Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Pity The Poor Chinese Navy Issue Brief China has been busy trying to develop a military that can isolate Taiwan, and, if necessary, hold the U.S. at bay. The PLAN’s one hope for success in a campaign against Taiwan is to blockade the island and [Read More...]
Wanted: Medium-Weight Land Forces Issue Brief One lesson to emerge from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is that, at times, U.S. ground forces proved to be too powerful. This seems counterintuitive when the war was won in approximately five weeks with minimum casualties. Yet, there [Read More...]
Sea-based Missile and Air Defenses Research Study Robust sea-based air and missile defenses will constitute a key strategic capability for the U.S. Navy in the 21st Century. Today the Navy is confronting a serious anti-access threat that will only grow over time. The proliferation of [Read More...]
Alliance Project Seminar On July 1, 2003, the Lexington Institute held the third in its seminar series on the limits of alliances. The speaker was Dr. Simon Serfaty, director of the European Studies Program at CSIS. The discussion focused largely on the Bush [Read More...]
Defense Acquisition: Protect The Parts That Work Issue Brief The Bush Administration came to office determined to reform the defense acquisition process. It took too long to get new hardware into the field, weapons were often out of date by the time they were fielded and the [Read More...]
Putting A Stop To The Issue Brief A modern day “gold rush” fever is threatening to overwhelm good sense and the acquisition process. DoD is being inundated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle concepts, often systems built of nothing but viewgraphs, that are in some notable cases [Read More...]
Why Allies? Which Allies? Issue Brief Does the United States need allies in the 21st Century? If so, what kind of allies does it require? Although the United States has collaborated with many nations throughout its history, including in pursuit of its independence, the [Read More...]
Homeland Security: Measuring Success Issue Brief Are we safer now than were on September 11th? At one level this is an existential question to which no concrete answer is possible. At another level it is an eminently practical question that demands detailed response. The [Read More...]
Defending The Friendly Skies Issue Brief The effort by the Transportation Security Administration to make U.S. commercial airliners safe from hijacking and bombs is only the beginning. The attempt to shoot down a commercial airliner in Africa on February with two infra-red (IR) guided, [Read More...]
The U.S. Army Meets Star Wars Issue Brief The United States Army is preparing to propel itself forward on beams of energy into a new realm of warfare. Already, the Army has made great strides in bringing directed energy weapons to the battlefield. The Army, in [Read More...]
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