- April 3, 2018Lexington Institute
- CAPITOL HILL EVENT – Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid – 6.8.18
This forum will be a series of ten-minute back-to-back presentations delivered by subject matter experts. Please contact Ms. Rathna Muralidharan if you are able to attend on June 8th via email at email@example.com or by phone at 703-522-5828.
- April 2, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- 5 Reasons Congress Surprised The Satellite Industry By Adding Military Satcoms In The 2018 Budget (From Forbes)
Congressional appropriators surprised the satellite industry by adding two more Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellites to their omnibus spending measure last month. Commercial satellite operators aren’t happy, because the move will make it more difficult for them to increase their share of the military’s communications spend. However, there are compelling reasons for buying two more WGS birds. First, military demand [ Read More…]
- March 29, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Slow Ride: U.S. Army Won’t Begin Replacing Cold War Helicopters Until After 2030 (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army is talking a lot these days about speeding up the way it buys weapons, but you’d never know that to look at its plan for modernizing combat helicopters. All three of the core rotorcraft operated by Army Aviation joined the force during the Cold War, and despite periodic updates they are far from being the state of [ Read More…]
- March 28, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Army Needs Modernized Humvees (From The National Interest)
Today, the Army has over 100,000 Humvees spread across the Active and Reserve Components. The Army’s long-term tactical wheeled vehicle strategy envisions replacing about half of the Humvee fleet with Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) at a cost of approximately $39 billion over the next two decades. But the proposed JLTV acquisition will not be completed until around 2040. Even then, more than half the Army’s light tactical vehicle fleet will consist of Humvee variants. In order to maintain the utility of the [ Read More…]
- March 27, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump Defense Budget Gives Boeing’s Super Hornet Fighter A Big Boost (From Forbes)
The U.S. Navy is leveraging increased military spending from the Trump administration to launch a multifaceted modernization effort for its F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighters. Eventually all of the Super Hornets on carrier decks, both newly-built and previously-fielded, will be upgraded to a “Block III” configuration with greater range, payload, precision and resilience. The previously-fielded planes will also see their service lives extended by 50%, from 6,000 to 9,000 flight hours. The combination of F/A-18 upgrades and introduction of stealthy [ Read More…]
- March 23, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- What The U.S. Navy’s Supercarriers Give America That No Other Nation Has (From Forbes)
The U.S. Navy operates 11 large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that are the biggest warships ever built. They are often called “supercarriers” because of their lethality, survivability and versatility. Although they are the signature warfighting machines of the joint force, however, it is easy to lose sight of the special advantages supercarriers confer on America’s military. Among those advantages: a secure military base anywhere it’s needed; a multi-mission air force close to the action; a credible deterrent enemies can’t ignore; a [ Read More…]
- March 22, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army Needs To Go Big With Futures Command (From RealClearDefense)
This is how the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) website is introducing its Global Force Symposium and Exposition to be held March 26 to 28 in Huntsville, Alabama. According to AUSA, “the Army will use the Global Force Symposium and Exposition as a platform to formally introduce the new United States Army Futures Command and the why and how of changes to Army modernization.” To this end, the Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, will provide the keynote [ Read More…]
- March 19, 2018Constance Douris, M.A.
- Cyber Threats to the Aviation Industry (From RealClearDefense)
There are 5,000 planes in U.S. skies at any given time, and most aircraft operations rely on software. As the air travel industry has become dependent on information and communication systems, more cyber threat access points have been created that could lead to malfunctions or compromise customer data. Aviation stakeholders need to boost cybersecurity efforts to ensure customers have a safe travel experience. I have written a commentary on this topic for RealClearDefense here.
- March 19, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- High Tech Surveillance: Critical For Effective Border Control (From RealClearDefense)
While most attention has been focused on the practical and symbolic value of a physical wall, it has long been recognized by the president and senior members of his administration that a barrier system alone would not suffice to secure the border. Following the president’s visit to San Diego, senior DHS officials went to some lengths in an official press release to emphasize the importance of a multi-faceted approach to secure the border, one in which the wall would be [ Read More…]
- March 15, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Will Navy’s Next Generation Network Miss the Mark for Sailors and Marines? (From RealClearDefense)
Later this year, the U.S. Navy intends to award a new contract to support and upgrade the world’s largest IT network. The current contract, called the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), involves some 400,000 computers and 800,000 users at 2,500 locations, primarily in the continental United States but also including Marine Corps sites overseas. The new contract, the Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R), will support a set of networks that truly spans the globe and which will be at [ Read More…]
- March 14, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump’s Embrace Of Space Force Could Transform How America Wages War (From Forbes)
President Trump confounded his defense advisors this week by embracing the idea of a Space Force to manage military activities in space. Not a space command or a space corps, but a Space Force. The president may be on to something. Space isn’t just increasingly important to our security and increasingly contested by our rivals, it is a good place from which to influence events on Earth. Good, that is, if the military leaders charged with overseeing defense activities there [ Read More…]
- March 12, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Mike Griffin, Pentagon’s New Tech Chief, Likely To Take A Hard Look At Military’s Space Launch Plans (From Forbes)
The Pentagon’s new Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin, may be the most intellectually gifted public servant in the entire Trump administration. What he is best known for, though, is his extensive background in space technology — most notably as NASA Administrator in the Bush administration. Given his resume, it’s a safe bet that Griffin will be taking a close look at the Air Force’s plan to secure space launch services in the future. He may not like [ Read More…]
- March 8, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Nuclear Burden-Sharing Dictates That Germany Acquire The F-35 (From Defense News)
The sharing of responsibility for the storage and delivery of tactical nuclear weapons among member countries is a key aspect of NATO’s strategic deterrent. NATO’s arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons consists entirely of air-delivered B61 gravity bombs. Currently, in addition to U.S. forward-based fighters, five NATO countries — Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey — host tactical nuclear weapons, and all of these but Turkey have dual-capable aircraft dedicated to their delivery. The German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, must [ Read More…]