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War In Space: How The Air Force Is Preparing, And What Might Go Wrong (From Forbes) Faced with rising threats to satellites and space infrastructure, the U.S. Air Force is rethinking its whole approach to military space.  Doctrine is being rewritten, training curricula are being revised, and investment priorities are shifting to emphasize resilience.  Clearly, the [Read More...]
Maneuver SHORAD: First Success For Army Acquisition Reform? (From RealClearDefense) A relatively short time has passed since the Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley and then-Acting Army Secretary, Kevin McCarthy, announced their intentions to radically alter their Service’s acquisition system. Nevertheless, it is not too early to look for [Read More...]
Doubts About SpaceX Reliability Persist As Astronaut Missions Approach (From Forbes) On January 7, a U.S. spy satellite launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket failed to reach orbit.  We may never know precisely why the billion-dollar spacecraft was lost, but it is a bad omen as Boeing and SpaceX prepare [Read More...]
Paladin: What’s Right And Wrong With Army Modernization (From RealClearDefense) In 1963, the U.S. Army introduced the M109A1 155mm turreted self-propelled howitzer, called the Paladin. The Paladin has seen service in every American conflict from the Vietnam War to the present. It is currently the primary fire support system for [Read More...]
Combat Vehicle Fire Extinguishers Pose Threat To Service Members (From RealClearDefense) During the Cold War, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps installed highly pressurized Automatic Fire Extinguisher Systems in their tanks and troop carriers to protect crews from flash fires caused by incoming rounds.  After 9-11, the same systems were installed [Read More...]
Electronic Warfare: The Part Of The F-35 Fighter Story You Haven’t Heard (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter program was designed from its inception to evade detection by radar and heat-seeking missiles.  Combined with speed, agility and onboard weapons, these “stealth” features make the F-35 a highly survivable aircraft even in heavily contested air [Read More...]
Why America Needs A New Upper Stage Rocket More Than a Russian RD-180 Replacement (From The National Interest) Space launch vehicles usually require both first and upper stages to accelerate the spacecraft to speeds necessary to place payloads in their intended orbits. The workhorse of U.S. space launch is the Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V uses a [Read More...]
Building A Bigger Navy Means Buying Ships In Bulk (From RealClearDefense) While experts may differ as to the overall composition of the future U.S. Navy, they are nearly unanimous in their judgment that the Navy is too small to meet its current missions with the current number of ships. This means [Read More...]
Five Reasons The U.S. Army Must Modernize Faster To Avoid Catastrophe (From Forbes) The U.S. Army hates begging Congress for money, but its new management team has figured out that begging is a lot better than being unprepared when the next war begins.  So Army Secretary Mark Esper and Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy [Read More...]
The Trump National Security Strategy In One Word: Sovereignty (From RealClearDefense) The central animating principle of President Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) is American sovereignty. But the exercise and defense of national sovereignty under the banner of “America First” is not isolationist. Throughout his campaign for the Oval Office and [Read More...]
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