- July 16, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Putting Interceptors On Trucks Is The Fastest Way Trump Can Bolster Missile Defense Of America (From Forbes)
The Trump administration wants to bolster defenses of the U.S. homeland against ballistic missile attack. The only program the Pentagon has capable of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile warheads headed for America is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD. GMD has been successful in five of its last six tests, but it has two problems: it lacks enough interceptors to [ Read More…]
- July 16, 2018
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Congress Must Not Retreat On Acquisition Reform Over JEDI Cloud Contract
For the past five or six years, Congress has led the fight to reform the Pentagon’s slow, risk averse and costly acquisition system. Led by visionaries such as Senator John McCain and Representative Mac Thornberry, both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees (SASC and HASC) have restructured the acquisition bureaucracy, lightened the regulatory and contracting burdens on programs, expanded [ Read More…]
- July 13, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Raytheon’s Pathfinder Program For Next-Gen GPS Has Become A Breakthrough Success (From Forbes)
The Global Positioning System is one of the signature technological successes of this generation. Google Maps, Uber and your smart phone couldn’t work without it. But GPS satellites don’t operate on autopilot. They must be monitored and managed continuously by Air Force personnel on the ground. In 2010, the Air Force awarded Raytheon the contract to develop the ground control [ Read More…]
- July 13, 2018Rathna K. Muralidharan
- The Nuclear Reactor Renaissance: Space Exploration and National Security (From RealClearEnergy)
The nuclear power sector is seeing a resurgence in innovation, supported by new policies and emerging technologies. BWXT is at the forefront of this nuclear renaissance and is paving a path forward in two of the U.S. government’s top priorities: space exploration and national security. BWXT is currently building a compact nuclear reactor for space shuttles to put an astronaut on Mars and possibly even explore Jupiter’s moons by 2024. Revolutions in nuclear reactors come at the optimal time as the [ Read More…]
- July 12, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Military Can’t Wait For The Politics Of Cloud Contracting To Be Resolved (From RealClearDefense)
Cloud computing offers ways of making defense network operations faster, more agile, more responsive to emerging challenges and more effective. Until recently, the Department of Defense was moving forward with plans to migrate much of the military’s IT infrastructure to the cloud. Unfortunately, Washington politics has created roadblocks to the Pentagon’s efforts to leverage the richness of cloud computing for the military. Critics within the IT industry and on Capitol Hill generated a miasma of misinformation targeting one pending cloud [ Read More…]
- July 10, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- A Quick Fix For U.S. Navy Surveillance Gaps In Asia (From Forbes)
The U.S. Navy has difficulty identifying remote threats in the Indo-Pacific region, whether they be distant warships or military units operating under jungle canopies. It appears the Air Force has a solution: a multi-spectral infrared sensor designated MS-177A that flies on both the U-2 spy plane and the Global Hawk drone. Adapting the Air Force sensor for use on Navy patrol planes and drones could eliminate capability gaps identified by both the Fifth Fleet and the Seventh Fleet. But first [ Read More…]
- July 10, 2018Lexington Institute
- Lexington Summer Intern: Marley Smith-Peters
Hello, My name is Marley Smith-Peters and I am entering into my senior year of college at California State University, Chico. I have a major in Political Science with a focus in Legal Studies, as well as a minor in International Relations. In my spare time, I love to keep myself busy. I am an avid reader and I enjoy keeping up with the news, especially global affairs and events on an international scale. I am an animal lover and [ Read More…]
- July 10, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- Electric Vehicles: Automakers Are Ahead of the Customer (From RealClearEnergy)
In coming years, automakers will unveil dozens of new electric vehicle (EV) models. Ford alone recently announced that it is investing $11 billion in EV development. A glance at automakers’ EV investments worldwide is revealing: $19 billion in the United States, $21 billion in China, and $52 billion in Germany. Clearly, these seasoned companies do not doubt the future EV market as many cities and countries around the world begin phasing-out the conventional internal combustion engine. I have written a commentary [ Read More…]
- July 9, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why China Wants A Super Rocket Like NASA’s Space Launch System (From Forbes)
NASA is developing a new Space Launch System that one day may carry humans to Mars. It eventually will be the biggest rocket ever built, able to lift 130 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit. China says it wants to build an even bigger rocket, dubbed Long March 9. But China has announced no plans to send astronauts to Mars, which raises the question why it would need such a big launch vehicle. The answer may reside in the fact [ Read More…]
- July 6, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Germany’s Choice For A Tornado Replacement Could Undermine NATO (From Defense News)
It is clear to any reasonable observer that the state of the NATO alliance is not good. Even as a candidate, Donald Trump made it clear that he desired to see the other alliance members contribute more to the common defense. As President, Mr. Trump shifted from a request to a demand that NATO countries meet their self-imposed target of spending 2 percent of their individual gross domestic product on defense. He recently returned to this theme, possibly previewing his [ Read More…]
- July 6, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Navy’s New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers Could Be a Game Changer — And We Need More of Them (From The National Interest)
With their ability to move globally, project power against the land from a sovereign base at sea, act as the centerpiece for the organization of naval forces to exert sea control and to deploy a wide array of aerial platforms, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) may be this nation’s number one asymmetric military advantage. The Navy wants a force of 12 aircraft carriers as part of its plan for a 355 ship fleet. Achieving this goal over the next several [ Read More…]
- July 2, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Big Threat To GE Aviation Isn’t Corporate Breakup — It’s A Resurgent Pratt & Whitney (From Forbes)
When General Electric disclosed what amounts to a corporate breakup on June 26, one of the few businesses it said it wanted to retain was GE Aviation, its aircraft engine unit. The business certainly seems to be performing well. Going forward though, GE Aviation will be under increasing pressure from a resurgent Pratt & Whitney. Pratt’s geared turbofan for narrowbody jetliners is intrinsically more fuel-efficient (not to mention quieter) than GE’s new LEAP engine. And Pratt has managed to become [ Read More…]
- July 2, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Army Is Rebuilding Its Armored Brigade Combat Teams
The U.S. Army is rapidly losing its competitive advantages in high-end combat. The ability to achieve tactical overmatch, the combination of superior systems, intelligence, combined arms tactics and command and control is under assault from adversaries who have spent decades developing capabilities and techniques specifically designed to counter areas of Army advantage. Recent conflicts have shown how far Russian conventional forces now exceed the capabilities of the U.S. Army in electronic warfare, long-range fires, tactical air defense and anti-tank systems. [ Read More…]