Jon Harper

Managing Editor

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Jon Harper is the Managing Editor for National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Shipbuilding

    Analysts Explore Aircraft Carrier Alternatives

    December 08, 2017

    The Pentagon could save money by jettisoning plans for future Ford-class aircraft carriers and pursuing alternatives. But doing so would require capability tradeoffs and a reconsideration of operating concepts, analysts said.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Spending on Unmanned Systems is Ramping Up

    December 07, 2017

    Defense Department spending plans portend a rise in funding for robotic systems in the coming years, according to a recent report by the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone.

  • Defense Department

    Government, Industry Weigh in on Trump’s ‘America First’ Policies

    December 05, 2017

    President Donald Trump’s controversial “America First” policies were a major focus of discussions Dec. 2 at the Reagan National Defense Forum, as government officials and industry executives took stock of what has happened during his first year in office.

  • Defense Department

    Lawmakers, Defense Leaders See No End to Continuing Resolutions

    December 04, 2017

    Members of Congress who attended the Reagan National Defense Forum Dec. 2 sounded a pessimistic note about the prospects for reaching a budget deal for fiscal year 2018 before the latest continuing resolution expires.

  • Training and Simulation

    Army Creates Video Game to Prototype New Weapons

    November 28, 2017

    Under pressure to save money while speeding up the acquisition of cutting-edge technologies, the Army is turning to online gaming to help develop and test new capabilities.

  • Training and Simulation

    Synthetic Training Technologies Gaining Foothold with Military

    November 27, 2017

    As the Army looks for better ways to prepare soldiers for large scale and multi-domain battle against advanced adversaries, service leaders are trying to accelerate the creation of a new synthetic training environment.

  • Training and Simulation

    Training Investments Expected to Shift to Simulations

    November 17, 2017

    Funding for live, virtual, constructive training programs will remain on an upward trajectory as the U.S. military looks for less expensive ways to prepare troops for battle, one analyst said.

  • Strategic Weapons

    Nuclear Triad: Pentagon Taking Steps to Modernize Global Strike Weapons

    November 03, 2017

    As potential adversaries enhance their long-range weapons, the United States is moving forward with plans to bolster its own global strike capabilities. The stakes are high as officials try to keep their programs on time and on budget.