- February 23, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Key To Success In Afghanistan Is Logistics (From RealClearDefense)
A competent and sustainable Afghan security force is essential to the U.S. strategy of eventually transitioning security responsibilities to the Afghan government. For nearly two decades, the U.S. and its coalition partners have been struggling to help the government in Kabul to organize, train, equip and sustain the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), consisting of the Afghan National [ Read More…]
- February 22, 2018
- Rathna K. Muralidharan
- P-8 Poseidon: Countering Chinese Aggression in the Indo-Pacific (From RealClearDefense)
China was on everyone’s mind at the 2018 Singapore Airshow earlier this month, as Beijing’s military continues to encroach on its neighbors’ naval territories and claim international waters for itself. To effectively combat China’s expansion into disputed waters, regional actors must be equipped with technology that provides them with maritime domain awareness. The P-8A Poseidon is the ideal system to [ Read More…]
- February 21, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Ozmen’s Selection For Space Council Advisory Group Signals Sierra Nevada’s Arrival As Major Player (From Forbes)
The National Space Council disclosed on Tuesday of this week that Sierra Nevada Corporation CEO Fatih Ozmen has been selected as a candidate to join the council’s user advisory group. This is a clear signal that privately-held SNC has ascended to the first tier of players in the domestic space sector. Sierra Nevada is jointly owned by CEO Ozmen and his wife [ Read More…]
- February 21, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Air Force Is Missing Its Best Opportunity To Replace Aging Aircraft (From RealClearDefense)
For the first time in decades, the Air Force is getting enough money in the fiscal 2019 budget to cover its near-term readiness needs and invest adequately in the future. The service has disclosed bold plans to develop new warfighting systems and networks to assure air dominance in 2030. However, something is missing from its plans: there is no increase in the production rate of fifth-generation fighters and the KC-46 tanker. This is a serious oversight, because the current surge [ Read More…]
- February 20, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- Department of Energy Risking Nuclear Deterrence and National Security (From RealClearDefense)
According to the recent 2018 Nuclear Posture review, a smoothly functioning nuclear weapons industrial base is essential to a credible strategic deterrent. The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas are key sites that contribute to the sustainment and reliability of the nuclear deterrent but are under pressure to decrease costs. A recent report published by the Department of Energy’s Inspector General found serious management problems occurring at Y-12 and Pantex. This is concerning because [ Read More…]
- February 19, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- 5 Ways Electric Vehicles Can Help the Grid (From InsideSources)
A recent analysis from Bloomberg suggested electric vehicles could account for half of all new cars sold by 2040. An increase in electric vehicle adoption could mean more opportunities for these cars to help the power system. Electric vehicles can serve as a grid resource in several ways. I have written a commentary on this subject for InsideSources here.
- February 16, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Air Force Data Grab Raises Doubts About Its Acquisition Culture (From Forbes)
Lockheed Martin took the unusual step this week of protesting an Air Force competition long before the winner is due to be selected. The company complained that it was being pressed to provide technical data about its entry in the UH-1N helicopter replacement program in a manner inconsistent with current law or regulation. Making such demands as a condition for bidding or winning a federal contract is in fact a violation of Title 10 of the U.S. Code. Beyond that, [ Read More…]
- February 16, 2018Paul Steidler
- Save Lives, Restore Congressional Respect by Strengthening Opioids’ Seizure (From The Hill)
Opioids are easily coming into the country, via the mail, from China. The time has come for Congress to adopt a common-sense, bipartisan, and widely supported solution – advanced electronic data to better track all international mail. I discuss these matters for The Hill in the Op-Ed here.
- February 14, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Tanks To Ohio: How Trump’s Industrial Policy Shop Leverages Pentagon Spending To Create Jobs (From Forbes)
One of the oddest features of policymaking in the federal government is that little effort is made to connect defense goals with economic goals. Decisionmakers have often behaved as if there was no connection between the two areas. Now the Trump administration is trying to change that. Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade and industrial advisor, has worked with Vice President Pence’s office to craft a plan for building more Army tanks in the struggling industrial city of Lima, Ohio. Lima [ Read More…]
- February 13, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Defense Firms Are Ready To Invest But Pentagon Must Make Good On Acquisition Reforms (From The National Interest)
For years, senior Pentagon officials have been hectoring defense companies to put more “skin in the game” by increasing their spending on research and development and investing more of their own money on infrastructure and production technologies. The Pentagon wanted these companies to spend more of their own money to develop next-generation products. But without a reasonable prospect of a production program that generates a revenue stream and profits, what incentive is there for a company to risk its own [ Read More…]
- February 12, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Reasons The Army Must Keep Modernizing Today’s Weapons While It Tries To Leap Ahead (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army is finally getting enough money to fund an adequate modernization program. Army leaders have big plans for how they will build a more lethal, survivable and mobile force. However, it would be a big mistake to try leaping into the future without continuing to upgrade the service’s existing combat systems. First, wars could occur long before next-generation weapons are fielded. Second, bold ideas for how to equip the future forces could falter and never come to fruition. [ Read More…]
- February 12, 2018Paul Steidler
- Don’t Bail Out the Postal Service for Missing the Bull Market (From Investor’s Business Daily)
The U.S. Postal Service has serious financial problems, much of which stems from its $73 billion in under-funded retirement plans. While the Postal Service has been aggressively seeking federal legislation to effectively offload at least some of these liabilities on taxpayers, its retirement plans would be quite strong if it invested as state pension plans do. I discuss these matters for Investor’s Business Daily in the Op-Ed here.
- February 8, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Drones Will Surpass IED Threat In Future Conflicts (From RealClearDefense)
The weapon system that personified the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and shaped the behavior of the U.S. military for almost fifteen years was the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). IEDs were responsible for approximately two-thirds of U.S. and Coalition casualties suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Civilian casualties from IEDs number in the tens of thousands. The important lesson to draw from the experience dealing with IEDs in Southwest Asia is the way a single instrument of war, no matter how [ Read More…]