Defense

Congress Must Reform Military Sustainment As It Did Acquisition (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. military’s Achilles heel in future conflicts will not be inferior technology. Rather, it will be an antiquated, industrial-age sustainment model. The way the Pentagon is organized to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work gives rise to endless [Read More...]
How The Air Force Could Become The Biggest Threat To The F-35 Fighter’s Success (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter is turning into a great success, not just for America’s military but for nearly a dozen allies.  What could go wrong?  The biggest danger is that the U.S. Air Force will be distracted just as two [Read More...]
Putting Interceptors On Trucks Is The Fastest Way Trump Can Bolster Missile Defense Of America (From Forbes) The Trump administration wants to bolster defenses of the U.S. homeland against ballistic missile attack.  The only program the Pentagon has capable of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile warheads headed for America is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD.  GMD [Read More...]
Congress Must Not Retreat On Acquisition Reform Over JEDI Cloud Contract For the past five or six years, Congress has led the fight to reform the Pentagon’s slow, risk averse and costly acquisition system. Led by visionaries such as Senator John McCain and Representative Mac Thornberry, both the Senate and House [Read More...]
Raytheon’s Pathfinder Program For Next-Gen GPS Has Become A Breakthrough Success (From Forbes) The Global Positioning System is one of the signature technological successes of this generation.  Google Maps, Uber and your smart phone couldn’t work without it.  But GPS satellites don’t operate on autopilot.  They must be monitored and managed continuously by [Read More...]
The U.S. Military Can’t Wait For The Politics Of Cloud Contracting To Be Resolved (From RealClearDefense) Cloud computing offers ways of making defense network operations faster, more agile, more responsive to emerging challenges and more effective. Until recently, the Department of Defense was moving forward with plans to migrate much of the military’s IT infrastructure to [Read More...]
A Quick Fix For U.S. Navy Surveillance Gaps In Asia (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy has difficulty identifying remote threats in the Indo-Pacific region, whether they be distant warships or military units operating under jungle canopies.  It appears the Air Force has a solution: a multi-spectral infrared sensor designated MS-177A that flies [Read More...]
Why China Wants A Super Rocket Like NASA’s Space Launch System (From Forbes) NASA is developing a new Space Launch System that one day may carry humans to Mars.  It eventually will be the biggest rocket ever built, able to lift 130 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit.  China says it wants to [Read More...]
Germany’s Choice For A Tornado Replacement Could Undermine NATO (From Defense News) It is clear to any reasonable observer that the state of the NATO alliance is not good. Even as a candidate, Donald Trump made it clear that he desired to see the other alliance members contribute more to the common [Read More...]
The Navy’s New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers Could Be a Game Changer — And We Need More of Them (From The National Interest) With their ability to move globally, project power against the land from a sovereign base at sea, act as the centerpiece for the organization of naval forces to exert sea control and to deploy a wide array of aerial platforms, [Read More...]
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