Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

As Space War Looms, Air Force’s Biggest Weakness May Be How It Buys Satellites (From Forbes) Air Force leaders are expressing grave concern about recent Russian and Chinese initiatives aimed at negating America’s national-security space capabilities.  The satellite constellations on which the U.S. currently depends for communications, recon and warning of attack are not equipped to [Read More...]
Trump Drone Decree Signals Arms Exports Are Now A Key Feature Of U.S. Economic Policy (From Forbes) On April 19, the White House gave the defense industry long-sought relief from regulations limiting the export of drones.  A presidential memorandum loosened restrictions and committed the federal government to playing a more active role in promoting U.S. arms exports.   [Read More...]
Mega-Base: What Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Means For The Economy of Ohio (From Forbes) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio is the largest single-site employer in the Buckeye State and the center of Air Force innovation.  It is also a driver of regional growth, accounting for 14% of economic activity in the Dayton [Read More...]
How Boeing’s KC-46 Next-Gen Tanker Will Set The Global Standard For Aerial Refueling (From Forbes) Boeing is developing a versatile aerial refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force that will be a game-changer for the joint force and overseas allies.  The tanker is critical to future military operations because many key destinations in Europe and [Read More...]
Biowar: A Guide To The Coming Plague Years (From Forbes) Threats to national security aren’t as predictable now as they were during the Cold War.  The one thing many recent threats have in common is that they are “asymmetric” — they aim to attack America where it is least ready [Read More...]
Why Trillion-Dollar Estimates To Keep The F-35 Fighter Flying Are Really Misleading (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter is wrapping up a very successful development program.  All key performance requirements have been met, the cost of each variant is coming down, and the fighter wins every overseas sales competition in which it is entered.   [Read More...]
5 Reasons Congress Surprised The Satellite Industry By Adding Military Satcoms In The 2018 Budget (From Forbes) Congressional appropriators surprised the satellite industry by adding two more Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellites to their omnibus spending measure last month.  Commercial satellite operators aren’t happy, because the move will make it more difficult for them to increase their [Read More...]
Slow Ride: U.S. Army Won’t Begin Replacing Cold War Helicopters Until After 2030 (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is talking a lot these days about speeding up the way it buys weapons, but you’d never know that to look at its plan for modernizing combat helicopters.  All three of the core rotorcraft operated by Army [Read More...]
Trump Defense Budget Gives Boeing’s Super Hornet Fighter A Big Boost (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy is leveraging increased military spending from the Trump administration to launch a multifaceted modernization effort for its F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighters.  Eventually all of the Super Hornets on carrier decks, both newly-built and previously-fielded, will be [Read More...]
What The U.S. Navy’s Supercarriers Give America That No Other Nation Has (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy operates 11 large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that are the biggest warships ever built.  They are often called “supercarriers” because of their lethality, survivability and versatility.  Although they are the signature warfighting machines of the joint force, however, [Read More...]
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