Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

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...]
Army’s Acquisition Reform Must Be Even Bolder (From RealClearDefense) The Army’s leadership has taken a number of bold steps to reform its sclerotic acquisition system. Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley have set very ambitious goals for a revamped acquisition system. Secretary Esper has [Read More...]
Maneuver SHORAD: First Success For Army Acquisition Reform? (From RealClearDefense) A relatively short time has passed since the Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley and then-Acting Army Secretary, Kevin McCarthy, announced their intentions to radically alter their Service’s acquisition system. Nevertheless, it is not too early to look for [Read More...]
Paladin: What’s Right And Wrong With Army Modernization (From RealClearDefense) In 1963, the U.S. Army introduced the M109A1 155mm turreted self-propelled howitzer, called the Paladin. The Paladin has seen service in every American conflict from the Vietnam War to the present. It is currently the primary fire support system for [Read More...]
Why America Needs A New Upper Stage Rocket More Than a Russian RD-180 Replacement (From The National Interest) Space launch vehicles usually require both first and upper stages to accelerate the spacecraft to speeds necessary to place payloads in their intended orbits. The workhorse of U.S. space launch is the Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V uses a [Read More...]
Building A Bigger Navy Means Buying Ships In Bulk (From RealClearDefense) While experts may differ as to the overall composition of the future U.S. Navy, they are nearly unanimous in their judgment that the Navy is too small to meet its current missions with the current number of ships. This means [Read More...]
The Trump National Security Strategy In One Word: Sovereignty (From RealClearDefense) The central animating principle of President Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) is American sovereignty. But the exercise and defense of national sovereignty under the banner of “America First” is not isolationist. Throughout his campaign for the Oval Office and [Read More...]
Will Proposed Reforms Really Make Army Acquisition Faster? (From The National Interest) The Army’s set of five interlocking reforms will make its acquisition system faster and more efficient. Just by using CFTs it hopes to reduce the time needed to develop requirements from 60 or more months to 12 or less. The [Read More...]
The Army’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Program Needs A Cross Functional Team (From The National Interest) The leadership of the U.S. Army is on a mission to radically alter the way it does acquisition and sustainment. To that end, it has created eight pilot cross functional teams (CFTs) to improve the speed and effectiveness of the [Read More...]
How Quantitative Analysis Of Big Data Could Address The Hard Intelligence Problem Understanding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its capabilities, plans and intentions, has always been a particularly difficult challenge for outside observers, including Western intelligence agencies. Access to the country is limited. Information is tightly controlled. The regime has [Read More...]
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