Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Graying Airpower Puts U.S. At Risk Article Published in Aviation Week and Space Technology Every year the U.S. Air Force puts on an “Aerospace Power Demonstration” in Florida to display to the public its proficiency in wielding the weapons of modern air warfare. It’s the service’s [Read More...]
Fear of Flying: America’s Aging Fleet of Military Aircraft Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to participate in today’s discussion of aging military equipment. I will limit my remarks to military aircraft, the area where aging equipment raises the most serious operational and [Read More...]
Letter to the Editor, The Washington Post To the Editor: Stephen S. Rosenfeld expresses an oft-repeated criticism of military planning when he asserts that the Clinton Administration’s new national-security strategy is making America “Ready For The Last War” (January 15). But he is wrong on at least [Read More...]
Air Force Faces Challenges In Accomplishing Its Mission In Future Article Published in The Colorado Springs Gazette On the eve of a new millennium, the U.S. Air Force is the most powerful military aerospace organization in the history of mankind. Its diverse inventory of over 4,000 combat-ready aircraft dwarfs the [Read More...]
NATO: Fifty Years and Counting…Down? Article Published in the Defense Daily Network In April, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will mark the fiftieth anniversary of its founding and, like many 50 year-olds, it is starting to show signs of a mid-life crisis. NATO was established [Read More...]
Investing in Defense Letter to the Editor Published in The New York Times Michael O’Hanlon’s proposals for restructuring defense investment priorities (“How Much Military?”) reflect a distinctly unrealistic view of threats, technology and politics. Mr. O’Hanlon dismisses current spending plans for the top [Read More...]
V-22 Versatility Argues For Faster Production Issue Brief No one much misses the Soviet Union, but there is at least one positive thing that can be said about the threat the Soviets posed to U.S. security during the Cold War: it focused policymakers’ minds on the [Read More...]
HEAVY SEAS: The U.S. Shipbuilding Industry Struggles To Stay On Course Article Published in the Armed Forces Journal International In summer of 1990, as the Soviet empire was rapidly unraveling, the U.S. Navy’s Sea Systems Command prepared an assessment of the U.S. shipbuilding industry. As the main organization responsible for the [Read More...]
Keep Strike Forces Updated Or Pay High Price Later Op Ed Published in the Navy Times As America’s Cold-War network of bases and allies gradually erodes in Eurasia, sea-based forces are assuming more of the warfighting burden in U.S. military plans. That is particularly true of the Navy’s eleven [Read More...]
The V-22 Osprey: V Is For Versatile Article Published in the Sea Power So uncharted is the national security landscape in the first decade following the end of Cold War that the Pentagon has declared “uncertainty” the enemy. What is clearly known is the effect this has [Read More...]
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