- November 6, 2017Paul Steidler
- Get Opioids Out of the U.S. Mail (From InsideSources)
Law enforcement agencies are frustrated that dealers and users are making Internet purchases of opioids from China, which are delivered by U.S. Postal Service. President Trump is likely to raise this and related opioids issues when he meets with Chinese President Xi this Wednesday. There is also strong and growing support in Congress for better international mail tracking, via The [ Read More…]
- November 6, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Navy’s Sub Program Could Teach Army CFTs Important Lessons (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. Army’s leaders want to transform the way the service designs and procures new weapons systems. The goal is to create a “modernization” command focused on providing the warfighters with new, advanced military capabilities at a faster pace and for lower costs than was previously possible. The first step the Army took was the creation of cross functional teams [ Read More…]
- November 2, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump Pick To Lead Ex-Im Bank Looks Doomed As Free Market Ideologues Lose Ground In GOP (From Forbes)
President Trump’s nominee to chair the U.S. Export-Import Bank did not fare well in a confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Senate banking committee. While four other nominees to the bank’s board attracted few complaints, senators from both sides of the aisle assailed former New Jersey congressman Scott Garrett. The general theme of the criticism was that Garrett, who worked with [ Read More…]
- 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. If American companies are unable to conduct business in Iran due to the reestablishment of sanctions, foreign competitors could claim [ Read More…]
- October 31, 2017Daniel 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 speaking, the type of challenge confronting U.S. ground forces in the vast expanses of the Sahel, with its largely uncontrolled [ Read More…]
- October 30, 2017Loren 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 move forward without an undue degree of risk, though, the service needs to take a different approach to developing its [ 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…]