- October 19, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Raytheon May Have A Quick Fix For Seoul’s Vulnerability To North Korean Attack (From Forbes)
The proximity of South Korea’s capital to North Korea is a huge complication for U.S. military planners trying to figure out how to deal with the nuclear threat posed by the North. Because it is within 35 miles of the border, Seoul — and about half of the South’s entire population — is within range of artillery and rocket launchers that Pyongyang [ Read More…]
- October 17, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Maritime Security: Five Reasons The Jones Act Is A Bargain (From Forbes)
Recent hurricanes have reawakened critics of the 1920 Merchant Marine Act, better known as the Jones Act, which reserves waterborne commerce within the U.S. for domestic carriers. No doubt about it, the law is a deviation from classic economic principles. Many laws are. But look at the national security benefits! Without the Jones Act, the Navy would need to spend [ Read More…]
- October 17, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Contested Littorals Require A Larger, More Capable U.S. Amphibious Warfare Fleet (From RealClearDefense)
The rise of near-peer and regional state adversaries foreshadows the possibility that the Navy and Marine Corps will have to plan not just for a large-scale assault against a hostile shore but for an amphibious campaign to seize/liberate multiple strategic land objectives. Not only would the scale and intensity of this mission dwarf any amphibious operations the Sea Services have [ Read More…]
- October 16, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Automotive Industry Is Racing To Meet Electric Vehicle Demand In China (From Forbes)
Last month, China’s government issued new rules that require automotive companies to sell more alternative-energy cars in the country. Beijing also plans to eventually get rid of all internal combustion engines in new cars, maybe as soon as 2030. Thus, worldwide automakers are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles and meet demand in China. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
- October 11, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Minuteman III Replacement: Key to Nuclear Deterrence (From RealClearDefense)
In order to deter nuclear aggression against its homeland and vital interests, the U.S. must demonstrate that its strategic arsenal is capable of surviving an attack and then retaliating with devastating force against the aggressor. In other words, the losses an attacker would suffer must demonstrably exceed any potential gains. Thus, the paradox of nuclear strategy is that when weapons are postured effectively, they will never be used. We buy and maintain nuclear weapons in the hope they will remain in their submarines and silos forever. I [ Read More…]
- October 10, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Will the U.S. Army Tolerate a U.S. Air Force ‘Bait And Switch’ On J-Stars Replacement? (From The National Interest)
Since it was first deployed during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) airborne ground surveillance aircraft has made a major contribution to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ attainment of decisive over match in multiple conflicts. Given this, recapitalizing the aging and difficult to maintain J-Stars platform and enhancing its sensors would seem to make a lot of sense. In fact, the Air Force was on the verge of awarding a contract for a [ Read More…]
- October 10, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Will Business As Usual in Acquisition Defeat the U.S. Army? (From RealClearDefense)
The Army leadership hasn’t effectively communicated the message to the acquisition system that war may soon be coming and that the priority is to field systems that ameliorate critical capabilities gaps as soon as possible. Instead, for the acquisition system it’s business as usual. The focus is on long-term research projects and programs of record that won’t put anything into the field for another decade or two. When pressured, the system might reluctantly agree to acquire small numbers of off-the-shelf [ Read More…]
- October 9, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- No To Trudeau: Why Trump (And Boeing) Can’t Compromise On Bombardier’s Predatory Pricing Of Planes (From Forbes)
When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau visits Washington this week, Trump administration moves to slap heavy duties on imports of Bombardier C Series jetliners will be very much on his mind. He will doubtless complain to the president that the proposed duties threaten Canadian jobs; that Boeing gets government aid too; and that the Bombardier planes don’t compete with Boeing products. The last two complaints are patently false: Boeing gets virtually no aid from the government, and the Bombardier C Series is aimed directly at the Boeing 737’s [ Read More…]
- October 5, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- How Electric Cars Could Help the Power Grid Become More Efficient, Less Expensive (From Forbes)
A recent analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggested that electric vehicles could account for half of all new cars sold by 2040. While electric vehicles consume electricity, they can also export power to the grid as mobile energy storage units. An increase in electric vehicle adoption may mean more flexibility for the grid to respond to supply and demand. I have written a commentary on this topic for Forbes here.
- October 5, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- 7 Ways To Enhance The US Military’s Humvee Fleet (From Defense News)
The most common vehicle operated by the U.S. military is the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee. There are some 110,000 in the U.S. Army alone. More than 60 foreign militaries operate around 250,000 Humvees. There is a plan to replace a portion of the U.S. Humvee fleet with the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps want to buy some 54,000 JLTVs over the next 25 years. But even then, the Army and Marine [ Read More…]
- October 4, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Future Vertical Lift: The Army Could Field Its Next-Gen Rotorcraft Much Faster (From Forbes)
The Army has a plan to develop next-generation combat rotorcraft called Future Vertical Lift (FVL). Managed in partnership with the Navy, the first new airframes it will develop are intended to replace the tank-killing Apache attack helicopter and the workhorse Black Hawk utility helicopter. But that won’t happen until after 2030, and meanwhile threats to the legacy fleet will keep growing. There’s no need to wait so long. A precursor to FVL called the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator is already going through [ Read More…]
- October 4, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- NATO Needs A Long-Term Strategy To Counter Russia (From RealClearDefense)
Russia has been at war with the West for more than a decade. Putin and other Russian leaders have made it clear that they believe the West started this war, employing primarily non-military means to destabilize the Russian government and political system. A U.S.-NATO strategy to counter Russian efforts to undermine the Alliance and the sovereignty of its members should be based on three sets of activities. I have written a commentary for RealClearDefense here.
- October 4, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Alarmed Allies Prepare to Defend Against North Korea’s Missiles (From RealClearDefense)
North Korea’s repeated nuclear and missile tests have caused panic in the region. Japan is frightened because the ballistic missiles are flying over its territory. In addition, North Korea has threatened retaliation in response to military drills, stating that the “next” target is Guam, a U.S. territory. How North Korea’s neighbors are responding to this aggression is essential because population centers must be protected if Pyongyang launches a missile attack. I have written a commentary for RealClearDefense here.