Defense Contractors

The Double-Edged Blades of Russian Helicopters

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s in for a strafing on Capitol Hill today. He’s appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, but he’s likely to face tough questions on the Defense Department’s …

Phantom Eye in the Sky

Tuesday’s killing of al-Qaeda deputy  Abu Yahya al-Libi proves that persistence pays when it comes to tracking down terrorists. Boeing has just completed the first autonomous flight of its Phantom Eye aircraft over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., which blazes a new contrail in long-staring persistence.

This is a prototype of the …

Tents Aren’t Us

If there is one thing you’d figure the U.S. Army didn’t lack, it would be tents. But you’d be wrong.

The folks at Fort Carson are seeking “high-quality tents and accessories needed to make them operational” for …

Blimp Disaster 2.0

It wasn’t so long ago we wrote of the Air Force losing an $8 million blimp due to bad weather and the private-contractor ground crew’s failure to anticipate and adjust to it in time to save the airship. That snafu happened in …

Situation Normal: Afghanistan Fouled Up

A trifecta of trouble in three Pentagon inspector-general reports released Thursday concerning the U.S. military’s continuing struggle to build Afghan security forces so U.S. troops can come home.

Here is the first finding …

War (Business) Is Hell

Nifty contract solicitation posted Friday by the U.S. Special Operations Command. You know, the guys who got Osama bin Laden. They need local Afghan security guards to protect their “(firebases, village stability platforms, etc.)” as the U.S. special forces go about their business. You may recall that Afghan President Hamid Karzai …

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