Stew Magnuson

Editor in Chief

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Stew Magnuson is the Editor in Chief of National Defense Magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Emerging Technologies

    Editor’s Notes: The Opaque Hypersonics Arms Race

    July 13, 2018

    For decades, the United States didn’t show a sense of urgency for developing missiles and aircraft that could reach hypersonic speeds — defined as Mach 5 and higher.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    General Atomics Reaper Variant Makes First Trans-Atlantic Flight

    July 11, 2018

    A General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian successfully flew from North Dakota to the United Kingdom, marking the first time a medium-altitude, long endurance remotely piloted vehicle transited over the Atlantic, the company announced July 11.

  • Air Power

    Super Hornet Upgrade to Feature Advanced Cockpit

    July 06, 2018

    Boeing is developing an advanced cockpit display for its block III F/A-18 Super Hornet that pilots who were raised in the age of iPads will be comfortable using, a company official said.

  • Space

    Space Force Edict Comes as Leaders Attempt Major Acquisition Reorganization

    June 25, 2018

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, standing before a large crowd of government and industry officials, declared that the service’s space enterprise would dramatically cut the time it takes to develop a new satellite system.

  • Maritime Security

    Editor's Notes: Navy Joins the Innovation ‘Flotilla’

    June 07, 2018

    Rare is the defense industry conference nowadays that doesn’t have at least one panel discussion with the word “innovation” in its title. If innovation can just be achieved or harnessed, then all the military’s technology problems will be solved.

  • Air Power

    Boeing Pursues New Customers with Super Hornet Upgrades

    May 23, 2018

    The Navy’s decision to proceed with a new version of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet — along with a recent order from Kuwait — has the company bullish on its ability to compete in the international jet fighter market.

  • Infotech

    Pondering Life After Moore’s Law

    May 16, 2018

    Gordon E. Moore, founder of Fairchild Electronics, wrote his influential article, “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits” — which gave the world “Moore’s Law” — in the April 1965 issue of Electronics Magazine.

  • Special Operations

    Special Operations Iron Man Suit Prototype Delayed a Year

    May 07, 2018

    There perhaps has been no higher profile Special Operations Command technology development program over the past few years than the tactical assault light operator suit, or TALOS.