Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Pentagon & Industry Show The Value Of Performance-Based Logistics For more than twenty years, defense acquisition reformers have been pressing the Pentagon to make greater use of Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) in major sustainment contracts. Major U.S. aerospace companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin had demonstrated that, properly written, [Read More...]
T-X Competition Shows The Strength Of America’s Aerospace Industry (From The National Interest) A major issue for U.S. defense planners is the shrinking U.S. aerospace and defense sector. Decades of consolidation has reduced the number of competitors in the major product lines to less than a handful of prime contractors. So it is [Read More...]
21st Century Warfare May Require Turning The Joint Staff Into A General Staff (From The National Interest) For seventy years, since Congress created the modern U.S. national security system, the National Security Act has handicapped military decision-making by limiting the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The 1947 National Security Act (NSA) created the modern U.S. [Read More...]
Why America’s Air Force Leads the Way on Countering Enemy Drone Technology (from The National Interest) Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in the hands of this country’s adversaries, both states and terrorist organizations, pose a severe and growing challenge to the U.S. military. The proliferation of drones to hostile states and groups is altering the tactical [Read More...]
A-29 For Nigeria Would Be The Proverbial Hat Trick For The Trump Administration President Trump has made defeating violent Islamist terrorism, not just ISIS but Al Qaeda and the global skein of killer insurgents, a top priority. There are reports that a new strategy for taking on ISIS will be unveiled shortly. Whatever [Read More...]
2 Things Donald Trump’s ‘Big League’ Military Build-Up Must Include (from The National Interest) President Trump will propose adding $54 billion to the FY2018 defense budget.  Much of this is likely to be spent on improved readiness. Years of underfunding, downsizing and overuse have left the U.S. military in a state of profound unreadiness. [Read More...]
Secretary Tillerson Needs to Stop Abuse of Contract Protest Process (From The National Interest) Some companies, particularly losing incumbents on existing contracts, are gaming the protest system. They seek to use the protest process to delay having to relinquish their position and lose the revenues. During these protests, the government has to choose between [Read More...]
Problems With Navy’s Planned NGEN-R Competition Pose Threat To Network In a nation burdened by excessive government regulation, there is no more-overregulated part of the U.S. economy than the defense and aerospace sector. Whether it is the requirement to maintain a unique accounting system, endless demands for cost and pricing [Read More...]
Why Trump Needs to Deploy Missile Defenses to Counter North Korea and Iran (from The National Interest) The efforts by North Korea and Iran to develop ballistic missiles capable of targeting not only its regional adversaries but the U.S. homeland are intensifying. Two days ago, it directly challenged the new U.S. Administration and the international community by [Read More...]
Will It Take A Calamity For The Navy To Fix Its Obsolete Helicopter Training Program? The Navy’s program to train helicopter pilots stands on the precipice of a major technical or human calamity. Because it is operating obsolescent, 35-year-old TH-57 helicopters that are increasingly difficult to maintain, it is only a matter of time before [Read More...]
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