Jon Harper

Managing Editor

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Jon Harper is the Managing Editor for National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Air Power

    Air Force Could Struggle to Pay for Envisioned Force Expansion

    September 18, 2018

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force wants to add 74 squadrons to its fleet by the 2025 to 2030 timeframe, but it could run up against funding constraints as it pursues a wide range of high-ticket modernization programs.

  • Air Power

    Foreign Partnerships Expected for New U.K. Fighter Project

    September 12, 2018

    FARNBOROUGH, England – The British Defence Ministry’s pursuit of a new high-tech fighter jet is expected to create new opportunities for the international defense industrial base in the coming decades.

  • Budget

    U.S. Spending About $36 Billion on NATO

    September 11, 2018

    President Donald Trump and others have criticized NATO allies for not shouldering more of the financial burden for collective defense.

  • Defense Department

    Release of Major Defense Industrial Base Report Imminent

    September 05, 2018

  • Shipbuilding

    Navy Chief Concerned About Columbia-Class Submarine Program

    September 05, 2018

    The Navy’s most important modernization effort could drift off course if program officials and industry can’t create more slack in the program schedule, the service’s top officer said Sept. 5.

  • Marine Corps News

    Marine Corps Taking Low-Risk Approach to Amphibious Combat Vehicle

    August 31, 2018

    Instead of grasping for leap-ahead technologies that might derail efforts to acquire a new amphibious combat vehicle, the Marine Corps is pursuing a low-risk path that could deliver a big win for the acquisition community.

  • Army News

    Army Leader Mum on Program Cuts

    August 29, 2018

    The Army plans to trim certain programs to free up money for its top six modernization priorities, but contractors and other observers likely won’t find out what’s on the chopping block until next year, the service’s top official said Aug. 29.

  • Emerging Technologies

    Industry Gung-Ho on Hypersonics Business

    August 29, 2018

    Defense industry executives see hypersonic weapons as an increasingly lucrative business opportunity as the Pentagon pumps more funding into its initiatives.

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