Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Will Navy’s Next Generation Network Miss the Mark for Sailors and Marines? (From RealClearDefense) Later this year, the U.S. Navy intends to award a new contract to support and upgrade the world’s largest IT network. The current contract, called the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), involves some 400,000 computers and 800,000 users at 2,500 [Read More...]
Nuclear Burden-Sharing Dictates That Germany Acquire The F-35 (From Defense News) The sharing of responsibility for the storage and delivery of tactical nuclear weapons among member countries is a key aspect of NATO’s strategic deterrent. NATO’s arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons consists entirely of air-delivered B61 gravity bombs. Currently, in addition [Read More...]
The Army Needs To Buy Capability Today To Be Modern Tomorrow (From RealClearDefense) Processes are no substitute for production. The U.S. Army’s effort to reform the processes associated with its acquisition system, from requirements definition through investments in technology to engineering development and production, is moving forward. However, it is not clear that [Read More...]
The Jones Act Is Needed Now More Than Ever (From The National Interest) Almost one hundred years ago, the U.S. Congress sought to enhance the nation’s ability to provide and maintain a Navy by passing the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act places restrictions on [Read More...]
The Army’s Other Major Aviation Modernization Program (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army believes that future high-end conflicts will require aviation assets, particularly helicopters, which are long range, fast-moving and highly lethal. Future military helicopters will need to lift more weight, generate greater power and use less fuel. The Army [Read More...]
The Key To Success In Afghanistan Is Logistics (From RealClearDefense) A competent and sustainable Afghan security force is essential to the U.S. strategy of eventually transitioning security responsibilities to the Afghan government. For nearly two decades, the U.S. and its coalition partners have been struggling to help the government in [Read More...]
Defense Firms Are Ready To Invest But Pentagon Must Make Good On Acquisition Reforms (From The National Interest) For years, senior Pentagon officials have been hectoring defense companies to put more “skin in the game” by increasing their spending on research and development and investing more of their own money on infrastructure and production technologies. The Pentagon wanted [Read More...]
The F-35 Could Help Create A Defense Architecture Across The Asia-Pacific Region (From Defense News) Proponents for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have long insisted the aircraft would fundamentally transform air combat and ensure U.S. and allied dominance of the air domain for decades to come. The evidence from numerous exercises as well as initial [Read More...]
Drones Will Surpass IED Threat In Future Conflicts (From RealClearDefense) The weapon system that personified the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and shaped the behavior of the U.S. military for almost fifteen years was the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). IEDs were responsible for approximately two-thirds of U.S. and Coalition casualties [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin’s F-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter is Becoming a Key Missile Defense Sensor (From The National Interest) Airpower enthusiasts have long promised that the introduction of fifth generation combat aircraft, particularly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is finally fielded in numbers, will change the nature of air warfare. The F-35’s combination of stealth, maneuverability, [Read More...]
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