Jon Harper

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Jon Harper is the Managing Editor for National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Missile Defense

    Trump Boosts Missile Defense Spending Plans

    February 22, 2018

    President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request calls for major increases in missile defense spending relative to his last budget blueprint.

  • Homeland Security

    DHS Seeks Large Buy of Border Security Technology

    February 21, 2018

    The Department of Homeland Security is requesting more than $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2019 for “high priority” investments in border security equipment and infrastructure to thwart illegal border crossings.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Autonomous Helicopters Seen as Wave of the Future

    February 20, 2018

    QUANTICO, Va. — On a cold morning in December, a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter took off from Landing Zone Stork at Marine Corps Base Quantico. It flew about two miles before touching down in between buildings at Landing Zone Egret.

  • Budget

    New Trump Budget Boosts Navy Shipbuilding, Aircraft Procurement

    February 12, 2018

    President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 defense budget request would add additional ships and aircraft to the Navy’s inventory, as the service prepares for great power competition.

  • Missile Defense

    Financial Windfall Expected for Missile Defense Programs

    February 05, 2018

    The Pentagon’s missile defense programs are expected to receive a major infusion of cash in the coming years as North Korea and others engage in nuclear saber rattling.

  • Advanced Weapons

    Nuclear Posture Review Calls for New Sea Launched Cruise Missiles

    February 02, 2018

    To provide more flexible nuclear strike options, the United States intends to acquire a new sea-launched cruise missile and modify some existing warheads to lower their destructive power.

  • Budget

    2020 Called Pivotal Year for Military Buildup

    January 31, 2018

    The much-ballyhooed military buildup promised by President Donald Trump isn’t expected to kick into high gear until fiscal year 2020.

  • Budget

    Block Buy of Icebreakers Could Save Money

    January 25, 2018

    Purchasing new icebreakers with a block buy contract could yield major savings for the cash-strapped Coast Guard, analysts said.