- September 22, 2017Paul Steidler
- Curtail International Mail’s Role In Opioid Crisis (From The Columbus Dispatch)
With Ohio at the center of America’s opioid crisis, seemingly all the stops are being pulled out at the state level to address this epidemic. An important and often overlooked area where the federal government can step in is to more vigorously scrutinize international mail. And to get there, new legislation is needed. I have written a commentary about this [ Read More…]
- September 21, 2017
- Constance Douris, M.A.
- Utilities Will Spend Billions on Cybersecurity As Threat Grows
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a report in May identifying products available to enhance the electric grid’s cybersecurity. New technologies employed onto the grid are multiplying the number of access points for cyber threats. At present, consistent cybersecurity controls for the distribution system, where utilities deliver electricity to customers, are lacking. If a cyberattack on a utility successfully [ Read More…]
- September 21, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Washington Is Certain To Find Canada’s Bombardier Guilty Of Trade Abuses Next Week (From Forbes)
Federal regulators are expected to issue a preliminary finding next week concerning Boeing’s petition to slap hefty duties on U.S. imports of Montreal-based Bombardier’s C Series jetliners. There isn’t much doubt how the government will rule, because this is an open and shut case. Bombardier has leveraged billions of dollars in government subsidies from Ottawa and the Quebec provincial government [ Read More…]
- September 21, 2017Rathna K. Muralidharan
- The U.S. Air Force’s Vital Role In Iraq And Afghanistan (From RealClearDefense)
Despite being at war for the past 16 years, few Americans understand the extent of the U.S. Air Force’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is because available information is incomplete, highly technical, and frequently classified. With the reveal of President Trump’s strategy in South Asia, it is now even more important that Americans understand the Air Force’s role in the region. The U.S. Air Force has played a significant role in promoting peace in the region by providing training [ Read More…]
- September 19, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Foreign Military Sales Are Always Worth Less Than The Published Number (From Forbes)
Arms sales to overseas partners are a major tool of U.S. foreign policy, but getting a clear picture of what deals are worth is not easy. The number that usually gets cited in media accounts is the congressional notification figure, but that amount usually is much bigger than the price that ends up being negotiated between Washington and foreign governments. In addition, much of the negotiated amount is “government furnished equipment” or services performed by the government itself, so the companies making [ Read More…]
- September 19, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- To Defend Europe, NATO Must Deploy More and Better Armored Forces (From RealClearDefense)
Just a few years ago, Western military leaders were all but certain that the era of the tank was over. As a result, they unwisely did away with the world’s foremost armored fighting force. But now Russia is back and building a formidable conventional military capability that can threaten its Western neighbors. In order to deter Russia from attempting to use its large and well-equipped ground forces either to intimidate its neighbors to the West or to conduct a lightning [ Read More…]
- September 18, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Getting The Most From The Army’s Humvee Fleet (From The National Interest)
The tragedy of Hurricane Harvey provided a clear demonstration of the National Guard’s role in responding to natural disasters and domestic crises. The entire Texas Guard contingent has been deployed along with units from more than a dozen states. Nearby states have provided additional Army Guard units and equipment while those farther away such as New York, Connecticut and Alaska have sent Air Guard helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Overall, the National Guard’s response demonstrates the value of each state possessing [ Read More…]
- September 15, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Rocket Motors May Provide An Early Test Of Trump Industrial Policy — And Air Force Space Plans (From Forbes)
In August, the Air Force awarded competing development contracts to Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the design of a successor to the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The program is crucial to maintaining America’s nuclear deterrent through mid-century, but the way it is executed could have important consequences for the industrial base. The next-gen missile is the last opportunity for Aerojet Rocketdyne to remain in the large solid rocket motor (SRM) business, because competitor Orbital ATK has pretty much sewn [ Read More…]
- September 14, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- California Presses Grid Operators To Substitute Non-Traditional Sources For New Investment (From Forbes)
As of December 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission began a pilot program aimed at incentivizing utilities to adopt distributed resources. The ultimate goal is to allow the three investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, to make a profit when distributed resources replace a traditional upgrade. I have written a commentary on this topic for Forbes here.
- September 14, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- United Parcel Service Is On The Forefront Of The Revolution In Healthcare
Most of us interact with package delivery companies such as the United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx at our front door, as these companies bring our online purchases and whisk away items that looked better on eBay. Without the efficient, secure and accurate movement of parcels, many of us would risk receiving stale birthday cake or Christmas cookies around Easter. If it were not for the services these companies provide, there would be no Amazon and fewer small businesses. But [ Read More…]
- September 13, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Pratt & Whitney Finds Fixes For India’s Geared Turbofans As Engine Production Ramps Up (From Forbes)
Pratt & Whitney’s breakthrough geared turbofan engine has encountered some modest turbulence during its introduction into the Indian market, thanks to premature wear on two engine parts. Because the parts need to be replaced in repair shops and there aren’t enough spare engines to keep all the A320neos equipped with the geared turbofan in service while changes are being made, some planes operated by IndiGo and GoAir have to stay on the ground. This is not a safety issue, but anytime carriers can’t operate their full [ Read More…]
- September 13, 2017Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer
- Why Personalize: Teaching and Learning in Warren Township, Indiana
Executive Summary Indiana’s Metropolitan School District of Warren Township is rapidly emerging as a personalized learning leader in the nation’s heartland. The district, one of sixteen winners of federal Race to the Top District grants from the U.S. Department of Education in late 2012, launched its first cohort of five schools implementing personalized instructional models in January 2016. Superintendent Dena Cushenberry and her leadership team chose a deliberative strategy to retool their schools’ teaching approach “to prepare their students for [ Read More…]
- September 12, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Rethinking Radar Plane Recap: Will The Air Force Let The Army Down Again? (From Forbes)
After spending $265 million developing a replacement for the vital Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System — JSTARS — Air Force leaders suddenly have decided to rethink the whole effort. They want to do yet another analysis of alternatives to determine if there is a better way of tracking moving ground targets. There isn’t. Five previous analyses led us to the current replacement effort, which is called JSTARS Recap. It appears the proposal to launch another analysis is just [ Read More…]