Author Vago Muradian

VAGO'S NOTEBOOK
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Washington no longer has the luxury of unnecessary duplication of capabilities, programs of incremental value, systems that are vulnerable or cause more logistical headaches than they solve. 

The reassessment of America’s legacy platforms, concepts of operations and assumptions must be clinical, empirical and unsentimental. 

Anything that poses novel and costly problems for our adversaries, holds their forces at risk, heightens their uncertainty or complicates every element of their planning deserves to be prioritized. Anything that doesn’t should be sacrificed to free resources for what will. 

Cyber Report
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On this week’s Cyber Report, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Tom Fanning, the chairman, CEO and president of the Southern Company — one of the nation’s leading utilities — who served as one of the 14 commissioners on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, discusses the commission’s recommendations including requiring businesses to certify cyber security and how to disconnect the grid from the internet in a crisis with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian on Capitol Hill at the rollout of the report. The commission was co-chaired by Sen. Angus King, I-Me., and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., and crafted 75 recommendations to improve US and allied cyber deterrence and security. Northrop Grumman also sponsors our cyber coverage.

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As the Navy ramps up its great power game, it must learn Ford’s lessons to ensure major new programs like ballistic missile submarines, frigates, a surface warship and large- and medium-displacement unmanned vessels, a large unmanned tanker aircraft and more are successfully and quickly executed.

RNDF 2019
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Bill Lynn, former deputy US defense secretary who is now president and CEO of Leonardo DRS, discusses the Pentagon’s new Cyber Standards, budget outlook, the impact of the impeachment on defense, and growth with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the 2019 Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Our coverage was sponsored by Boeing and Leonardo DRS. Our weekly Cyber Report and cyber coverage are sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

VAGO'S NOTEBOOK
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Self-satisfied blabbing about US cyber prowess at a time when too much of America’s government or civilian cyber infrastructure — whether cities large and small, facilities, businesses, communications systems and even cars — remain vulnerable to hacking or worse, attack is downright foolhardy and dangerous. Before bragging about how its breaking into the networks of other nations with a proven ability to be persistent cyber foes, it’s vital the administration do more to secure America’s infrastructure first.

PAS2019
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Rick Nagel, the managing partner of Acorn Growth Companies, discusses investing to grow small companies and profit challenges as major firms pressure suppliers on cost with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the 2019 Paris Air Show where our coverage was sponsored by Bell and Leonardo DRS.

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