- November 20, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- 5 Reasons The Army’s New Battlefield Networking Strategy Won’t Work (From Forbes)
The Army last week tried to lay out its “halt-fix-pivot” strategy for recasting how future battlefield communications should be organized. It didn’t make much sense. As Sydney Freedberg of Breaking Defense observed, there is a real danger that the Army will simply repeat the problems of the past. For starters, it has defined its goals so ambitiously that a satisfactory solution [ Read More…]
- November 20, 2017
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Exploiting Western Political And Economic Advantages In The Competition With Russia (From RealClearDefense)
It is a mistake to view the current struggle between Russia and the Western allies primarily as a military competition. Certainly, in view of the Kremlin’s willingness to use force to resolve political conflicts along its periphery, attention must be paid to NATO’s ability to deter Moscow. But if Russia is denied the possibility of a quick, low cost military [ Read More…]
- November 16, 2017
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- PenFed, #2 Federal Credit Union, Opens Command Center Focused On Military Customer Experience (From Forbes)
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union has opened a new Availability Command Center to assure that the 100 million transactions it has with its members each month are secure and satisfying. PenFed CEO James Schenck says he is aiming for “five nines” availability, meaning the network would be available 99.999% of the time. That matters a lot to PenFed’s hyper-mobile clientele, [ Read More…]
- November 16, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Whole World – Not Just The U.S. – Is Moving To Secure Its Borders (From RealClearDefense)
Insecure borders may do more harm than war to the institutions, practices, treaties, laws and norms that have sustained the present international order and supported global commerce. The nations of the world recognize that the policies and technologies that led to the rapid globalization of commerce and travel have also created serious threats to the security of almost all nations. Opponents of a secure U.S. border need to recognize that other countries are aggressively pursuing upgrades to their border security [ Read More…]
- November 15, 2017Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Good First Steps By The Army On Reforming The Acquisition System (From The National Interest)
Just a month ago, the U.S. Army’s top leaders, Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, announced the most far-reaching reforms of the acquisition system in two generations. A new command will be created by mid-2018 to manage and streamline Army modernization. Secretary McCarthy and General Milley believed they couldn’t wait until next year to change the acquisition system. To jumpstart the revolution, pilot cross-functional teams (CFTs) have been created to address the [ Read More…]
- November 14, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How A Decaying Surface Transport System Is Endangering U.S. Security And Economic Strength (From Forbes)
President Eisenhower sold Congress on the need for an interstate highway system in part by highlighting its value to national defense. Few people today, though, see the connection between a robust surface transport system and military preparedness. That’s too bad, because there is abundant evidence that inadequate investment in transport infrastructure is undercutting both military preparedness and economic strength. For instance, if the Poe Lock between Lake Superior and Lake Huron were closed, steel production in the Midwest would largely [ Read More…]
- November 9, 2017Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- North Korea Threat Likely To Spur Big Increase In Spending On Navy’s Aegis Missile Shield (From Forbes)
The U.S. Navy’s Aegis combat system is headed for a major budget increase, thanks to the growing nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The latest upgrade of Aegis is able to intercept 99% of the ballistic missiles in North Korea’s arsenal, while simultaneously defending against all manner of airborne threats. That makes Aegis uniquely relevant to the Trump Administration’s plan to bolster U.S. missile defenses, because unlike every other missile defense program the Pentagon is pursuing it is sea-based and [ Read More…]
- 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 for electric cars. Missouri, Michigan and Kansas all have turned down utilities’ requests to build charging stations with customers’ money. I have [ Read More…]
- November 8, 2017Daniel 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 than a decade, the Kremlin has been engaged in a sophisticated, multi-faceted campaign that employs a wide range of diplomatic, legal, economic [ Read More…]
- November 6, 2017Loren 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 fact that it can’t seem to stick with a plan, the way it proposes to execute key weapons initiatives often [ 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…]