Jon Harper

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Jon Harper is the Managing Editor for National Defense Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @Jon_Harper_

Recent Articles

  • Defense Department

    Silicon Valley Takes on the ‘Valley of Death’

    January 26, 2022

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The commercial technology sector wants to help the U.S. military acquire new capabilities.

  • Budget

    Lawmakers Defying Public Opinion on Defense Spending

    January 24, 2022

    The recently passed 2022 National Defense Authorization Act green-lit a 5 percent boost in military expenditures, despite recent polling indicating that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government has been spending too much or about the right amount on the armed forces.

  • Budget

    Data Reveals Big Drop in U.S. Arms Sales

    January 18, 2022

    Implemented cases of foreign military sales and direct commercial sales of weapon systems to international customers by U.S. manufacturers plummeted last year, according to data released in December by the Biden administration.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    China Matching Pentagon Spending on AI

    January 06, 2022

    The U.S. military and China’s People’s Liberation Army are both pursuing artificial intelligence capabilities which could give them a leg up in future conflicts. PLA investment in AI is now on par with the Pentagon’s, experts say.

  • Bomb and Warhead

    Military Preparing for New Era of Explosive Ordnance Disposal

    December 24, 2021

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — With the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in the rearview mirror, the Defense Department is preparing for a new era of explosive ordnance disposal that will bring fresh challenges and require new technology solutions.

  • Air Power

    Aerial Refueling Enterprise Lacks Resiliency, Capacity

    December 20, 2021

    Billions of dollars are needed over the next decade to enhance the resiliency of the U.S. military’s aerial refueling enterprise, according to a new study.

  • Strategic Weapons

    Experts Dial Back Expectations of New Nuclear Arms Race

    December 16, 2021

    Pentagon officials and other observers are sounding the alarm about the accelerating pace of China’s expansion of its nuclear capabilities.

  • Budget

    U.S. Military ‘Staring into Abyss,’ Report Says

    December 13, 2021

    A new report has a grim message: the Pentagon’s force structure will likely prove inadequate barring a boost in defense spending or a major change in national security strategy. Force structure includes the number, size and structure of military units.