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We’ll have a more detailed look at winners and losers the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined today, but I thought it might help to get the discussion going and for those of you who weren’t watching it live to list the biggies now… F-35B will go on a “two year probation” and move to the […]

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Giving some of the first real insight into the numbers of F-35Cs the United Kingdom may purchase, the U.K. announced late last week that it’s considering halving its fighter fleet to a mere six squadrons by 2020. From Defense News: “We are heading for five Typhoon squadrons and one JSF [Joint Strike Fighter] squadron,” said […]

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Well, it looks like the Pentagon may be joining those who recommend scrapping the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The last few weeks have seen some serious punches thrown at the would-be-wonder jet. First, the British announced that they were cutting their nearly 150-plane F-35B buy in favor of an […]

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We knew it was only a matter of time until people started talking about the contested Falkland Islands in the wake of Britain’s decision last month to retire its Harrier jump jets, a move that will leave the United Kingdom with no carrier-borne strike fighters for roughly a decade. Now a group of former British admirals have written an […]

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More leaks from Britain’s ongoing defense review, part of a dramatic shrinking of the public sector by the new Conservative-led coalition government. The Daily Telegraph got hold of “detailed proposals” that include slashing the RAF’s fighter fleet to fewer than 200 planes, cutting two nuclear submarines, three amphibious ships and an armored brigade. Total military […]

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