- May 25, 2018Paul Steidler
- To Revive U.S. Nuclear Power, Learn from Canada (From InsideSources)
While the U.S. commercial nuclear power sector has been contracting the outlook in Canada is much brighter. Canada sees nuclear energy as infrastructure, is committed to extensive research and development and is pursuing global opportunities. I discuss these issues, and what the United States can learn, in commentary for InsideSources here.
- May 24, 2018
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Boeing Makes Its Case For Building The Air Force’s Hotly Contested T-X Trainer (From Forbes)
The Air Force desperately needs a replacement for its 50-year-old T-38 training jets, which no longer are capable of adequately preparing pilots to fly frontline fighters. The service is running a competition called T-X to find that replacement, and one of the three industry teams competing for the prize is led by Boeing. Boeing’s biggest challenge in the competition is [ Read More…]
- May 24, 2018
- Constance Douris, M.A.
- How to Protect the Private Sector From Cyberattacks (From RealClearPolitics)
Recently, a malware called Trisis was discovered that was specifically designed to access controls and cause leaks or explosions and sabotage an electric company’s industrial control system. This was a warning shot to both the public and private sector, most especially to utility companies that deliver electricity to customers. Industry executives now know they must implement a multilayered strategy to protect against [ Read More…]
- May 23, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- United Technologies To Hire 35,000 In U.S., Stressing Commitment To American Workforce (From Forbes)
Industrial conglomerate United Technologies today disclosed that it will hire 35,000 workers in the U.S. over the next five years, and spend $15 billion on capital expenditures and research here during the same period. The announcements appear aimed at countering perceptions that the Connecticut-based company is moving manufacturing jobs out of the U.S. In fact, the company says, it is growing faster in America than overseas, and has created more jobs domestically over the last three years than in all [ Read More…]
- May 18, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Army Could Revolutionize Long-Range Fires (From RealClearDefense)
In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army Secretary Mark Esper revealed that Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) is his service’s top priority. Currently, the Army has a multi-phased program designed to first improve and then transform the capabilities of its artillery, rocket and missile systems. According to Dr. Thomas Russell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, “The Army’s top modernization priority is to regain dominance in artillery and missile system range, lethality, and target [ Read More…]
- May 18, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Critical U.S. Military Sites Can’t Cope With A Prolonged Power Outage (From Forbes)
In 2008, the Defense Science Board warned that vital U.S. military installations were too dependent on a fragile commercial power grid, and that backup plans in the event of a prolonged outage were inadequate. Today, ten years later, nothing much has changed — except perhaps that cyber threats to the grid have increased. The military still gets 99% of its electricity from commercial utilities “outside the fence” that have little incentive to invest in greater resilience, and its backup diesel [ Read More…]
- May 15, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Boeing’s Big Day: WTO Clears Way For Massive Penalties In Long-running Aircraft Subsidies Case (From Forbes)
On May 15, the World Trade Organization issued its final and definitive ruling on a case brought by the U.S. Trade Representative against European aircraft subsidies in 2006. The ruling is a huge win for Boeing, America’s biggest exporter, opening the way for Washington to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on European goods as a way of forcing compliance with trade rules. The WTO found in 2010 that every jetliner Airbus has ever brought to market was illegally subsidized, [ Read More…]
- May 14, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- A Competitive Strategy To Counter Russian Aggression Against NATO
The world has entered a new era of great power competition. The 2017 U.S. National Security Strategy declared After being dismissed as a phenomenon of an earlier century, great power competition returned. China and Russia began to reassert their influence regionally and globally. . . They are contesting our geopolitical advantages and trying to change the international order in their favor. Building off the concept of a renewed great power competition, the U.S. National Defense Strategy took a broad view [ Read More…]
- May 14, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- What Does It Take To Be A Top Operative For The Defense Industry In Washington? (From Forbes)
The defense industry depends on the federal government for all of its sales, so contractors are very careful about picking who will run their Washington offices. A look at the top operatives at Boeing, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin suggests that certain qualities are valued above all others: deep knowledge of how the government operates, a well-developed network of capital connections, an ability to reach across the political aisle regardless of party affiliation. Like the CEOs to whom they report, [ Read More…]
- May 10, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- U.S. Army Could Build An Integrated Air And Missile Defense Now (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. Army has an ambitious program, called the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), which seeks to network the Army’s entire suite of air and missile defense systems: Patriot, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, Integrated Fire Protection and eventually short-range air defense. Frankly, IBCS is overly ambitious and too expensive. It was conceived during the period of Army acquisition hubris that produced such debacles as the Future Combat System. IBCS has already missed its original goal of 2018 for an [ Read More…]
- May 8, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Rocket Motors On Nuclear Missiles Become A Test Case For Trump Industrial Policy (From Forbes)
The White House will soon release a comprehensive study of the defense industrial base that warns against letting domestic sources of vital military items shrink to a “single point of failure.” However, that is precisely where the industrial base for large solid rocket motors may be headed if the Air Force doesn’t adjust its approach to competing a replacement for the aged Minuteman III missile. Large SRMs, as they are called, are essential to the nation’s nuclear deterrent and various [ Read More…]
- May 7, 2018Paul Steidler
- The President’s Postal Service Task Force: Seven Things To Know And Watch
Through executive order, President Donald Trump has created a Postal Service task force to “develop recommendations for administrative and legislative reforms” and to report its findings by August 10. The task force is comprised of senior administration officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Postal Service reform is long overdue and should be an urgent bipartisan priority. Without prompt action, taxpayers could face a roughly $100 billion bailout. The financial security of [ Read More…]
- May 3, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Navy’s Next Generation Network Will Not Meet Warfighters’ Needs (From RealClearDefense)
The leadership of the U.S. Navy is virtually unanimous in identifying their networks as one of the linchpins for success in future high-end warfare. Admiral Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), recently expressed the view that “there are plenty of examples in history where just the power of networking [platforms] together creatively, adaptively, brings actually more power to that force.” The Navy’s new concept for Distributed Maritime Operations takes the idea of creatively, adaptively networking its platforms and systems to [ Read More…]