- June 18, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Motivated By Russian, Chinese Threats To Critical U.S. Orbital Systems (From Forbes)
President Trump announced today that he has directed the military to establish a sixth branch for conducting operations in space. The plan is a surprise, but it is arguably timely because Russian and Chinese threats to critical U.S. orbital assets are growing fast. If the Pentagon does not step up its game in space, America might lose its edge in [ Read More…]
- June 18, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Invisible Scourge: The Danger of Chemical or Biological Attack on America is Growing Fast
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to read the full report as a PDF. The danger of a chemical or biological attack against the U.S. homeland is growing. In the case of chemical threats, thousands of sites around the world manufacture precursors that could be used to fashion weaponized toxins such as nerve gas. North Korea and Syria apparently have done so. [ Read More…]
- June 18, 2018
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army Must Balance Expensive Modernization with Lower Cost Upgrades (From The National Interest)
The current defense budget environment is different from previous eras. While resources are available, the Department of Defense must both introduce new, even revolutionary, capabilities in order to re-establish overmatch vis-à-vis global competitors and replace entire fleets of support aircraft and vehicles that have aged to the point of obsolescence. The Army has a particularly difficult challenge when it comes [ Read More…]
- June 18, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- VIDEOS: CAPITOL HILL EVENT – Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid – 6.8.18
If a mass power outage were to result from a cyberattack on the electric grid, national security and economic stability would be threatened. This is because hospitals, banks, factories, pipelines, financial networks, water systems, telecommunications and military bases cannot function without electricity.
- June 15, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Lockheed, Pratt Disclose F-35 Cost-Cutting Moves As Air Force Secretary Presses For Economies (From Forbes)
The Air Force will be absorbing 72% of the F-35 fighter domestic production run, so Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is pressing contractors to reduce costs — not just for building the plane, but for operating it once it is fielded. Her efforts seem to be paying off. This week lead airframe contractor Lockheed Martin and lead engine contractor Pratt & Whitney both unveiled initiatives aimed at reducing costs to users. Wilson eventually wants to get the cost of operations [ Read More…]
- June 14, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Gen. Milley Is Right: The U.S. Army Is On The Mend (From Defense News)
Last month, in an appearance before the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley provided a notably upbeat assessment of the state of his service: “The Army is on the mend. I can report out to you today, after two and a half years as the chief of staff of the Army, we are in significantly better shape than we were just a short time ago.” Clearly, some of the [ Read More…]
- June 12, 2018Lexington Institute
- Capitol Hill Forum on President Trump’s Postal Service Task Force – 6.15.18
The Lexington Institute is hosting a Capitol Hill Forum about President Trump’s Postal Service Task Force on Friday, June 15 at 12:00 pm. We hope you will be able to join us. Speakers to date include: Ms. Anna Möller Boivie, Managing Director, Copenhagen Economics Mr. James Campbell, Attorney and Author Mr. Scott Cunningham, Deputy Chief of Staff, Representative Kenny Marchant Dr. Gene Del Polito, Former President, Association for Postal Commerce Ms. Ann Fisher, Director, Postal Regulatory Commission Mr. John Hatton, [ Read More…]
- June 12, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump’s Korea Nuclear Deal Could Change the Focus of U.S. Missile Defense (From Forbes)
North Korea probably will not give up its nuclear arsenal, but in the aftermath of the Singapore summit, it is worth considering what such an outcome might mean for the U.S. missile defense program. If the North Korean nuclear threat to America’s homeland were removed, the Trump administration would likely focus missile defense efforts on the nuclear forces of China and Russia, which pose a much greater threat to America. That would tend to favor the Boeing/Raytheon Ground-based Midcourse Defense [ Read More…]
- June 7, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- White House Preparing Bio-defense Strategy As Germ Warfare Fears Rise (From Forbes)
Time was, the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” was almost synonymous with nuclear weapons. Not in this White House, though. The Trump Administration is so concerned about biological threats and global pandemics that the National Security Council staff is preparing a dedicated bio-defense strategy. Pandemics have ravaged humanity from its earliest days — smallpox killed more people than all the wars of the 20th Century combined — but it may be that what stirred the White House to action was [ Read More…]
- June 5, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump Industrial Policy Likely To Target U.S. Commercial Shipbuilding & Merchant Fleet For Revival (From Forbes)
Two-way trade between the U.S. and other countries totaled over $5 trillion last year. Most of it was transported by sea, but very little moved on American-built, American-operated or American-crewed vessels. The U.S. shipbuilding and seaborne shipping industries have largely ceased participating in international trade, thanks to the unfortunate confluence of foreign mercantilism and domestic free-market ideology. Chances are, President Trump will soon begin moving to change this. Trump’s strategy of restoring America’s industrial sinews must eventually include the commercial [ Read More…]
- June 1, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army Needs To Get Serious About Modernizing THAAD (From RealClearDefense)
Air and missile defense is one of the U.S. Army’s six modernization priorities. Based on current funding profiles, it is the number one priority, receiving about half the total funding the Army plans to spend on its priorities between 2020 and 2024. With all the money and attention the Army is devoting to getting new and improved air and missile defense capabilities into the field, why isn’t it moving aggressively to leverage the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), its [ Read More…]
- May 29, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Poised To Become One Of America’s Biggest Exports (From Forbes)
The tri-service F-35 fighter has completed development and begun deploying overseas. At least 11 foreign countries will buy it, and if it turns out anything like the F-16 it is replacing, the number of foreign buyers could eventually be twice that number. Which raises the interesting question of how big a contribution F-35 might eventually make to the U.S. trade balance. Prime contractor Lockheed Martin figures it will sell around 1,500 of the fighters overseas, which at today’s prices would [ Read More…]
- May 29, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Will The Navy “Walk The Walk” On Acquisition Reform With NGEN-R?
Today, everyone in the Department of Defense is talking about acquisition reform. Congress has instituted major changes to the way the Office of the Secretary of Defense is organized in order to improve its ability to rapidly identify, acquire and procure advanced technologies. It also has expanded the ability of procurement officials to employ rapid acquisition methods. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has declared that “to keep pace with our times, the department will transition to a culture of performance [ Read More…]