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The USAF F-15's fleet is becoming older, faster than the USAF anticipated. This is opening a crisis in the US arsenal, which is mirroring the crisis of the overextended US power.
Israel is taking a second, hard look to JSF, with an order which is downed from 100 to 25. For the first time, the new “wonder hyper-technological plane” is appreciated in relation with its real combat capabilities.
Japan wants the F-22 Raptor for its forces and some people in Australia are favouring the F-22 in place of the JSF. Key question and an audacious hypothesis: is the Raptor becoming a concurrent of the JSF on the export market?
The first round of the Presidential election in France was, in a sense, the most important moment of this essential event. France, la Grande Nation, has rediscovered the soul of itself.
The QDR 2005 was announced as a major revolutionnary event. The whole thing has failed and the process has been hijacked by the Pentagon bureaucracy. Rumsfeld is the main casualty.
As we saw (see Faits & Commentaires, 22 September, 2005), Bruce P. Jackson is back in town. To documente his lobbying skill, we published the story of the Polish F-16 Deal in which he payed an important role.
Certainly, there is the horror of all terrorist acts. Expatiating on them and lashing out against their barbarity comes all to easily. That makes it possible to gauge the ignorance and the superficiality of analysis which characterize what could be term
From the affirmation of European Defense by French Minister of Defense Michèle Alliot-Marie (MAM) to the first official European questionning about the 'European Preference' problematic
A ‘perfect operation’ in the Italian sky on 8 April, with US intelligence informations and scrambling Italian's F-16. US Bureaucratic imperialism in action, to take control of the Italian forces. But will this 'bureaucratic Coup' succeed? Not so sure.
Treated with contempt, ridiculed, sidelined, France today is prominent, if not preeminent in all the institutions that matter in providing an alternative to Americanization.
While the Pentagon is reopening the competition for the $23 billion tankers bid for the USAF after the collapse of the KC-767 Boeing programm, an analysis of the main cause of this turmoil: the failure of the consolidation of the US industry.
• Stealth technology is a myth, a sort of “technologie-culte” of our time. The abandonment of the Comanche combat helicopter is the first time that such a decision is taken for a stealth system. We look at the history and raison d'être of stealth. • From Context n°72 (April 2004), To The Point, .
In comparing Iraqi Freedom (March-April 2003 in Irak) and Operation Artemis (June-September in Congo), we try de look at the evolution of the concept of “war” in the post-9/11 world.
Evolution of weapons exports in broad outline: the example selected is the most structured and as well as the most radical. The US holds center stage, with the JSF and its global reach, but with an unexpected dimension — an ideological one.
Analysis of the strategic position of Europe in the transatlantic situation (relations between Europe and USA). Position and evolution of the strategic industry (armament, aerospace) in this context. Centrality of the JSF factor.
* The striking success of the marketing campaign of the JSF programm is making of it a true international programm. * But this success has its own weakness, a threat of fragmentation and disorder within the programm.
* British strategy, including strategy with the Irakian crisis, and the Eurofighter (EFA) destiny. * EFA and the American JSF, are they Friend or Foe? Or Friend and Foe?
The Pentagon is having its revolution It is now a matter of putting on the back-burner all the war-making capability in favor of communicating information on the war.
From Context Archives: in the pantheon of technological marvels, stealth technology is in first place. We revisit the Pentagon intra-bureaucratic squabbling which resulted in enshrining stealth in that position.
UK signed in extremis, four days before the end of the Clinton Administration, a Memorendum onf Understanding for participation in the US JSF Program. In this To The Point column, we made an analysis of this action and hypothesis on its prospect.