As Space War Looms, Air Force’s Biggest Weakness May Be How It Buys Satellites (From Forbes) Air Force leaders are expressing grave concern about recent Russian and Chinese initiatives aimed at negating America’s national-security space capabilities.  The satellite constellations on which the U.S. currently depends for communications, recon and warning of attack are not equipped to [Read More...]
Trump Drone Decree Signals Arms Exports Are Now A Key Feature Of U.S. Economic Policy (From Forbes) On April 19, the White House gave the defense industry long-sought relief from regulations limiting the export of drones.  A presidential memorandum loosened restrictions and committed the federal government to playing a more active role in promoting U.S. arms exports.   [Read More...]
Mega-Base: What Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Means For The Economy of Ohio (From Forbes) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio is the largest single-site employer in the Buckeye State and the center of Air Force innovation.  It is also a driver of regional growth, accounting for 14% of economic activity in the Dayton [Read More...]
Army Needs To Maintain Momentum On APS Technologies (From RealClearDefense) U.S. ground forces deployed in Europe had been reduced to a faint shadow of their former greatness. They lacked heavy armor, combat aviation, long-range fires, short-range air defense and electronic warfare. In addition, historically low rates of investment left the [Read More...]
The U.S. Is Building Its Own Anti-Access Air And Missile Defense System (From RealClearDefense) Over the past several years, much attention has been focused on efforts by this country’s competitors to create an anti-access/area denial environment (A2/AD) designed to defeat U.S. power projection capabilities. A central feature of the canonical A2/AD threat is an [Read More...]
How Boeing’s KC-46 Next-Gen Tanker Will Set The Global Standard For Aerial Refueling (From Forbes) Boeing is developing a versatile aerial refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force that will be a game-changer for the joint force and overseas allies.  The tanker is critical to future military operations because many key destinations in Europe and [Read More...]
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...]
Winning the Great Power Competition: Better Logistics And Sustainment (From RealClearDefense) Logistics and sustainment are what makes the difference between a military that can fight and win wars and one-trick ponies that give out as soon as they have to operate beyond their immediate support facilities. This is an area in [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...]
To Support Africa, Build Infrastructure (From RealClearDefense) The African continent is a rapidly growing market. Foreign direct investment (FDI) patterns are steady, if not growing, as countries around the world invest in Africa. However, the U.S. is woefully behind. This is due in large part to [Read More...]
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