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

  • Training and Simulation

    I/ITSEC NEWS: Army Making Big Push to Train, Retain Coders

    November 30, 2020

    The Army is rolling out initiatives to recruit, train and retain a cadre of highly skilled coders to ensure soldiers can prevail on the highly digitized battlefields of the future.

  • Defense Contracting

    Trends in OTA Spending Raise Questions

    November 30, 2020

    The use of other transaction authority agreements, or OTAs, by the Pentagon continues to ramp up. The uptick raises a number of important questions about how these trends will ultimately shape the future of defense acquisitions, analysts say.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    U.S. Military Wants to Bring Allies into AI Fold

    November 16, 2020

    The Defense Department has kicked off a new initiative to bring like-minded nations together to work on AI policies and capabilities.

  • Ballistics

    Armaments Group Revamps to Aid Military Prototyping

    November 13, 2020

    The National Armaments Consortium — with a portfolio that runs the gamut from small caliber ammunition to long-range missiles — is making changes to handle a growing caseload of Pentagon-sponsored prototyping efforts.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    AI to Boost Military Info-Tech Market

    November 12, 2020

    Pentagon spending on artificial intelligence is expected to grow faster than the overall defense information-technology market, according to one analyst.

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    Pentagon Grappling With AI’s Ethical Challenges

    November 10, 2020

    Artificial intelligence is a top modernization priority for the U.S. military, with officials envisioning a wide range of applications, from back office functions to tactical warfighting scenarios.

  • Defense Department

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon to Release New Mission Engineering Guide

    November 09, 2020

    The Defense Department will soon release a new guide to help engineers and the acquisition community as they pursue new capabilities for the military.

  • Battlefield Communications

    BREAKING: Pentagon Unveils New Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy

    October 29, 2020

    The Defense Department’s new strategy for maintaining military superiority across the electromagnetic spectrum, released Oct. 29, will have major implications for industry as the Pentagon tries to stay ahead of China and Russia.