- May 5, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- It’s Back To The Future With Mobile Protected Firepower (From The National Interest)
The Army is again attempting to build what might be best described as a light tank, the Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle. The Army’s basic problem is that it has too many infantry brigades that lack sufficient mobile combat systems and indirect fire support. A commander cannot keep detaching heavy armored vehicles to support infantry. So the Army decided to provide their [ Read More…]
- May 4, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Education Department’s Untimely Shift To Fragmented IT System Is Putting Student Loans At Risk (From Forbes)
The U.S. Department of Education is implementing a radical transformation of its information systems at the height of the student loan season, and the effort could falter badly. Specifically, the department is shifting from a system in which a single contractor provides pretty much everything — desktop, laptop, cell phones, network — to a system of six different contracts and supplier teams, whose [ Read More…]
- May 3, 2017
- Sean Kennedy
- Washington Must Act Now to Stop North Korean Missiles (From RealClearDefense)
North Korea’s nuclear capabilities are increasing while Washington fails to fully fund Ground-based Missile Defense (GMD) that could protect the US homeland from a devastating nuclear attack. It is imperative that Congress and the White House act to get GMD ready for the likely event that a hostile state tries to strike the United States. I have written a commentary [ Read More…]
- May 3, 2017Brandon Gutierrez
- New Russian Missiles Send Political Signal
In March 2017 General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that Russia has deployed a battalion of land-based cruise missiles in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, at a United States House Armed Services Committee hearing. This is a blatant display of Vladimir Putin’s disdain for the Western-led rules-based international order, and an attempt to intimidate and fracture the North Atlantic Treaty organization (NATO). The INF Treaty was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet [ Read More…]
- May 2, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why The U.S. Marines Amphibious Combat Vehicle Program Works (From The National Interest)
The Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program is an example of smart procurement focused on meeting critical near-term modernization requirements. Based on its experience in the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which pushed the boundaries of technology, the Marine Corps has chosen a lower-risk path based on deliberate incremental modernization. As a consequence, Marine riflemen will soon get better and more affordable vehicles while preserving the option for an advanced ACV 2.0. I have written about the Marine Corp program [ Read More…]
- May 2, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Army Aviation Dodges A Bullet In Latest Budget Cliffhanger (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army operates the largest fleet of military helicopters in the world, but during the Obama years it did not get enough money to modernize a force in which all of the frontline rotorcraft first saw action during the Cold War. The last Obama defense request would have provided only eight hours’ worth of federal spending in the current fiscal year for new Army aircraft procurement, meaning mainly helicopters. Fortunately, Congress has stepped in to provide additional funding with the compromise [ Read More…]
- May 1, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Commercial Logistics Critical to U.S. Global Power Projection (From RealClearDefense)
When government officials and defense experts speak of the United States’ ability to project military power globally they usually make reference to this nation’s dominance in warfighting capabilities, such as aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, strategic bombers or advanced fighters. Without question, all of these capabilities are important constituent elements of a superpower military. However, it takes logistics for these U.S. fleets, systems and capabilities to go anywhere, fight anyone and stay there, for years and decades. The real secret [ Read More…]
- April 28, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- GMD: The Only Program That Can Stop A North Korean Nuclear Warhead From Reaching America (From Forbes)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made no secret of his efforts to obtain a nuclear strike capability against America. That is a huge security challenge because Kim may not be deterrable in the way we believe Russian and Chinese leaders are. Short of launching a military campaign, Washington’s only option is to deploy missile defenses off the U.S. homeland that can intercept North Korea’s warheads. The Pentagon has a program capable of doing that called Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), but [ Read More…]
- April 28, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Trump Administration Needs A Bigger And Badder Coast Guard (From Defense News)
Throughout the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump talked about securing this country’s borders as well as restoring America’s military strength. Against this backdrop, the recommendation in the new Administration’s initial budget proposal to cut spending for the U.S. Coast Guard by more than $1 billion makes no sense. In fact, the Coast Guard needs more money in order to buy additional ships. The White House and Department of Homeland Security should consider buying more of its new Legend class high-endurance National [ Read More…]
- April 28, 2017Don Soifer
- The Importance of Quality School Options for Military Children
Lexington’s Don Soifer interviewed on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington DC. Along with Education Week correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, he discusses the specific educational challenges facing the nation’s 1.2 million military-connected students, and growing evidence of the connection between addressing these challenges and supporting the nation’s military readiness. Topics include helping families navigate frequent moves related to deployments, public policy solutions like enrollment preferences for military-connected students and the work of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity [ Read More…]
- April 27, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- U.S. Air Force’s Helicopter Plan Ignores Mattis’ Reform Guidance (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. Air Force urgently needs to replace its decrepit fleet of UH-1N helicopters, which provides security for Minuteman III missiles and emergency transport for senior government officials. However, the way the Air Force is going about picking the replacement helicopter seems to completely ignore guidance from the Secretary of Defense about being more efficient. First, the acquisition strategy turns a simple off-the-shelf procurement into a complicated development program, with all the added costs and delays that it implies. Second, [ Read More…]
- April 27, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Military’s Master Plan To Fight Russia And China In A War Is Already Here (From The National Interest)
When faced with adversaries who seemed able to match or counter U.S. military-technological superiority, the Department of Defense began an intensive effort to invest in a new generation of capabilities designed to restore U.S. military preeminence or overmatch. This effort was labeled the Third Offset Strategy in recognition of two prior technology investment strategies that had, or so it was asserted, successfully countered advances in Soviet military capabilities. I have written more on this subject for The National Interest here.
- April 26, 2017Dr. Theodore Karasik and Adam Dempsey
- UAE Struggling to Build World Class Defense Industry?
It was undoubtedly a busy and productive International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2017 for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At the five-day biennial global arms trade exhibition held in Abu Dhabi in February, the hosts signed 82 contracts worth an estimated $5 billion. A large number were awarded to domestic manufacturers in the UAE, where the indigenous defense industry is growing. Although “buying local” is hardly unique to the UAE, prioritizing domestic manufacturers nevertheless provides some interesting insights into [ Read More…]