Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Access Problem Ignored Issue Brief A conservative think tank called The Project for the New American Century has completed a two-year study of U.S. defense needs. It is issuing a report entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” that clearly is aimed at influencing the next [Read More...]
Navy Must Sell Congress on Intranet System Article Published in the Federal Times The House Armed Services Committee recently put a shot across the Navy’s bow regarding service plans to build its own version of the Internet, and the warning has the service looking for ways to [Read More...]
Missile Defense Neglected Fundamentals Issue Brief There’s a growing debate about missile defense in the national media. Much of it is recycled from debates in the 1960’s (Sentinel/Safeguard) and 1980’s (Star Wars). Missile defense, it is said, may “destabilize” the nuclear balance or lead [Read More...]
Joint Strike Fighter Opportunity Costs Issue Brief The biggest program in the Pentagon’s weapons-purchasing plan for the next 20 years is the Joint Strike Fighter. The Clinton Administration wants to buy 2,852 of the stealthy fighter-bombers in three different versions for the Air Force, Navy [Read More...]
Joint Strike Fighter: An “Opportunity” to be Avoided Issue Brief If you want to understand why defense stocks often trade at a discount to other equities, take a look at the Joint Strike Fighter. The $220 billion program is supposed to replace Air Force F-16’s, Navy F/A-18’s and [Read More...]
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...]
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