Stew Magnuson

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

Recent Articles

  • Special Operations

    Editor's Notes: SOCOM’s Iron Man Suit - A Worthy Moonshot

    May 20, 2019

    It was six years ago at SOFIC in Tampa, Florida, when then-Special Operations Command Commander Navy Adm. William H. McRaven first mentioned a technology development program that would go on to be popularly known as the “Iron Man suit.”

  • Army News

    NEWS FROM ITEC: Army’s ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ to Include Inside of Buildings

    May 17, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The Army’s ambitious plan to re-create the world in fine resolution for its new training and simulation program will include the inside of buildings, a researcher working on the program said May 15.

  • Global Defense Market

    NEWS FROM ITEC: U.K. Defense Tech Accelerator Seeking U.S. Partners

    May 15, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden —The U.K. Ministry of Defence’s two-year-old technology accelerator is seeking applicants to help it solve a variety of military and security problems and has dispersed nearly 58 million pounds in contracts during its short existence, its leader said May 15.

  • Army News

    NEWS FROM ITEC: Army Beefing Up its Cyber Training Infrastructure

    May 14, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The Army office in charge of developing training and simulation systems is creating a “cyber range” in Orlando, Florida, where those engaged in network offense and defense can hone their skills.

  • Global Defense Market

    NEWS FROM ITEC: Scandinavian Exercise Showed Need for More Training Interoperability

    May 14, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — A five nation deep-snow exercise that took place in April across the northern part of Scandinavia showed both the importance of allied nations training together and the increasing importance of brigades in modern warfare, the leader of the Swedish army said May 14.

  • Undersea Warfare

    JUST IN: Allied Naval Leaders Warn of New Age of Mine Warfare

    May 13, 2019

    Sweden — Potential adversaries have taken note of how effective improvised explosive devices were in Iraq and Afghanistan and may try the same tactics at sea, naval leaders said May 13. “Mines are a type of asymmetric warfare. They are cheap. They are easy to place. They’re a nuisance and they are out there,” Frank DiGiovanni, deputy director of the expeditionary warfare division of the U.S. Navy, said at the Undersea Defense Technology symposium in Stockholm, Sweden. And they are not just a military problem as they can threaten commercial sea traffic and impede free trade, he added.

  • Maritime Security

    NEWS FROM SEA-AIR-SPACE: Navy Hopes to Avoid Complications as It Builds Two Types of Submarines

    May 07, 2019

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Development of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine is still on track, but the real test will come in five years when the service is producing two different types of subs at the same time, a senior Navy official said May 7.

  • Space

    JUST IN: Pence Vows Space Force Will Become a Reality

    May 06, 2019

    Vice President Mike Pence promised that the controversial proposal to create a separate but equal new branch of the military — a U.S. space force —will soon come to pass.