Stew Magnuson

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

Recent Articles

  • Budget

    Trump Administration Requests $74 billion Increase for Defense Department

    February 12, 2018

    The Trump administration on Feb. 12 requested a $74 billion increase in the overall Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2019.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Army on Accelerated Path to Buy as Many as 5,700 Robotic Mules

    February 09, 2018

    The Army is on a path to field up to 5,700 squad multi-purpose equipment transport robotic vehicles in a winner-takes-all competition that may wrap up as early as 2019.

  • Acquisition Programs

    Section 809 Panel Proposes Big Cuts to Acquisition Red Tape

    February 01, 2018

    An advisory group empaneled to help streamline the Defense Department’s moribund acquisition system proposed eliminating 165 government-unique contract clauses, 13 acquisition offices, and repealing 20 statutory reporting requirements that act as barriers to the procurement of commercial items for military use.

  • Energy

    Some Essential Reading on Strategic Minerals

    January 29, 2018

    Late in December, and to little fanfare, the Department of Interior and USGS released “Critical Mineral Resources of the United States: Economic and Environmental Geology and Prospects for Future Supply.”

  • Land Forces

    Spending Downturn Has Devastated Military Land Vehicle Industrial Base

    January 22, 2018

    The U.S. military land vehicle industrial base suffered a “catastrophic” decline after the era of big defense budgets ended in 2008, a report released Jan. 22 said.

  • Emerging Technologies

    Navy on Steady Path to Integrate Lasers on Warships

    January 12, 2018

    Placing a high-energy laser weapon on a ship is “easier said than done,” said a Navy official. Nevertheless, the service is methodically moving toward the day when directed energy weapons are part of its arsenal.

  • Space

    Air Force Secretary Laments Slow Pace of Space Technology Development (UPDATED)

    January 05, 2018

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson praised the innovation she sees in the commercial space industry while also lamenting that the service is not able to integrate these new technologies into its own programs quick enough.

  • Emerging Technologies

    A New Year, a New Commitment to the Magazine

    January 02, 2018

    Change, as they say, is constant. And that goes for whether one is developing cutting-edge technology, monitoring the Byzantine Defense Department acquisition regime, or producing a magazine that covers these two constantly shifting topics.