James Drew

James Drew
Defense Editor,
Aviation Week

A journalism graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, James moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2014 to pursue a career in defense trade reporting after more than two years writing for community newspapers in Brisbane. James began reporting for Inside Washington Publishers’ Inside the Air Force before moving to Flightglobal, where he traveled extensively as a Washington-based military aviation reporter for the company’s online and print publications. James is a former Australian Army Reserve rifleman with an interest in military hardware, media, photography and video production. He joined Aviation Week in June 2016.


P-8A Request Restored To 117 Operational Aircraft 
The U.S. Navy has bumped its P-8A Poseidon procurement objective back up from 109 operational aircraft to the original “warfighting requirement” of 117.
U.S. Africa Command Wary Of China’s New Djibouti Base 
As global superpowers jostle for influence on the African continent, the U.S. military is having to learn to share Djibouti with China.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Seeks Competitive Production Of Next-Gen Missile  2
Aerojet Rocketdyne says there is enough manufacturing work in the ground-bases strategic deterrent missile project for two rocket motor suppliers.
Wideband Satcom Services Study Opened To Allies 
The U.S. Defense Department wants input from allies and industry on future global wideband satellite communications architectures.
Boeing Ramping Up AH-64E Apache Production 
Boeing is ramping up production of the AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter from five to eight aircraft per month.
USAF Floats F-15 Eagle Retirement In Favor Of F-16  3
The director of the Air National Guard says retiring the F-15C/D and replacing it with upgraded F-16s is one option being considered as part of the fiscal 2019 planning process that started last fall.
F-35 To Conduct Aegis Compatibility Test At Sea 
The company is working with the Navy to establish specific test objectives for the Aegis demo, but it probably won’t involve a live intercept test.
Full-Year CR Would Hit USAF Flying Hours, Maintenance 
Under a full-year continuing resolution for fiscal 2017, the U.S. Air Force would be $1.3 billion short of what it needs to fully fund flying hours and weapon system maintenance, among other readiness needs.
Lockheed Sees Future For Hypersonic Glide Vehicles On GBSD 
Lockheed Martin says the next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile it has proposed to the U.S. Air Force to replace the Boeing Minuteman III is modular enough to someday carry maneuvering hypersonic glide vehicles.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Wants Competitive GBSD Production Phase 
Aerojet Rocketdyne is calling for continued competition between propulsion subsystem suppliers for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent.
U.S. Air Force WGS Satellite Takes Flight 
The ninth Boeing-built Wideband Global Satcom jam-resistant military communications satellite has successfully launched aboard a Delta IV rocket on March 18.
Lawmaker: Huey Replacement Delays ‘Irresponsible’ 
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) says recent delays in releasing the request for proposals for the U.S. Air Force's Huey Replacement program are “such a disappointment” and further delay would be “irresponsible” considering the importance of the mission.
Boeing Secures $3 Billion, Five-Year AH-64E Apache Deal 
The contract provides $3.3 billion to Boeing in exchange for 244 remanufactured Echo-model aircraft and another 24 new-build AH-64Es for Saudi Arabia.
Trump Wants Big Spending On U.S. Army Helicopters, Missiles 
The Trump administration’s fiscal 2017 supplemental budget, known in Washington as the “hard-power” skinny budget, would add billions of dollars to the U.S. Army’s aircraft and missile procurement accounts, providing new money for helicopters, UAVs, missiles and interceptors.
Should U.S. Walk Away From 1987 INF Treaty?  79
Analysts question whether the U.S. should continue to honor the prohibition of ground-launched mid-range missiles in light of Russia’s violation.


VH-92 Presidential Helo Passes Critical Design Review
July 27, 2016

Well spotted, although I suspect the Republican Party wishes Trump was getting around in an experimental helicopter...

Industry Pushes Back Against USAF Gulfstream EC-37B Plan
June 19, 2016

Nicely said all. There are so many aspects to this EC-37B story, and there's no right answer, but it keeps us reporters busy as everyone has their say. If this Gulfstream...