- December 15, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Memo To Senate Banking Committee: Ex-Im Bank Needs A Leader Who Believes In The Mission (From Forbes)
Next Tuesday the Senate Banking Committee will vote on five nominees to the Export-Import Bank’s board. Four of the nominees deserve to be supported. The fifth, former New Jersey congressman Scott Garrett, should be rejected. For some inexplicable reason, the Trump White House proposed that Garrett be Ex-Im’s next chairman — even though his view of the agency is completely [ Read More…]
- December 12, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Program Needs A Cross Functional Team (From The National Interest)
The leadership of the U.S. Army is on a mission to radically alter the way it does acquisition and sustainment. To that end, it has created eight pilot cross functional teams (CFTs) to improve the speed and effectiveness of the requirements generation process and serve as the first step towards the creation of a modernization command. But modernization is not [ Read More…]
- December 12, 2017
- Rathna K. Muralidharan
- Trump Drone War Against Al Qaeda Paying Dividends (From RealClearDefense)
In 2016, the Obama administration described AQAP as “the most active and dangerous affiliate of al-Qaeda today.” Since taking office, Trump had made his counter terrorism strategy one of his top priorities. As his first year in office comes to an end, it’s worth looking back at Trump’s strike activity as a marker for what’s to come under, as well as after, [ Read More…]
- December 11, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- How Electric Cars Can Make Your Electricity Cheaper And More Reliable (From Forbes)
Electric cars, specifically their batteries, can help balance supply and demand on the grid. In fact, Pacific Gas & Electric and BMW recently released results from a pilot program that demonstrates how electric vehicles can be used as a flexible grid resource while saving money. I have written a commentary on this subject for Forbes here.
- December 9, 2017Paul Steidler
- Postal Service Should Deliver Turnaround Plan (From InsideSources)
For 11 years, the U.S. Postal Service has had large and sustained losses. There is no end to the red ink in sight. In fact, the Postal Service has been calling for a taxpayer bailout, which could run to $50 billion or more. Recently, it cleared a key hurdle to raise many postage prices 2-3% above the rate of inflation for the next five years. What the Postal Service needs first and foremost though is a turnaround plan to get [ Read More…]
- December 7, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- How Quantitative Analysis Of Big Data Could Address The Hard Intelligence Problem
Understanding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its capabilities, plans and intentions, has always been a particularly difficult challenge for outside observers, including Western intelligence agencies. Access to the country is limited. Information is tightly controlled. The regime has become extremely adept at countering or denying technical means of intelligence collection. According to Daniel Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, “It is one of the hardest, if not the hardest, collection nation that we have to collect against.” This [ Read More…]
- December 7, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Next Revolution In Military Affairs: Multi-Domain Command And Control (From RealClearDefense)
A Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is a theory about the evolution of warfare over time. An RMA is based on the marriage of new technologies with organizational reforms and innovative concepts of operations. A still new RMA could be imminent. It is a function, first and foremost, of the proliferation of sensors and so-called smart devices, the creation of increasingly large, complex and sophisticated information networks, and growing potential in automated systems and artificial intelligence. The U.S. Air Force [ Read More…]
- December 5, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Iconic B-52 Bomber Epitomizes Air Power — And The Way Weapons Ought To Be Bought (From Forbes)
The U.S. Air Force is planning to install new engines on the B-52 bomber, arguably the most iconic airframe in the history of aviation. It might seem a little late in the game to be putting new propulsion systems on a plane that has already seen over 60 years of service, but in fact the B-52 is likely to keep flying through 2040. The new engines are emblematic of the B-52’s long history of upgrades and refinements that have taken [ Read More…]
- December 4, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- How To Charge Your Electric Vehicle (And Other Devices) When The Grid Is Down (From Forbes)
The aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has shown the devastating potential consequences of not having electricity for an extended period of time. As electric cars become more popular, how would a driver charge his or her vehicle when such a power outage occurs? States and localities need to plan for backup charging infrastructure so that electric vehicles are able to operate when power is unavailable. I have written a commentary on this subject for Forbes here.
- December 4, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Three Things South Korea Needs In Order To Better Defend Itself (From The National Interest)
Even if current international efforts to eliminate North Korea’s growing arsenal of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles succeed, the Republic of South Korea (ROK) will face a massive conventional threat from across the demilitarized zone. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the conventional threat will become even more problematic. The ROK government recognizes the need to shore up its conventional defenses regardless of the outcome of efforts to denuclearize the DPRK. This was a central topic of discussion between Presidents [ Read More…]
- December 1, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Reagan National Defense Forum – Peace Through Strength (From RealClearDefense)
The annual Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) will be held this weekend at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. This is the first meeting in the Trump era. Hence, it will serve as something of a barometer of how the Trump agenda is impacting national defense policies, plans and investments. The theme of the 2017 Forum, Reinvesting in Peace Through Strength, is particularly significant both because of its connection to President Reagan and because President Trump has made [ Read More…]
- December 1, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- What’s New At The Reagan Defense Forum This Year? The Threat Of North Korean Nuclear Attack (From Forbes)
The rapidly emerging nuclear threat that North Korea poses to the U.S. will likely be a topic of discussion at this weekend’s Reagan National Defense Forum. A good place to start in figuring out how to respond would be to ask what the 40th president would have done. It appears that President Trump’s approach to the North Korean threat is strikingly similar to the approach Ronald Reagan took with the Russians. First, don’t be diplomatic, be direct in threatening consequences. [ Read More…]
- November 29, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Ten Things The Air Force Won’t Tell You About Its Plan To Kill Recap Of The J-Stars Radar Plane (From Forbes)
The Air Force has decided to cancel recapitalization of its aging J-Stars radar planes, arguing that the aircraft won’t be survivable in future air campaigns against adversaries like Russia. The service plans to develop an alternative architecture based on linking together other sensors and battle management assets. There are numerous problems with this plan. Five separate studies said development of a new radar plane was needed. If radar planes aren’t survivable in future wars, neither are tankers or transports. The [ Read More…]