Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

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...]
Trump’s Embrace Of Space Force Could Transform How America Wages War (From Forbes) President Trump confounded his defense advisors this week by embracing the idea of a Space Force to manage military activities in space.  Not a space command or a space corps, but a Space Force.  The president may be on to [Read More...]
Mike Griffin, Pentagon’s New Tech Chief, Likely To Take A Hard Look At Military’s Space Launch Plans (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s new Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin, may be the most intellectually gifted public servant in the entire Trump administration.  What he is best known for, though, is his extensive background in space technology — most [Read More...]
How The Pentagon’s Space Program Cratered In The 1990s — And Why It’s Now In Danger Again (from Forbes) In the years after the Cold War ended, the Pentagon’s space program fell to its lowest ebb since the launch of Sputnik in 1957.  Most of the new orbital systems being developed for the military and the intelligence community went [Read More...]
Biothreats Are Exploding. Firewalls and Fallout Shelters Won’t Help (From Forbes) Next month is the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918, which ultimately cost 50-100 million lives worldwide and reduced life expectancy in the U.S. by 12 years.  The most important reason to remember that devastating pandemic today [Read More...]
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