Defense

JSTARS: Military has the ‘Eyesight’, But Where’s the Foresight? Issue Brief Imagine if the Union Army had possessed the technical means to “see” from the farmlands of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. President Abraham Lincoln’s military commanders could have monitored the movements of Gen. Robert [Read More...]
Keep Coast Guard Sharp: Expanding Missions Demand Modern Gear Article Published in the Defense News When most people think of the U.S. Coast Guard, they think of a small-boat force that risks life and limb in crashing surf and stormy seas to rescue errant boaters. Perhaps they imagine a [Read More...]
Clear and Present Danger Letter to the Editor at Harpers Magazine To The Editor:Jonathan Schell’s essay concerning our ongoing nuclear crisis [“The Unfinished Twentieth Century,” January] correctly notes that the Clinton Administration’s plans to develop an anti-ballistic missile defense system are incompatible with the [Read More...]
Submarines and Intelligence (3): Bock Buy Saves Money Issue Brief The Lexington Institute has published several essays on the seldom-discussed subject of submarines and intelligence. The Navy’s nuclear-powered attack subs have a rapidly growing role in the collection of both tactical and strategic intelligence. Because this growth was [Read More...]
Submarines and Intelligence (2): Time to Rebuild Issue Brief Over the past ten years, the strategic intelligence taskings for the Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarines have doubled. During the same period, the number of attack subs in the active fleet declined nearly 40% – from 91 in 1990 [Read More...]
Defense Industry’s Real Problem: Capricious Pentagon Article Published in the Aviation Week and Space Technology The Pentagon is sponsoring a study by the Defense Science Board (DSB) to figure out what has gone wrong with the defense industry. In the two years since senior policymakers blocked [Read More...]
Submarines and Intelligence: The Missing Link Issue Brief The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has completed a comprehensive study of attack-submarine requirements in the years 2015 and 2025. The study is a follow-up to the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, which recommended the Navy reduce [Read More...]
The “Unplugged” Battlefield: Marine Corps Modernizes Its Tactical Communications Article Published in the Seapower Magazine A running joke in the Marine Corps is that the two most common after-action comments following a field exercise are, “We learned a lot,” and, “Comm [communications] was fouled up again.” With luck, the [Read More...]
Don’t Turn A Blind Eye To The Need For Subs Article Published in the Navy Times When Blind Man’s Bluff, the story of the Navy’s Cold War submarine fleet, was published in 1999, the Navy distanced itself from the book, citing security concerns and a policy to not discuss submarine [Read More...]
Plan for Defense Spending Article Published in The Washington Post By Loren Thompson, Ph.D. David Ignatius really hit the nail on the head in his February 13 analysis of the defense industry’s decline. The industry’s problems can be succinctly summarized as depressed demand, uneven [Read More...]
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