- June 28, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Electricity Delivery Is An Open Target For Cyber Threats (From The National Interest)
The electric grid often utilizes industrial control systems to automate generation, transmission and distribution. As utilities adopt digital technologies to keep up with electricity demand and consumption, cyber attack vulnerabilities increase and new entry points emerge. Many public utilities commissions have not required utilities to boost their cybersecurity, placing customer electricity access in jeopardy. Regulators need to incentivize and mandate [ Read More…]
- June 27, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Defense Firms Rapidly Evolving to Address New Challenges (From RealClearDefense)
In the 21st century, Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies took a different approach to a changing defense environment. Rather than seeking to capture a larger share of the declining market, they focused on becoming more efficient and gaining dominance in select technology areas and production capabilities. The large firms such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and BAE Systems are “doubling down” [ Read More…]
- June 26, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Without Latest Version Of WIN-T, Army Commanders Will Be Easy Targets In Next War (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. Army’s chief of staff has stated repeatedly that fixed command posts are not likely to survive for long in the fast-moving conflicts of the future. However, the networking gear currently fielded to company, battalion and brigade commanders in places like Europe requires stopping to set up fixed communications nodes. The service has a solution: the latest version of the [ Read More…]
- June 26, 2017Doug Mesecar
- Personalized Learning and the New Federal Education Law: Three States Now Leading the Way (From The74Million.org)
The primary federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, provides an unprecedented opportunity for states and districts to make a bold move to personalized learning models. They must seize this opportunity to systemically rethink their approach to teaching and learning and redesign their policies to enable innovation over tradition. It is difficult to identify sustained improvements over the last 25 years in student outcomes across the country. During this same period, total federal, state, and local spending on education [ Read More…]
- June 23, 2017Don Soifer
- The Crisis in Synthetic Opioids Arriving by International Mail
Public safety officials across the United States are scrambling for solutions to a worsening crisis caused by synthetic opioids. Fentanyl and similar synthetic drugs killed nearly 10,000 Americans in 2015. As Nathaniel Popper explains in his New York Times article, these drugs are arriving in the United States by international mail, delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to users and dealers who purchase them over the internet from producers in Asia and especially China. As the article discusses, requiring advanced, electronic [ Read More…]
- June 23, 2017Monica Kern
- Lexington Summer Intern: Jakob Dammen
Hello, My name is Jakob Dammen and I am a high school junior from Denver, Colorado. My favorite subjects in school are science, social studies and political science. I have taken multiple Advanced Placement courses on these topics, and have obtained “The Lassallian Torch Award,” the highest achievable academic honor, for two years in a row. In addition to my love for history, I am active with the Republican and Democratic political parties at my school. As a result, I [ Read More…]
- June 23, 2017Max Boubin
- Lexington Summer Intern: Max Boubin
Hello, My name is Max Boubin and I am very excited to intern at the Lexington Institute, located next to our nation’s capital. I am currently a student at East High School in Denver, Colorado. As a member of the East Speech and Debate Team, I have refined my public speaking and writing skills by competing with other students in many varsity tournaments. Topics that I have debated include policy, congressional law, the Fourth Amendment, English influence on the U.S. [ Read More…]
- June 21, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Danger! Virus Discovered That Targets America’s Electrical Grid (From The National Interest)
Two security firms, ESET and Dragos, released reports about the discovery of a virus that aims to damage equipment on any nation’s electric grid. The virus is called Industroyer, also known as “Crash Override,” and targets computers that control electrical substations and circuit breakers. According to a report from Lloyd’s of London, a cyber-attack on the U.S. grid could result in a total economic loss ranging from $243 billion to $1 trillion. This is because such an attack could mean a collapse [ Read More…]
- June 21, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Lockheed Martin Plan To Build Fighters In India Could Become Model For Securing U.S. Jobs, Exports (From Forbes)
Lockheed Martin and India’s Tata Group disclosed this week that they have formed a partnership to build the F-16 fighter in India. If the F-16 is selected as India’s next fighter, the production line will move there to satisfy New Delhi’s requirement that any such fighter be indigenously built with a local partner. Tata Advanced Systems, the defense arm of one of the world’s biggest industrial conglomerates, was an obvious partner. Lockheed’s plan is probably the last, best hope to [ Read More…]
- June 20, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Signs The F-35 Fighter Is A Smashing Success (From RealClearDefense)
This week’s performance by the F-35 fighter at the Paris Air Show underscores the progress that program has made in assuring America’s joint force will retain global air dominance through mid-century. This year the F-35 will wrap up the most comprehensive flight test program in aviation history having met all of its “signature” (stealth) specifications while encountering no show-stoppers. Over 200 of the planes have been delivered and 400 pilots trained at a dozen operational bases. The Air Force version [ Read More…]
- June 20, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Buying Smarter Saves The Pentagon Money (From RealClearDefense)
Buying aircraft, ships and vehicles in a block or through multi-year contracts allows the Pentagon to save billions of dollars. Long lead items and expensive components can be purchased in economical quantities. The supply chain can be managed to ensure the optimum flow of materials and parts. Price breaks can be negotiated from suppliers because they see a long-term, steady demand for their products. Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense are reported to be finalizing a large, multi-year contract [ Read More…]
- June 16, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Air Force Rethinks Military Space Plan After Bezos Rocket Component Blows Up (From Forbes)
The Air Force’s plan for developing next-generation launch vehicles has been dealt a setback with the explosion during testing of a key component on the Blue Origin BE-4 rocket engine. Blue Origin is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and teamed with United Launch Alliance — the main provider of military launch services — in developing the methane-powered BE-4. Because the Air Force is operating under a congressional mandate to cease using Russian rocket engines on military launches as soon as possible, it [ Read More…]
- June 16, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Despite Opposition To President Trump’s Wall, The Southern Border Is Being Secured (From RealClearDefense)
The White House and Democrats in Congress continue to fight over the President’s plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico. A physical barrier is one way to secure the border, but not always the most cost-effective solution. Years of investment by the U.S. government in advanced surveillance and sensing technologies, wide area communications networks, pattern recognition algorithms and compact power generation systems are producing revolutionary capabilities for alternatives to physical barriers. Programs such as the Integrated Fixed [ Read More…]