- March 19, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- Cyber Threats to the Aviation Industry (From RealClearDefense)
There are 5,000 planes in U.S. skies at any given time, and most aircraft operations rely on software. As the air travel industry has become dependent on information and communication systems, more cyber threat access points have been created that could lead to malfunctions or compromise customer data. Aviation stakeholders need to boost cybersecurity efforts to ensure customers have a [ Read More…]
- March 19, 2018
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- High Tech Surveillance: Critical For Effective Border Control (From RealClearDefense)
While most attention has been focused on the practical and symbolic value of a physical wall, it has long been recognized by the president and senior members of his administration that a barrier system alone would not suffice to secure the border. Following the president’s visit to San Diego, senior DHS officials went to some lengths in an official press [ Read More…]
- March 15, 2018
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Will Navy’s Next Generation Network Miss the Mark for Sailors and Marines? (From RealClearDefense)
Later this year, the U.S. Navy intends to award a new contract to support and upgrade the world’s largest IT network. The current contract, called the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), involves some 400,000 computers and 800,000 users at 2,500 locations, primarily in the continental United States but also including Marine Corps sites overseas. The new contract, the Next Generation [ Read More…]
- March 14, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump’s Embrace Of Space Force Could Transform How America Wages War (From Forbes)
President Trump confounded his defense advisors this week by embracing the idea of a Space Force to manage military activities in space. Not a space command or a space corps, but a Space Force. The president may be on to something. Space isn’t just increasingly important to our security and increasingly contested by our rivals, it is a good place from which to influence events on Earth. Good, that is, if the military leaders charged with overseeing defense activities there [ Read More…]
- March 12, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Mike Griffin, Pentagon’s New Tech Chief, Likely To Take A Hard Look At Military’s Space Launch Plans (From Forbes)
The Pentagon’s new Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin, may be the most intellectually gifted public servant in the entire Trump administration. What he is best known for, though, is his extensive background in space technology — most notably as NASA Administrator in the Bush administration. Given his resume, it’s a safe bet that Griffin will be taking a close look at the Air Force’s plan to secure space launch services in the future. He may not like [ Read More…]
- March 8, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Nuclear Burden-Sharing Dictates That Germany Acquire The F-35 (From Defense News)
The sharing of responsibility for the storage and delivery of tactical nuclear weapons among member countries is a key aspect of NATO’s strategic deterrent. NATO’s arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons consists entirely of air-delivered B61 gravity bombs. Currently, in addition to U.S. forward-based fighters, five NATO countries — Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey — host tactical nuclear weapons, and all of these but Turkey have dual-capable aircraft dedicated to their delivery. The German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, must [ Read More…]
- March 8, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army Needs To Buy Capability Today To Be Modern Tomorrow (From RealClearDefense)
Processes are no substitute for production. The U.S. Army’s effort to reform the processes associated with its acquisition system, from requirements definition through investments in technology to engineering development and production, is moving forward. However, it is not clear that the Army has the luxury of time to first reorganize the acquisition system and then develop an array of new platforms and systems. The Army needs to accelerate current efforts to upgrade existing capabilities beyond the levels in the current [ Read More…]
- March 7, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How The Pentagon’s Space Program Cratered In The 1990s — And Why It’s Now In Danger Again (from Forbes)
In the years after the Cold War ended, the Pentagon’s space program fell to its lowest ebb since the launch of Sputnik in 1957. Most of the new orbital systems being developed for the military and the intelligence community went way over budget and fell far behind their intended schedules — to a point where some had to be canceled. In retrospect, this decay was caused by a lack of funding, a corresponding need to accept more risk, an erosion [ Read More…]
- March 7, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Jones Act Is Needed Now More Than Ever (From The National Interest)
Almost one hundred years ago, the U.S. Congress sought to enhance the nation’s ability to provide and maintain a Navy by passing the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act places restrictions on what is called cabotage, the movement of goods between U.S. ports and on U.S. waterways. It mandates that only U.S. built and flagged vessels conduct this trade and that at least 75 percent of the crews of these ships be [ Read More…]
- March 1, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army’s Other Major Aviation Modernization Program (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. Army believes that future high-end conflicts will require aviation assets, particularly helicopters, which are long range, fast-moving and highly lethal. Future military helicopters will need to lift more weight, generate greater power and use less fuel. The Army has two major aviation modernization programs. The first, and the one that garners the largest share of public attention, is the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. Its ultimate goal is to replace most of the U.S. military’s fleet of helicopters [ Read More…]
- February 27, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Biothreats Are Exploding. Firewalls and Fallout Shelters Won’t Help (From Forbes)
Next month is the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918, which ultimately cost 50-100 million lives worldwide and reduced life expectancy in the U.S. by 12 years. The most important reason to remember that devastating pandemic today is that scientists now know how to synthesize such pathogens in a laboratory. In fact, a Canadian team came very close to replicating the smallpox virus last year, and then proceeded to explain how in a published paper. This is [ Read More…]
- February 26, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- How To Prevent Electric Vehicles From Stressing The Grid (From Forbes)
According to the Edison Electric Institute, seven million zero-emission vehicles will be on American roads by 2025. This could have significant impacts on the grid as charging one electric vehicle is nearly equivalent to adding three houses to the power system. Utilities must implement rate designs to efficiently manage electricity demand. Rate structure options include demand charges, time-of-use rates and dynamic pricing. I have written a commentary on this subject for Forbes here.
- February 23, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Key To Success In Afghanistan Is Logistics (From RealClearDefense)
A competent and sustainable Afghan security force is essential to the U.S. strategy of eventually transitioning security responsibilities to the Afghan government. For nearly two decades, the U.S. and its coalition partners have been struggling to help the government in Kabul to organize, train, equip and sustain the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), consisting of the Afghan National Army, Afghan Air Force, National Police, local police and intelligence service. Where the ANDSF has experienced serious and persistent problems [ Read More…]