Defense

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...]
Choosing A New Trainer Might Prove Challenging For The Air Force (From The National Interest) Later this year, the U.S. Air Force will select a company to build a new jet trainer designated T-X to replace the aging T-38 Talon. Although not a large procurement, the Air Force plans to acquire just 350 aircraft, it [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...]
The Battle For Iraq Doesn’t End With Mosul—Or ISIS (From The National Interest) As the battle of Mosul reaches its end, President Trump must decide how to proceed in Iraq. Both the U.S. and Iraqi governments’ rhetoric indicate American troops will withdraw after Mosul has been recaptured. However, that would leave the country [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...]
Was A Trump Doctrine Unveiled In Poland? (From RealClearDefense) In his speech on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump did more than merely reassure our European allies of America’s commitment to NATO and Article V. What he presented could be called the outlines of a Trump Doctrine, one unlike [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...]
Putin Seeking To Build Edifice Of Great Power On A Base Of Sand (From RealClearDefense) Russian President Vladimir Putin is driven by a myopic vision of restoring his country’s erstwhile glory and consumed with a sense of personal pique that prompts him to attempt to build a resurgent Russia. But this edifice is being built [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...]
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