Jon Harper

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Jon Harper is a Senior Editor for National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Budget

    Defense Contracting Drawdown Now In Reverse

    April 25, 2017

    After years of declines in defense contract obligations, trend lines are now headed in the opposite direction, according to a leading Washington, D.C., think tank.

  • Homeland Security

    Coast Guard in Budgetary 'No Man's Land'

    April 25, 2017

    The Coast Guard is struggling just to maintain its current funding levels as it seeks to modernize its force.

  • Air Power

    Estimated Cost of KC-46 Tanker Coming Down

    April 25, 2017

    The projected acquisition cost of the Air Force’s KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker has decreased significantly. But there is risk of further delays in the delivery schedule, according to the Government Accountability Office.

  • Defense Contracting

    Defense Analysts Anticipate Little Impact From Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order

    April 21, 2017

    President Donald Trump issued an executive order April 18 ordering federal agencies to purchase American-made products to the maximum extent possible, and review their contracting policies and processes in this regard. But analysts expect the directive to have limited impact on Pentagon acquisitions and the defense industrial base.

  • Intelligence and Surveillance

    Gunship-Launched Drone Approaches Transition Point

    April 19, 2017

    Tactical off-board sensing capabilities would give AC-130 crews the ability to see the battlefield when their onboard sensor views are obscured.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Army, Industry See Bright Future For Robotic Vehicles

    April 19, 2017

    The Army expects robotics and autonomy to be important components of its ground combat vehicle fleet in the coming decades.

  • Maritime Security

    Budget Battle Threatens Coast Guard’s War on Drugs

    April 12, 2017

    The ability of the Coast Guard to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States could be further hampered if Congress doesn’t pass a new budget in the coming weeks, the service’s commandant said April 12.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Navy, Marine Corps Officials Worried About Cost-Effectiveness of Unmanned Systems

    April 05, 2017

    While the Pentagon has identified unmanned and autonomous systems as key technologies for future warfare, Navy and Marine Corps officials are warning against buying equipment that isn’t cost-effective.