Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Trump Pick To Lead Ex-Im Bank Looks Doomed As Free Market Ideologues Lose Ground In GOP (From Forbes) President Trump’s nominee to chair the U.S. Export-Import Bank did not fare well in a confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Senate banking committee.  While four other nominees to the bank’s board attracted few complaints, senators from both sides of the [Read More...]
The Danger Of Buying The Air Force’s Next Ballistic Missile From The Lowest Bidder (From Forbes) The U.S. Air Force is responsible for two of the three legs in the nuclear triad.  In 2015 it awarded an engineering contract to develop the nation’s next long-range strategic bomber, and in August of this year it awarded two [Read More...]
Boeing Thinks Airbus Is Making A Big Mistake With Bombardier Partnership (From Forbes) Early coverage of the proposed partnership between Airbus and Bombardier to build the latter company’s CSeries jetliners has made the deal sound like a setback for Boeing.  That isn’t the way Boeing sees it.  It could have gotten the same [Read More...]
Air Force Plan To Abort Replacement Of J-Stars Radar Planes Is Full Of Flaws (From Forbes) The Air Force’s tentative plan for abandoning replacement of J-Stars radar planes is beginning to come into focus.  As I foreshadowed in a Forbes article last month, it hinges on drones — particularly the 11 “Block 40” Global Hawk drones [Read More...]
Raytheon May Have A Quick Fix For Seoul’s Vulnerability To North Korean Attack (From Forbes) The proximity of South Korea’s capital to North Korea is a huge complication for U.S. military planners trying to figure out how to deal with the nuclear threat posed by the North.  Because it is within 35 miles of the [Read More...]
Maritime Security: Five Reasons The Jones Act Is A Bargain (From Forbes) Recent hurricanes have reawakened critics of the 1920 Merchant Marine Act, better known as the Jones Act, which reserves waterborne commerce within the U.S. for domestic carriers.  No doubt about it, the law is a deviation from classic economic principles.  [Read More...]
No To Trudeau: Why Trump (And Boeing) Can’t Compromise On Bombardier’s Predatory Pricing Of Planes (From Forbes) When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau visits Washington this week, Trump administration moves to slap heavy duties on imports of Bombardier C Series jetliners will be very much on his mind.  He will doubtless complain to the president that the [Read More...]
Future Vertical Lift: The Army Could Field Its Next-Gen Rotorcraft Much Faster (From Forbes) The Army has a plan to develop next-generation combat rotorcraft called Future Vertical Lift (FVL).  Managed in partnership with the Navy, the first new airframes it will develop are intended to replace the tank-killing Apache attack helicopter and the workhorse [Read More...]
Five Reasons the Air Force’s J-Stars Rethink Is Dangerous (From RealClearDefense) After spending years preparing to replace its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) with a next-generation radar plane, the Air Force this summer abruptly disclosed that it wanted to rethink the whole effort.  It says there are concerns about [Read More...]
How Concurrency In Building The F-35 Fighter Has Proven To Be A Big Plus (From Forbes) As the F-35 fighter program has gradually retired risk and proven its potential, critics have been forced to resort to increasingly arcane ideas to explain why the program supposedly was a bad idea.  Concurrency — the overlapping of development and [Read More...]
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