Defense

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...]
Contested Littorals Require A Larger, More Capable U.S. Amphibious Warfare Fleet (From RealClearDefense) The rise of near-peer and regional state adversaries foreshadows the possibility that the Navy and Marine Corps will have to plan not just for a large-scale assault against a hostile shore but for an amphibious campaign to seize/liberate multiple strategic [Read More...]
Minuteman III Replacement: Key to Nuclear Deterrence (From RealClearDefense) In order to deter nuclear aggression against its homeland and vital interests, the U.S. must demonstrate that its strategic arsenal is capable of surviving an attack and then retaliating with devastating force against the aggressor. In other words, the losses [Read More...]
Will the U.S. Army Tolerate a U.S. Air Force ‘Bait And Switch’ On J-Stars Replacement?  (From The National Interest) Since it was first deployed during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) airborne ground surveillance aircraft has made a major contribution to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ attainment of decisive over [Read More...]
Will Business As Usual in Acquisition Defeat the U.S. Army? (From RealClearDefense) The Army leadership hasn’t effectively communicated the message to the acquisition system that war may soon be coming and that the priority is to field systems that ameliorate critical capabilities gaps as soon as possible. Instead, for the acquisition system [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...]
7 Ways To Enhance The US Military’s Humvee Fleet (From Defense News) The most common vehicle operated by the U.S. military is the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee.  There are some 110,000 in the U.S. Army alone. More than 60 foreign militaries operate around 250,000 Humvees. There is a plan [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...]
NATO Needs A Long-Term Strategy To Counter Russia (From RealClearDefense) Russia has been at war with the West for more than a decade. Putin and other Russian leaders have made it clear that they believe the West started this war, employing primarily non-military means to destabilize the Russian government and [Read More...]
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