- May 26, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- What Does Trump Think Of America’s Space Launch Industry? (From The National Interest)
What would President Trump think about the current state of the U.S. space launch industrial base and the Department of Defense’s plan for a next generation of rocket motors and boosters? How might he react when told that the U.S. is dependent on Russian engines to operate one of its two primary satellite launchers, the Atlas V? As a lifelong [ Read More…]
- May 24, 2017
- Lexington Institute
- VIDEOS: CAPITOL HILL EVENT: Securing Smart Grid Data – 5.12.17
The Lexington Institute hosted a Capitol Hill Forum on Securing Smart Grid Data on Friday, May 12. Click on the names of the speakers below to view videos of their speeches. Videos of Speeches: Ms. Allison J. Bender, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells (former Cybersecurity Attorney, Department of Homeland Security Ms. Sarah Cortes, President, Inman Technology (Co-author, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s [ Read More…]
- May 23, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- One-Year Waits For Security Clearances Are Costing Washington Billions (From Forbes)
The backlog of security clearances being processed by the Office of Personnel Management has grown to 570,000. On average, it takes over 500 days for OPM to make its initial determination as to whether it will grant a Top Secret clearance — and that isn’t even the end of the process. Obviously, such delays waste a lot of taxpayer money. [ Read More…]
- May 23, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- What Would A President Pence Mean For America’s Military? (From RealClearDefense)
If the troubled presidency of Donald Trump ends early, vice president Mike Pence would presumably become president. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what that would mean for domestic policy, because Pence is a movement conservative who has been remarkably consistent over the years on subjects like abortion and regulation. When it comes to the military, though, Pence’s views are less clear. His father was a decorated combat veteran in Korea and his only son is a lieutenant [ Read More…]
- May 22, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Avoiding A Second Pearl Harbor: Why America Must Boost Hawaii’s Defenses (From The National Interest)
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s efforts to develop long-range ballistic missiles (ICBM) and nuclear warheads are accelerating. The Director of National Intelligence believes that 2017 will be the year that North Korea tests an ICBM, a weapon with sufficient range to deliver a nuclear weapon to Hawaii, Alaska and the continental United States. The current homeland missile defense architecture is probably sufficient to defend Alaska and the lower 48 states from North Korean ICBMs. Compared to the other 49 [ Read More…]
- May 18, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: The iPhone Of Stealth Combat Aircraft (From The National Interest)
The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 did more than merely improve the state of mobile communications or make Apple a pile of money. It unleashed a revolution in the social interactions and behaviors of civil society. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the world’s first truly international military aircraft, is on the brink of revolutionizing not just air combat but the military organizations deploying it, the coalitions and alliances in which the JSF will operate and the way conflicts [ Read More…]
- May 16, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Boeing’s T-X Could Be Good News For Struggling St. Louis Economy (From Forbes)
Boeing disclosed Monday that if it wins the competition to build the Air Force’s T-X trainer, the plane will be built at the company’s manufacturing complex in St. Louis. Boeing is the biggest manufacturing employer in Missouri, and its continued presence in St. Louis has been a bulwark of the local economy at a time when other manufacturers were departing. The company says T-X could provide 1800 new jobs in the area. It could also help preserve one of the [ Read More…]
- May 15, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How Trump Can Fix the Army’s Tank Fleet, Deter Russia and Boost Midwest Manufacturing — In Five Years (From Forbes)
The last tank plant in America is turning out only a dozen modernized Abrams tanks per year. Needless to say, there isn’t much left of the tank industrial base and supply chain. President Trump can fix that. In fact, he can fix several problems with one move. By accelerating tank production at the plant to 22 tanks per month — a third the rate of Reagan years — he can fully modernize the Army’s tank fleet in only five years, deter [ Read More…]
- May 12, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The First Signs Of A National Mobilization For War Are Appearing (From RealClearDefense)
There are calls from many quarters to increase the size of the U.S. military, accelerate current major weapons programs and invest in revolutionary technologies for the future. What we are seeing could be the first signs of national industrial mobilization. To an extent, what is happening in the United States today mirrors the tentative steps the Western Allies, but particularly Great Britain, began to take in the early 1930s. Then, like now, the process of national industrial mobilization began slowly [ Read More…]
- May 9, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Balancing Access to Electricity Data and Privacy Concerns
Digital technology is deployed on the electric grid to make it “smarter,” allowing two-way communication and the transferring of data. This information enables customers to manage electricity costs, makes the grid more reliable, and provides third party providers with the information they need to produce innovative energy products and services. But while electricity data gathered by these technologies is beneficial, balancing the privacy of customers is necessary. The Department of Energy created a voluntary code of conduct program to address [ Read More…]
- May 9, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- How The United Nations’ Policies Hurt American Industry (From The National Interest)
The United Nation’s system of contracting with private companies for goods and services is badly in need of reform. Take one example: the procurement of air transport services. The UN spends more than $500 million a year on air transportation services. Yet, when it comes to awarding contracts, US firms, the best breed in the world, are virtually aced out. In 2015, the UN spent nearly $585 million on air transport services; U.S. firms won a paltry $9 million of [ Read More…]
- May 9, 2017Don Soifer
- Saving the Postal Service Requires Getting the Details Right
Change is frequently a difficult experience for many people, no matter how necessary or worthwhile they believe it to be. This is certainly proving to be the case with the future of the U.S. Postal Service, one of our most visible, and treasured, American government institutions. The need for change is well documented and easily recognized. The Postal Service announced a $5 billion operating deficit last year, raising its total, cumulative losses to over $62 billion since 2007. This vast [ Read More…]
- May 8, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Eisenhower’s ‘Military-Industrial Complex’ Shrinks to 1% Of Economy (From Forbes)
During the early days of the Cold War, the United States had a public and private weapons sector that consumed resources equivalent to 3-4% of gross domestic product. President Eisenhower referred to the industry and its supporters in government as the “military-industrial complex,” hinting that they might exercise undue influence over federal priorities. Perhaps he was right. However, today the military-industrial complex consumes barely 1% of GDP; its role in the economic and political life of the nation has shrunk correspondingly. [ Read More…]