Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Congress Must Reform Military Sustainment As It Did Acquisition (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. military’s Achilles heel in future conflicts will not be inferior technology. Rather, it will be an antiquated, industrial-age sustainment model. The way the Pentagon is organized to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work gives rise to endless [Read More...]
Congress Must Not Retreat On Acquisition Reform Over JEDI Cloud Contract For the past five or six years, Congress has led the fight to reform the Pentagon’s slow, risk averse and costly acquisition system. Led by visionaries such as Senator John McCain and Representative Mac Thornberry, both the Senate and House [Read More...]
The U.S. Military Can’t Wait For The Politics Of Cloud Contracting To Be Resolved (From RealClearDefense) Cloud computing offers ways of making defense network operations faster, more agile, more responsive to emerging challenges and more effective. Until recently, the Department of Defense was moving forward with plans to migrate much of the military’s IT infrastructure to [Read More...]
Germany’s Choice For A Tornado Replacement Could Undermine NATO (From Defense News) It is clear to any reasonable observer that the state of the NATO alliance is not good. Even as a candidate, Donald Trump made it clear that he desired to see the other alliance members contribute more to the common [Read More...]
The Navy’s New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers Could Be a Game Changer — And We Need More of Them (From The National Interest) With their ability to move globally, project power against the land from a sovereign base at sea, act as the centerpiece for the organization of naval forces to exert sea control and to deploy a wide array of aerial platforms, [Read More...]
The U.S. Army Is Rebuilding Its Armored Brigade Combat Teams The U.S. Army is rapidly losing its competitive advantages in high-end combat. The ability to achieve tactical overmatch, the combination of superior systems, intelligence, combined arms tactics and command and control is under assault from adversaries who have spent decades [Read More...]
DoD’s Move To The Cloud Is Critical To Operate At The ‘Speed of Relevance’ (From RealClearDefense) Secretary of Defense James Mattis makes a point of the need to accelerate the pace at which weapons systems, military organizations and concepts of operations evolve to meet future threats. He calls this “the speed of relevance.” Operating at this [Read More...]
Addressing NATO’s Near-Term Capability Gaps Executive Summary Click here to read the full report as a PDF. For the first time in more than a generation, NATO must confront the possibility of major conventional conflict with Russia. This has completely overturned NATO’s defense strategy as [Read More...]
Marine Corps’ New ‘Holy Grail’ of ACVs: A Big Step Forward (From RealClearDefense) With its decision to acquire the BAE Systens version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), the U.S. Marine Corps took a big step forward in building a force for the 21st Century. This is one in a series of procurement [Read More...]
The Army Must Balance Expensive Modernization with Lower Cost Upgrades (From The National Interest) The current defense budget environment is different from previous eras. While resources are available, the Department of Defense must both introduce new, even revolutionary, capabilities in order to re-establish overmatch vis-à-vis global competitors and replace entire fleets of support aircraft [Read More...]
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