Jon Harper

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Jon Harper is the Managing Editor for National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Budget

    BREAKING: Army Considering Trimming JLTV Program (UPDATED)

    March 13, 2019

    The Army may cut back on its acquisition plans for the joint light tactical vehicle to invest in higher priority modernization efforts, a top service official said March 13.

  • Defense Department

    JUST IN: Pentagon Plans to Cut Procurement, Boost R&D in 2020

    March 12, 2019

    The president’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Defense Department would reduce procurement of existing systems while increasing research-and-development spending as the Pentagon pursues new technology to take on advanced adversaries.

  • Budget

    Nuclear Command, Control, Comms Under Scrutiny

    March 08, 2019

    The Pentagon is taking a closer look at its nuclear command, control and communications needs as it fleshes out what technologies it plans to buy.

  • Air Power

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Analysts Bash Idea of Buying F-15X Fighters for Air Force

    March 06, 2019

    The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2020 budget request is expected to include funding for a souped-up version of the F-15 fighter jet. But procuring the fourth-generation aircraft would be unwise as the United States faces growing threats from advanced adversaries such as China and Russia, analysts said March 6.

  • Land Forces

    Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Program Could See Cuts

    March 06, 2019

    Army leaders have been vocal about the need to redirect money to pay for their top six modernization priorities, raising questions about whether the joint light tactical vehicle program will be fully funded.

  • Budget

    Border Wall Funding in the 2020 Defense Budget?

    March 04, 2019

    Rumors are swirling that the Trump administration will include money to build a wall on the Southwest border in its fiscal year 2020 defense budget request, a move that would likely encounter stumbling blocks on Capitol Hill, analysts say.

  • Space

    BREAKING NEWS: Trump Signs Directive Fleshing Out Proposed ‘Space Force’

    February 19, 2019

    President Donald Trump signed a new directive Feb. 19 tasking the Defense Department to develop a legislative proposal aimed at creating a sixth branch of the armed forces.

  • Battlefield Communications

    Military, Industry Gung-Ho on Software Defined Radios

    February 15, 2019

    Industry is moving to supply the U.S. military with new communications technologies that are more cost-effective and offer enhanced capabilities.