Defense

The Big Opportunities For Boeing Hidden In The Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker Program (from Forbes) When Boeing won the contract to build the Air Force’s next-generation KC-46 tanker in 2011, its focus was almost entirely on developing a game-changing aerial refueler. With the Air Force’s announcement last week that it will begin taking deliveries of [Read More...]
DoD’s Move To The Cloud Is Critical To Operate At The ‘Speed of Relevance’ (From RealClearDefense) Secretary of Defense James Mattis makes a point of the need to accelerate the pace at which weapons systems, military organizations and concepts of operations evolve to meet future threats. He calls this “the speed of relevance.” Operating at this [Read More...]
Addressing NATO’s Near-Term Capability Gaps Executive Summary Click here to read the full report as a PDF. For the first time in more than a generation, NATO must confront the possibility of major conventional conflict with Russia. This has completely overturned NATO’s defense strategy as [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Marine Corps Is The Future Of U.S. Ground Combat (From Forbes) After many years of fighting the global war on terror, the Marine Corps is returning to its roots as a naval expeditionary force focused on maneuver warfare and amphibious operations.  Its timing is exquisite, because Marine competencies look well suited [Read More...]
Marine Corps’ New ‘Holy Grail’ of ACVs: A Big Step Forward (From RealClearDefense) With its decision to acquire the BAE Systens version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), the U.S. Marine Corps took a big step forward in building a force for the 21st Century. This is one in a series of procurement [Read More...]
Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Motivated By Russian, Chinese Threats To Critical U.S. Orbital Systems (From Forbes) President Trump announced today that he has directed the military to establish a sixth branch for conducting operations in space.  The plan is a surprise, but it is arguably timely because Russian and Chinese threats to critical U.S. orbital assets [Read More...]
Invisible Scourge: The Danger of Chemical or Biological Attack on America is Growing Fast EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to read the full report as a PDF. The danger of a chemical or biological attack against the U.S. homeland is growing.  In the case of chemical threats, thousands of sites around the world manufacture precursors [Read More...]
VIDEOS: CAPITOL HILL EVENT – Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid – 6.8.18 The Lexington Institute hosted a Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum on Friday, June 8th at 12pm. Click on the links below to view the speech given by each speaker.   Speakers: Mr. Bryson Bort, Founder and Chief [Read More...]
Lockheed, Pratt Disclose F-35 Cost-Cutting Moves As Air Force Secretary Presses For Economies (From Forbes) The Air Force will be absorbing 72% of the F-35 fighter domestic production run, so Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is pressing contractors to reduce costs — not just for building the plane, but for operating it once it is [Read More...]
The Army Must Balance Expensive Modernization with Lower Cost Upgrades (From The National Interest) The current defense budget environment is different from previous eras. While resources are available, the Department of Defense must both introduce new, even revolutionary, capabilities in order to re-establish overmatch vis-à-vis global competitors and replace entire fleets of support aircraft [Read More...]
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