Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

BWXT Becomes The Nuclear Industry’s Civil-Military-Commercial Growth Company (From Forbes) Lynchburg, Virginia-based BWXT has emerged as the domestic nuclear industry’s most outstanding growth story, thanks to its cradle-to-grave dominance of addressed markets.  In addition to being the sole source of naval reactors for aircraft carriers and submarines, it is the [Read More...]
Why The F-35 Fighter Will Be The U.S. Army’s Best Friend In A Future European War (From Forbes) U.S. Army leaders are worried about war in Europe.  Russia’s military has been modernizing while America was fighting in Southwest Asia over the last 16 years, and Moscow enjoys tactical advantages from operating close to home.  So the U.S. Army [Read More...]
Navy’s Hypervelocity Railgun Could Be A Gamechanger — If Congress Funds It (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy is pursuing several programs aimed at developing next-generation approaches to shipboard defense and naval fires.  Two of them — an electromagnetic railgun and hypervelocity projectile — could make a big difference in future naval engagements.  The range [Read More...]
Pratt & Whitney Surges U.S. Hiring As Bet On Geared Turbofan Pays Off (From Forbes) Pratt & Whitney, the aircraft engine unit of United Technologies, is hiring 25,000 new workers through 2025 as it ramps up production of the breakthrough Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine.  GTF technology delivers major reductions in fuel consumption, carbon emissions and [Read More...]
Fixing the U.S. Army’s Looming Heavy Armor Crisis (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army and its European NATO counterparts are falling behind Russia in fielding modern tanks, with potentially fatal consequences for their performance in future conflicts.  The latest Russian main battle tank, dubbed Armata, is equipped with active protection systems [Read More...]
Why Can’t U.S. Army Tanks Tell When They Are Being Targeted? (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is the only major ground force in the world that does not equip its combat vehicles with laser warning systems.  That will be a big problem in future conflicts, because potential adversaries like Russia and Iran have  [Read More...]
The Only Answer To North Korea’s Missiles That Won’t Make War More Likely (From Forbes) North Korea’s successful test of a long-range ballistic missile on July 4th signals that Washington is running out of time to deal with the danger. While Pyongyang does not yet have a nuclear warhead compact enough to deliver by missile, [Read More...]
Missile Defense Of U.S. Homeland Headed For Huge Management Mis-Step (From Forbes) The new head of the Missile Defense Agency, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, has inherited a flawed management strategy from the Obama years.  It calls for breaking up the end-to-end contract that a Boeing team has for integrating the Ground-based Midcourse [Read More...]
Without Latest Version Of WIN-T, Army Commanders Will Be Easy Targets In Next War (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army’s chief of staff has stated repeatedly that fixed command posts are not likely to survive for long in the fast-moving conflicts of the future.  However, the networking gear currently fielded to company, battalion and brigade commanders in [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin Plan To Build Fighters In India Could Become Model For Securing U.S. Jobs, Exports (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin and India’s Tata Group disclosed this week that they have formed a partnership to build the F-16 fighter in India.  If the F-16 is selected as India’s next fighter, the production line will move there to satisfy New [Read More...]
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