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Air Force Space Launch Plan Multiplies Risks But Won’t Meet Military Requirements (From Forbes) The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center is pushing ahead with a “launch service agreement” for future military missions in space that seems to be full of defects.  First, it requires prospective providers to develop a new heavy-lift rocket [Read More...]
The Power Of Amphibious Operations In The 21st Century (From RealClearDefense) To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of amphibious warfare have been greatly exaggerated. The rise of the anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threat has served to increase the value of amphibious forces. Forward deployed amphibious forces would be inside an [Read More...]
5 Reasons The Army’s New Battlefield Networking Strategy Won’t Work (From Forbes) The Army last week tried to lay out its “halt-fix-pivot” strategy for recasting how future battlefield communications should be organized.  It didn’t make much sense.  As Sydney Freedberg of Breaking Defense observed, there is a real danger that the Army [Read More...]
Exploiting Western Political And Economic Advantages In The Competition With Russia (From RealClearDefense) It is a mistake to view the current struggle between Russia and the Western allies primarily as a military competition. Certainly, in view of the Kremlin’s willingness to use force to resolve political conflicts along its periphery, attention must be [Read More...]
PenFed, #2 Federal Credit Union, Opens Command Center Focused On Military Customer Experience (From Forbes) The Pentagon Federal Credit Union has opened a new Availability Command Center to assure that the 100 million transactions it has with its members each month are secure and satisfying.  PenFed CEO James Schenck says he is aiming for “five [Read More...]
The Whole World – Not Just The U.S. – Is Moving To Secure Its Borders (From RealClearDefense) Insecure borders may do more harm than war to the institutions, practices, treaties, laws and norms that have sustained the present international order and supported global commerce. The nations of the world recognize that the policies and technologies that led [Read More...]
Good First Steps By The Army On Reforming The Acquisition System (From The National Interest) Just a month ago, the U.S. Army’s top leaders, Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, announced the most far-reaching reforms of the acquisition system in two generations. A new command will be [Read More...]
How A Decaying Surface Transport System Is Endangering U.S. Security And Economic Strength (From Forbes) President Eisenhower sold Congress on the need for an interstate highway system in part by highlighting its value to national defense.  Few people today, though, see the connection between a robust surface transport system and military preparedness.  That’s too bad, [Read More...]
North Korea Threat Likely To Spur Big Increase In Spending On Navy’s Aegis Missile Shield (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy’s Aegis combat system is headed for a major budget increase, thanks to the growing nuclear threat posed by North Korea.  The latest upgrade of Aegis is able to intercept 99% of the ballistic missiles in North Korea’s [Read More...]
U.S. & NATO Need An Arctic Strategy To Counter Russia (From RealClearDefense) Ever since Russia seized control of Crimea in late February 2014, the U.S.’ and NATO’s attention has been on the threats posed by Russian forces to the territorial integrity of the Alliance. For years, experts on Russia’s foreign and security [Read More...]
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