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Why The U.S. Marines Amphibious Combat Vehicle Program Works (From The National Interest) The Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program is an example of smart procurement focused on meeting critical near-term modernization requirements. Based on its experience in the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which pushed the boundaries of technology, the Marine Corps [Read More...]
Army Aviation Dodges A Bullet In Latest Budget Cliffhanger (From Forbes) The U.S. Army operates the largest fleet of military helicopters in the world, but during the Obama years it did not get enough money to modernize a force in which all of the frontline rotorcraft first saw action during the [Read More...]
Commercial Logistics Critical to U.S. Global Power Projection (From RealClearDefense) When government officials and defense experts speak of the United States’ ability to project military power globally they usually make reference to this nation’s dominance in warfighting capabilities, such as aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, strategic bombers or advanced fighters. [Read More...]
GMD: The Only Program That Can Stop A North Korean Nuclear Warhead From Reaching America (From Forbes) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made no secret of his efforts to obtain a nuclear strike capability against America.  That is a huge security challenge because Kim may not be deterrable in the way we believe Russian and [Read More...]
Trump Administration Needs A Bigger And Badder Coast Guard (From Defense News) Throughout the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump talked about securing this country’s borders as well as restoring America’s military strength. Against this backdrop, the recommendation in the new Administration’s initial budget proposal to cut spending for the U.S. Coast Guard by [Read More...]
U.S. Air Force’s Helicopter Plan Ignores Mattis’ Reform Guidance (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Air Force urgently needs to replace its decrepit fleet of UH-1N helicopters, which provides security for Minuteman III missiles and emergency transport for senior government officials. However, the way the Air Force is going about picking the replacement [Read More...]
The U.S. Military’s Master Plan To Fight Russia And China In A War Is Already Here (From The National Interest) When faced with adversaries who seemed able to match or counter U.S. military-technological superiority, the Department of Defense began an intensive effort to invest in a new generation of capabilities designed to restore U.S. military preeminence or overmatch. This effort [Read More...]
UAE Struggling to Build World Class Defense Industry? It was undoubtedly a busy and productive International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2017 for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At the five-day biennial global arms trade exhibition held in Abu Dhabi in February, the hosts signed 82 contracts worth [Read More...]
Five Reasons Trump Won’t Reverse The U.S. Military’s Long Decline (From Forbes) Donald Trump ran for the presidency promising that he would rebuild America’s military.  The joint force definitely needs renewal, but after 100 days in office, Trump doesn’t look like the leader who can accomplish it.  For starters, the military has [Read More...]
The Third Offset Strategy Is Already Being Realized In Europe And Asia (From RealClearDefense) Many capabilities for a credible third offset strategy already exist. The United States and a number of its NATO allies are acquiring the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The U.S. is deploying a set of advanced tactical and theater [Read More...]
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