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

  • Budget

    Small Number of States Dominate Defense Spending

    February 25, 2021

    A huge portion of U.S. defense spending is going to contractors and military personnel based in just a handful of states, according to data recently released by the Pentagon.

  • Air Force News

    JUST IN: Brown Wants More Data to Support Cuts to Legacy Systems

    February 24, 2021

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. wants to be armed with more data to support his push for Congress and other stakeholders to cut legacy systems.

  • Global Defense Market

    Biden to Restrict ‘Buy American’ Waivers

    February 22, 2021

    President Joe Biden recently issued a new “Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.” The directive will put waivers to “Buy American” laws in government contracting under additional scrutiny, although it’s unclear how impactful it will be when fully implemented, experts say.

  • Defense Department

    JUST IN: Austin Calls for More NATO Help in Countering China

    February 19, 2021

    The United States needs its NATO allies to invest more in their military capabilities and help the Pentagon address the growing threat posed by China, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III said Feb. 19.

  • International

    London Calling for Military Tech Cooperation

    February 18, 2021

    With extra money in its coffers for modernization, the U.K. Ministry of Defence is looking for additional opportunities to work with the United States on high-tech military capabilities.

  • Budget

    Federal AI Spending to Top $6 Billion

    February 10, 2021

    Government investment in artificial intelligence is ramping up for researchers and contractors looking to work with Uncle Sam.

  • Defense Department

    Enthusiasm Growing at Pentagon for OTAs

    February 04, 2021

    The Pentagon is using special contracting mechanisms to try to promote innovation and bring nontraditional partners into the acquisition fold.

  • Defense Department

    Defense Industry Could See Another Wave of Mergers, Acquisitions

    February 02, 2021

    The defense industry could be on the cusp of further consolidation as contractors look to bolster their business portfolios and access to innovation through mergers and acquisitions, analysts say.