Speech: Trump’s Nuclear Posture Affirms Obama Framework The following remarks were delivered by Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson to a deterrence forum sponsored by the Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance in Washington on January 31.   The number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile today is at its [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin’s F-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter is Becoming a Key Missile Defense Sensor (From The National Interest) Airpower enthusiasts have long promised that the introduction of fifth generation combat aircraft, particularly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is finally fielded in numbers, will change the nature of air warfare. The F-35’s combination of stealth, maneuverability, [Read More...]
Trump Nuclear Plan Requires Big Fixes In Decaying Warhead Industrial Complex (From Forbes) The nuclear posture to be proposed by the Trump administration hews closely to principles embraced by the president’s predecessor.  However, building the kind of capabilities planned during the Obama era will require a major renewal of the energy department’s neglected [Read More...]
How UTC’s Pratt & Whitney Has Made Connecticut A Springboard To Global Dominance In Jet Engines (From Forbes) Connecticut is nobody’s idea of a great place to run an industrial enterprise, but United Technologies’ engine unit Pratt & Whitney is managing to leverage the state’s virtues without being dragged down by its high taxes and burdensome regulations.  One [Read More...]
Army’s Acquisition Reform Must Be Even Bolder (From RealClearDefense) The Army’s leadership has taken a number of bold steps to reform its sclerotic acquisition system. Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley have set very ambitious goals for a revamped acquisition system. Secretary Esper has [Read More...]
Six Former Senior Commanders Endorse JSTARS Recapitalization Six former Senior Commanders signed a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis on E-8C JSTARS recapitalization. JSTARS is a unique ground moving-target tracking capability that can monitor up to 600 targets simultaneously, day or night, through dust, clouds or [Read More...]
Trump’s Nuclear Strategy Is Basically The Same As Obama’s (From Forbes) A draft version of the final report from the Trump administration’s nuclear posture review was published by the Huffington Post on January 11, and it reveals that U.S. strategic plans will change barely at all from what the president’s predecessor [Read More...]
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...]
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