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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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