Stew Magnuson

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

Recent Articles

  • Battlefield Communications

    Army Scrambles to Make Command Posts Survivable

    December 01, 2017

    The Army sees its tactical command posts as a major battlefield vulnerability as potential adversaries become better at locating and destroying them.

  • Training and Simulation

    Navy Cautious About Use of Virtual Reality Goggles in Training, Simulation

    November 29, 2017

    Navy researchers and program managers are excited about the prospects of integrating emerging virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies into their training systems but say the quality of the systems are not where they need to be yet.

  • Training and Simulation

    F-35 Training Simulators Poised for Rapid Global Expansion (UPDATED)

    November 28, 2017

    Keeping pace with the worldwide rollout of the F-35, nations flying the fifth-generation joint strike fighter will soon be receiving state-of-the-art simulators to train its pilots and maintainers, a representative of the aircraft’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin said Nov. 28.

  • Emerging Technologies

    Military Should Watch ‘Flying Car’ Industry

    November 28, 2017

    It was only a few short years after the hot air balloon was invented in the 1780s when someone had the idea to send one up over a battlefield and observe enemy troop movements.

  • Acquisition Programs

    Secretary Wilson Mostly Mum on Proposed Air Force Space Program Reorganization

    November 16, 2017

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson lauded a proposed boost in the budget for space programs, but had little to say when asked about language in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that calls for the service to give up some of its power over space programs.

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    Emerging Technologies

    Expert: Loss of U.S. Supercomputing Edge to China 'Worrying'

    November 15, 2017

    A recent list showing the United States losing out to China on the ranking of the world’s fastest supercomputers has one former national security scientist concerned.

  • Strategic Weapons

    Exclusive: Interview with Gen. Robin Rand, Head of Air Force Global Strike Command

    November 14, 2017

    When the Air Force chief of staff told Gen. Robin Rand that he was going to lead Global Strike Command and that this job would include oversight of NC3, he didn’t immediately know what the acronym meant.

  • Acquisition Programs

    Army Makes Push to Fix its Acquisition Regime

    October 31, 2017

    Army leaders came to the service’s biggest conference of the year in Washington, D.C., with one central message: “We’re going to fix our broken acquisition system.”