Ships, Oil and Foreign Policy” with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.
Andrew Hunter, director of the Defense Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discusses Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ Jan. 31, 2017, budget guidance that prioritizes readiness and the latest outlook on Pentagon spending with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.