Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

China and the 2005 QDR Presentation at the Heritage Foundation With major ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as today’s tragic events, it is certainly tempting for pundits and defense officials alike to argue that U.S. defense planning, including the ongoing Quadrennial [Read More...]
Sometimes The BRAC Process Gets It Wrong Issue Brief Over the past 12 years there have been five Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) commissions leading to the elimination of some bases and other military facilities. The process for determining which facilities to close or realign is relatively [Read More...]
Logistics Transformation: Still Fighting the Last War? Issue Brief Military leaders are always accused of preparing to fight the last war. The same can be said (perhaps with greater accuracy) about logisticians. For Desert Storm, the military transferred mountains of supplies to the Middle East, so much [Read More...]
Saving Army Aviation Issue Brief On October 23, 2004, the United States Army announced its decision to cancel the Comanche helicopter program. At the time, this decision was criticized by many. The Comanche was a state-of-the-art platform, fully digital, stealthy and able to [Read More...]
The Military Helicopter Industrial Base Research Study The health of the defense industrial base (DIB) continues to be a concern for the Department of Defense and U.S. lawmakers. The end of the Cold War saw a major contraction in the size of the defense industrial [Read More...]
A Deal So Good Only The Pentagon Could Turn It Down Issue Brief Only an organization in desperate straits would even think of turning down a business deal that would lower its costs and provide it additional resources. Yet, that is exactly what the Department of Defense is doing. The Pentagon [Read More...]
No to a larger Army! Issue Brief While disagreeing intensely over the Iraq war, there seems to be one thing on which conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are in accord: Iraq demonstrates the need to increase the size of the Army (and, many will add, [Read More...]
Laser Weapons For Iraq? Issue Brief In Iraq, rocket and mortar attacks on Coalition forces, other security forces and civilians are one of the most effective tactics of that country’s insurgents. They are relatively simple for the insurgents to operate, including to break down [Read More...]
The Power of Sea Basing Issue Brief The U.S. response to the human tragedy along the Indian Ocean littorals provides the world with two important lessons. The first is the unparalleled generosity of the American people. The second is the value of sea power. Less [Read More...]
Supplying Ammunition: The Lifeblood of the Military Research Study No part of the defense industrial base is more critical to the success of the U.S. military in conflict than that which produces munitions. At its most basic level, the function of the U.S. military in conflict is [Read More...]
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