Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Air Force Data Grab Raises Doubts About Its Acquisition Culture (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin took the unusual step this week of protesting an Air Force competition long before the winner is due to be selected.  The company complained that it was being pressed to provide technical data about its entry in the [Read More...]
Tanks To Ohio: How Trump’s Industrial Policy Shop Leverages Pentagon Spending To Create Jobs (From Forbes) One of the oddest features of policymaking in the federal government is that little effort is made to connect defense goals with economic goals.  Decisionmakers have often behaved as if there was no connection between the two areas.  Now the [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Army Must Keep Modernizing Today’s Weapons While It Tries To Leap Ahead (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is finally getting enough money to fund an adequate modernization program.  Army leaders have big plans for how they will build a more lethal, survivable and mobile force.  However, it would be a big mistake to try [Read More...]
Textron’s Scorpion Jet: Disruptive Technology, Disruptive Business Model (From Forbes) Textron’s Scorpion armed recon jet is unique.  There’s no other plane like it in the world — which in a way is why the company developed it.  After conducting a market survey at the beginning of the decade, Providence, RI-based [Read More...]
U-2 Versus Global Hawk: Why Drones Aren’t Always The Best Solution For Warfighters (From Forbes) The Air Force has been struggling of late to determine whether manned or unmanned aircraft are best-suited to generating useful high-altitude intelligence and recon.  The answer isn’t so obvious.  On the one hand, the service’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft can [Read More...]
Boeing Views Navy’s MQ-25 Carrier-Based Drone Contract As A Must Win (from Forbes) After two decades of experimenting with how unmanned aircraft might fit into a carrier air wing, the Navy has settled on a concept: it wants an aerial-refueling drone that can extend the reach of carrier-based fighters to 1000 nautical miles.   [Read More...]
Speech: Trump’s Nuclear Posture Affirms Obama Framework The following remarks were delivered by Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson to a deterrence forum sponsored by the Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance in Washington on January 31.   The number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile today is at its [Read More...]
Trump Nuclear Plan Requires Big Fixes In Decaying Warhead Industrial Complex (From Forbes) The nuclear posture to be proposed by the Trump administration hews closely to principles embraced by the president’s predecessor.  However, building the kind of capabilities planned during the Obama era will require a major renewal of the energy department’s neglected [Read More...]
How UTC’s Pratt & Whitney Has Made Connecticut A Springboard To Global Dominance In Jet Engines (From Forbes) Connecticut is nobody’s idea of a great place to run an industrial enterprise, but United Technologies’ engine unit Pratt & Whitney is managing to leverage the state’s virtues without being dragged down by its high taxes and burdensome regulations.  One [Read More...]
Trump’s Nuclear Strategy Is Basically The Same As Obama’s (From Forbes) A draft version of the final report from the Trump administration’s nuclear posture review was published by the Huffington Post on January 11, and it reveals that U.S. strategic plans will change barely at all from what the president’s predecessor [Read More...]
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