- November 1, 2017Rathna K. Muralidharan
- Sanctions On Iran Will Isolate The United States (From RealClearDefense)
The president’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and the House’s bipartisan bill passed last Thursday to impose sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program could isolate the U.S. by jeopardizing American companies’ access to new markets, and by causing a rift between the U.S. and European allies over economic interests. [ Read More…]
- October 31, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Niger Tragedy Demonstrates The Need For More And Better Airborne Ground Surveillance (From The National Interest)
In light of the events in Niger, the question members of Congress, journalists and other interested parties should be asking is, why isn’t there more support for U.S. forces on the ground in Africa, especially in those countries facing active terrorist groups? More specifically, why didn’t the Green Berets have access to better airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)? Broadly [ Read More…]
- October 30, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Danger Of Buying The Air Force’s Next Ballistic Missile From The Lowest Bidder (From Forbes)
The U.S. Air Force is responsible for two of the three legs in the nuclear triad. In 2015 it awarded an engineering contract to develop the nation’s next long-range strategic bomber, and in August of this year it awarded two risk-reduction contracts that commence development of a successor to the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. If strategic modernization is to [ Read More…]
- October 30, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- A Near-Term Test Of The Army’s Acquisition Reform (From RealClearDefense)
At the 2017 annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army earlier this month, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, nearly blew the roof off the Washington Convention Center. Together with the Acting Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, General Milley announced the start of the most far-reaching restructuring of his service’s acquisition system in almost half a century. By next summer, the Chief of Staff intends to stand up a new acquisition organization that will be [ Read More…]
- October 24, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Boeing Thinks Airbus Is Making A Big Mistake With Bombardier Partnership (From Forbes)
Early coverage of the proposed partnership between Airbus and Bombardier to build the latter company’s CSeries jetliners has made the deal sound like a setback for Boeing. That isn’t the way Boeing sees it. It could have gotten the same deal Airbus got, and chose to not pursue a relationship. Regardless of what role Airbus plays on the CSeries, Boeing expects that hefty duties will be imposed on imports of the planes into the U.S. for years to come. Bombardier will not be able to [ Read More…]
- October 24, 2017Paul Steidler
- Terminal Dues: Time to End Its Drain on the U.S. Economy
International postal rates are subsidizing Chinese businesses at the expense of U.S. retailers and manufacturers. I examine these matters, and ways to address them, in the issue brief, “Terminal Dues: Time to End Its Drain on the U.S. Economy.
- October 24, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- The Bottom Line on Electric Cars: They’re Cheaper To Own (From Forbes)
The price of electric vehicles is coming down, but they still look expensive compared with many gasoline-powered cars. That comparison, though, is misleading. Once you figure in the cost of ownership, especially maintenance and fuel, electric vehicles are a bargain despite the up-front price tag. I have written a commentary on this topic for Forbes here.
- October 23, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Air Force Plan To Abort Replacement Of J-Stars Radar Planes Is Full Of Flaws (From Forbes)
The Air Force’s tentative plan for abandoning replacement of J-Stars radar planes is beginning to come into focus. As I foreshadowed in a Forbes article last month, it hinges on drones — particularly the 11 “Block 40” Global Hawk drones equipped with ground-tracking radars. The Air Force wants to keep flying its decrepit J-Stars planes while gradually transitioning the mission to the drones. But there are a few problems with the plan. First, the existing fleet is so far gone [ Read More…]
- October 23, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- A Must Read for Trump’s National Security Team (From RealClearDefense)
A newly published report from the American Enterprise Institute, authored by Mackenzie Eaglen, Repair and Rebuild: Balancing New Military Spending for a Three Theater Strategy, should be required reading for the entire national security establishment. The report’s author must be complimented for addressing the disconnect between the magnitude and variety of core U.S. national interests and vital security commitments on one side of the ledger, and the inability of the current U.S. military to defend them all, on the other [ Read More…]
- 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 has arrayed along the Demilitarized Zone. But Raytheon has a solution to that danger, thanks to the Iron Dome air [ Read More…]
- October 17, 2017Loren 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 billions of dollars on new sealift vessels; it would be hard-pressed to crew the sealift ships it already owns; domestic [ Read More…]
- October 17, 2017Daniel 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 conducted in more than two decades, but it is likely that the contested littorals would be better defended than any [ 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.