Jon Harper

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Jon Harper is the Managing Editor for National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Budget

    Efforts to Thwart ISIS Could Get Costlier

    October 16, 2017

    Efforts to defeat the Islamic State and stabilize Iraq and Syria could continue indefinitely and potentially become more expensive, one analyst said.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Army S&T Efforts Focused on Robotics

    October 11, 2017

    The Army is gung-ho on the warfighting potential of manned-unmanned teaming.

  • Army News

    Army to Jump Start Next-Generation Combat Vehicle

    October 10, 2017

    The Army has designated the next-generation combat vehicle as one of its top development priorities.

  • Tactical Wheeled Vehicles

    JLTV Program Could Serve as Acquisition Model

    October 09, 2017

    The Pentagon’s joint light tactical vehicle program is viewed as a potential model for future acquisition efforts, as interest in the truck grows at home and abroad.

  • Cybersecurity

    Cyber Spending Expected to Increase

    October 05, 2017

    The Defense Department recently elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full-fledged, unified combatant command, as threats in the digital domain continue to grow. However, the long-term budgetary implications of the move remain unclear, said a leading analyst.

  • Budget

    Nuclear Modernization Programs Advancing Amid Doubts (UPDATED)

    September 26, 2017

    The Air Force is moving forward with plans to modernize its nuclear arsenal amid doubts about whether the programs will be fully funded in the coming decades.

  • Air Force News

    Air Force Mulling Alternatives to JSTARS Recapitalization

    September 20, 2017

    Concerns about advanced adversaries are prompting the Air Force to consider jettisoning plans to buy a next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, service leaders said Sept. 19.

  • Air Force News

    Air Force Developing New Science and Technology Strategy

    September 18, 2017

    The Air Force is embarking on a year-long effort to revamp its science and technology strategy, the service’s top official announced Sept. 18.