- July 20, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Congress Must Reform Military Sustainment As It Did Acquisition (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. military’s Achilles heel in future conflicts will not be inferior technology. Rather, it will be an antiquated, industrial-age sustainment model. The way the Pentagon is organized to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work gives rise to endless parts shortages, large numbers of so-called “hanger queens” and fleets of aircraft, ships and vehicles with availability rates well below [ Read More…]
- July 19, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How The Air Force Could Become The Biggest Threat To The F-35 Fighter’s Success (From Forbes)
The tri-service F-35 fighter is turning into a great success, not just for America’s military but for nearly a dozen allies. What could go wrong? The biggest danger is that the U.S. Air Force will be distracted just as two decades worth of investment starts generating operational benefits. The Air Force is 72% of the planned domestic buy in the [ Read More…]
- July 17, 2018
- Constance Douris, M.A.
- How Electric Vehicles Reduce the Cost of Doing Business (From InsideSources)
According to the Department of Energy, charging an electric car costs about half as much as fueling a gasoline-powered car. The U.S. average per gallon of gasoline is $2.50 while it would cost $1.10 per eGallon to charge an electric car. As a result, electric cars, buses and trucks save money on fuel and maintenance. I have written a commentary [ Read More…]
- July 16, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Putting Interceptors On Trucks Is The Fastest Way Trump Can Bolster Missile Defense Of America (From Forbes)
The Trump administration wants to bolster defenses of the U.S. homeland against ballistic missile attack. The only program the Pentagon has capable of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile warheads headed for America is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD. GMD has been successful in five of its last six tests, but it has two problems: it lacks enough interceptors to cope with a large-scale attack, and the interceptors it has are concentrated at two fixed cites. Prime contractor Boeing has [ Read More…]
- July 16, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Congress Must Not Retreat On Acquisition Reform Over JEDI Cloud Contract
For the past five or six years, Congress has led the fight to reform the Pentagon’s slow, risk averse and costly acquisition system. Led by visionaries such as Senator John McCain and Representative Mac Thornberry, both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees (SASC and HASC) have restructured the acquisition bureaucracy, lightened the regulatory and contracting burdens on programs, expanded access to alternative contracting mechanisms, encouraged experimentation and prototyping and supported greater reliance by the Department of Defense (DoD) on [ Read More…]
- July 13, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Raytheon’s Pathfinder Program For Next-Gen GPS Has Become A Breakthrough Success (From Forbes)
The Global Positioning System is one of the signature technological successes of this generation. Google Maps, Uber and your smart phone couldn’t work without it. But GPS satellites don’t operate on autopilot. They must be monitored and managed continuously by Air Force personnel on the ground. In 2010, the Air Force awarded Raytheon the contract to develop the ground control segment for GPS III, a new generation of navigation satellites that would have greater accuracy, availability and resilience. The OCX [ Read More…]
- July 13, 2018Rathna K. Muralidharan
- The Nuclear Reactor Renaissance: Space Exploration and National Security (From RealClearEnergy)
The nuclear power sector is seeing a resurgence in innovation, supported by new policies and emerging technologies. BWXT is at the forefront of this nuclear renaissance and is paving a path forward in two of the U.S. government’s top priorities: space exploration and national security. BWXT is currently building a compact nuclear reactor for space shuttles to put an astronaut on Mars and possibly even explore Jupiter’s moons by 2024. Revolutions in nuclear reactors come at the optimal time as the [ Read More…]
- July 12, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Military Can’t Wait For The Politics Of Cloud Contracting To Be Resolved (From RealClearDefense)
Cloud computing offers ways of making defense network operations faster, more agile, more responsive to emerging challenges and more effective. Until recently, the Department of Defense was moving forward with plans to migrate much of the military’s IT infrastructure to the cloud. Unfortunately, Washington politics has created roadblocks to the Pentagon’s efforts to leverage the richness of cloud computing for the military. Critics within the IT industry and on Capitol Hill generated a miasma of misinformation targeting one pending cloud [ Read More…]
- July 10, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- A Quick Fix For U.S. Navy Surveillance Gaps In Asia (From Forbes)
The U.S. Navy has difficulty identifying remote threats in the Indo-Pacific region, whether they be distant warships or military units operating under jungle canopies. It appears the Air Force has a solution: a multi-spectral infrared sensor designated MS-177A that flies on both the U-2 spy plane and the Global Hawk drone. Adapting the Air Force sensor for use on Navy patrol planes and drones could eliminate capability gaps identified by both the Fifth Fleet and the Seventh Fleet. But first [ Read More…]
- July 10, 2018Lexington Institute
- Lexington Summer Intern: Marley Smith-Peters
Hello, My name is Marley Smith-Peters and I am entering into my senior year of college at California State University, Chico. I have a major in Political Science with a focus in Legal Studies, as well as a minor in International Relations. In my spare time, I love to keep myself busy. I am an avid reader and I enjoy keeping up with the news, especially global affairs and events on an international scale. I am an animal lover and [ Read More…]
- July 10, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- Electric Vehicles: Automakers Are Ahead of the Customer (From RealClearEnergy)
In coming years, automakers will unveil dozens of new electric vehicle (EV) models. Ford alone recently announced that it is investing $11 billion in EV development. A glance at automakers’ EV investments worldwide is revealing: $19 billion in the United States, $21 billion in China, and $52 billion in Germany. Clearly, these seasoned companies do not doubt the future EV market as many cities and countries around the world begin phasing-out the conventional internal combustion engine. I have written a commentary [ Read More…]
- July 9, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why China Wants A Super Rocket Like NASA’s Space Launch System (From Forbes)
NASA is developing a new Space Launch System that one day may carry humans to Mars. It eventually will be the biggest rocket ever built, able to lift 130 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit. China says it wants to build an even bigger rocket, dubbed Long March 9. But China has announced no plans to send astronauts to Mars, which raises the question why it would need such a big launch vehicle. The answer may reside in the fact [ Read More…]
- July 6, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Germany’s Choice For A Tornado Replacement Could Undermine NATO (From Defense News)
It is clear to any reasonable observer that the state of the NATO alliance is not good. Even as a candidate, Donald Trump made it clear that he desired to see the other alliance members contribute more to the common defense. As President, Mr. Trump shifted from a request to a demand that NATO countries meet their self-imposed target of spending 2 percent of their individual gross domestic product on defense. He recently returned to this theme, possibly previewing his [ Read More…]