- November 8, 2017Constance Douris, M.A.
- Who Should Pay For Electric Vehicle Chargers? Who Should Profit? (From Forbes)
Electric vehicles are unlikely to win broad market acceptance unless they can be charged quickly and easily anywhere in America. Chargers are critical in getting rid of “range anxiety,” the fear of running out of charge with no station in sight. There is a debate among states as to whether utilities should be allowed to own and operate charging infrastructure [ Read More…]
- November 8, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- U.S. & NATO Need An Arctic Strategy To Counter Russia (From RealClearDefense)
Ever since Russia seized control of Crimea in late February 2014, the U.S.’ and NATO’s attention has been on the threats posed by Russian forces to the territorial integrity of the Alliance. For years, experts on Russia’s foreign and security policies have warned that Moscow has a strategy to exert control over much of the Arctic and exploit its vast resources. For more [ Read More…]
- November 6, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Army Knows What Weapons It Wants — But Can It Explain Why? (From Forbes)
The Trump Administration’s emerging National Security Strategy seems more enthused about U.S. air and sea power than it is about land power. As usual, the Army is not getting rewards from the political system commensurate with its sacrifices. One reason why is that the Army is not very adept at telling its story, particularly the modernization piece. Aside from the [ Read More…]
- 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 STOP Act. I have written about these topics for InsideSources here.
- November 6, 2017Daniel 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 (CFTs) tasked to generate realistic requirements and detailed capabilities documents in six modernization priority areas. This is a good start. [ Read More…]
- November 2, 2017Loren 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 other conservatives to block reauthorization of Ex-Im in 2015, is not committed to the bank’s mission. However, President Trump is committed, so [ 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.