- August 17, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- White House Study of Defense Industrial Base Will Find A Decaying ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ (From Forbes)
On July 21, President Trump signed an executive order directing a “whole-of-government” assessment of the U.S. industrial base. The goal is to determine where deficiencies and dependencies exist that might undermine military effectiveness in future conflicts. The news will not be good. Basic industries such as steel and aluminum have suffered severe setbacks due to competition from subsidized foreign producers. [ Read More…]
- August 11, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- How The F-35B Will Lead The British Navy Into The 21st Century (From RealClearDefense)
The Times, one of the U.K.’s premier newspapers, recently published a series of articles on an investigation into British procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The Times’ reporting levied three basic criticisms of the F-35B. First, the JSF costs more than the figures provided by the program office. Second, the aircraft is technically flawed. Third, the British Navy [ Read More…]
- August 10, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- How Secretary Tillerson Could Reshape The State Department (From Defense News)
One of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s highest priorities is to reform the Department of State. If all he proposes is a smaller organization with fewer senior “straphangers,” the Secretary will have missed a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine the role of the Department of State in U.S. foreign and national security policies. Secretary Tillerson could take as his model for reform the [ Read More…]
- August 8, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Air War That Is Defeating ISIS (From RealClearDefense)
News reports regarding the campaign to defeat ISIS tend to focus on the ebb and flow of ground wars in Iraq and Syria. What has been little recognized and certainly under-reported is the successes of the air campaign run by U.S. Central Command supporting not only of the fight against ISIS but also that against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The air campaign against ISIS is a clear example of the “shock and awe” that modern air forces can achieve. While [ Read More…]
- August 5, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why America Must Expand Its Amphibious Warfare Capabilities (From The National Interest)
There is too much talk among U.S. national security experts about America’s waning ability to withstand the multitude of threats it faces. The U.S. Armed Forces possess a number of asymmetric advantages. While it is important to shore up areas of weakness and close serious technological and operational gaps, it should be an equal priority to leverage and even increase investment in areas where the U.S. maintains a competitive advantage. One of these areas is amphibious warfare. No other military [ Read More…]
- August 4, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Fast-Track Options For Blunting North Korea’s Missile Threat To America (From Forbes)
Diplomacy is getting U.S. leaders nowhere in slowing the North Korean missile program, so now Washington will need to consider its military options. Beefing up missile defense of the homeland is much less dangerous than taking offensive action against North Korea. But all of the near-term defensive options for coping with the danger focus on one program: Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD). No other program in the Pentagon’s portfolio can intercept long-range ballistic missiles in the time frame when better defenses will be [ Read More…]
- August 2, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Cyber Threat Data Sharing Needs Refinement
Technologies are being interconnected and integrated onto the nation’s electric grid to decrease weaknesses. However, these physical and computerized elements multiply the number of access points for cyber risks, making protection of the grid challenging. If done correctly, sharing cyber threat information eliminates the chances for one cyber threat or attack to affect multiple stakeholders.
- August 1, 2017Paul Steidler
- Stop Dangerous Drugs In International Mail (From The National Interest)
We need to tighten international mail screenings to help curtail the influx of dangerous new synthetic drugs that can easily be ordered online. I discuss these issues for The National Interest here.
- July 31, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- OA-X: An Air Force Program Warfighters And Taxpayers Can Do Without (From Forbes)
After studying the concept for over a decade, the Air Force this summer will host a flight demonstration to determine whether off-the-shelf light attack aircraft have anything useful to offer in the way of future capabilities. Officials are thinking mainly of low-cost, slow-moving turboprops equipped for close air support. The idea doesn’t make much sense. First, turboprops won’t survive operation in most places worth going. Second, the Air Force already has a host of other aircraft available for the mission [ Read More…]
- July 31, 2017Paul Steidler
- Seven Biggest Reasons America Should Seek Energy Dominance (From Investor’s Business Daily)
The United States is on the cusp of becoming the world’s dominant energy provider. This has wide-ranging and very positive ramifications. It means more jobs, heightened U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and an improved trade balance. Expanded energy production and exports is also a peaceable way to strengthen America’s global influence. I have written a commentary on this topic for Investor’s Business Daily here.
- July 28, 2017William P. Hendon
- Lexington Summer Intern: William P. Hendon
Hello, I’m Will Hendon, originally from Eastaboga, Alabama. I graduated high school at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science where I received the English Concentration with Distinction award. Currently, I’m a rising junior at New York University with a dual major in Global Liberal Studies and English, with a concentration in Politics, Rights and Development. As a college student, I am a member of NYU’s mock trial team. This has allowed me to compete in imitation trials with other [ Read More…]
- July 26, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- New Artillery Rounds Will Help Restore America’s Conventional Deterrence (From The National Interest)
Once upon a time, the U.S. was the world’s sole military superpower. Commentators coined the phrase “the American way of war.” This term referred primarily to the employment of superior air and space capabilities to dominate the initial period of hostilities and determine their course and outcome. In fact, the U.S. military was dominant in virtually every domain of warfare for more than two decades. I have written a commentary for The National Interest here.
- July 26, 2017Doug Mesecar
- 4 Ways Tennessee Is Prioritizing Personalized Learning in Its New ESSA Plan (From The74Million.org)
Tennessee’s state education leaders have launched a plan that positions the state’s schools for an historic opportunity. The Volunteer State — more than any other state so far — is taking important steps to reframe accountability from a system of sanctions and compliance to one of aligned supports and authentic outcomes. Other states should take note as they devise their own accountability plans. The comprehensive approach prepared by Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen and her team represents a powerful blueprint [ Read More…]