F-35 Ascending: The Pentagon’s Biggest Program Had Its Best Year Ever In 2017 (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter program is wrapping up 2017 in better shape than it has ever been before.  Deliveries to three U.S. military services and overseas allies are up 43% from last year, and expected to continue rising steadily in [Read More...]
Will Proposed Reforms Really Make Army Acquisition Faster? (From The National Interest) The Army’s set of five interlocking reforms will make its acquisition system faster and more efficient. Just by using CFTs it hopes to reduce the time needed to develop requirements from 60 or more months to 12 or less. The [Read More...]
Memo To Senate Banking Committee: Ex-Im Bank Needs A Leader Who Believes In The Mission (From Forbes) Next Tuesday the Senate Banking Committee will vote on five nominees to the Export-Import Bank’s board.  Four of the nominees deserve to be supported.  The fifth, former New Jersey congressman Scott Garrett, should be rejected.  For some inexplicable reason, the [Read More...]
The Army’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Program Needs A Cross Functional Team (From The National Interest) The leadership of the U.S. Army is on a mission to radically alter the way it does acquisition and sustainment. To that end, it has created eight pilot cross functional teams (CFTs) to improve the speed and effectiveness of the [Read More...]
Trump Drone War Against Al Qaeda Paying Dividends (From RealClearDefense) In 2016, the Obama administration described AQAP as “the most active and dangerous affiliate of al-Qaeda today.” Since taking office, Trump had made his counter terrorism strategy one of his top priorities. As his first year in office comes to [Read More...]
How Quantitative Analysis Of Big Data Could Address The Hard Intelligence Problem Understanding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its capabilities, plans and intentions, has always been a particularly difficult challenge for outside observers, including Western intelligence agencies. Access to the country is limited. Information is tightly controlled. The regime has [Read More...]
The Next Revolution In Military Affairs: Multi-Domain Command And Control (From RealClearDefense) A Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is a theory about the evolution of warfare over time. An RMA is based on the marriage of new technologies with organizational reforms and innovative concepts of operations. A still new RMA could be [Read More...]
Iconic B-52 Bomber Epitomizes Air Power — And The Way Weapons Ought To Be Bought (From Forbes) The U.S. Air Force is planning to install new engines on the B-52 bomber, arguably the most iconic airframe in the history of aviation.  It might seem a little late in the game to be putting new propulsion systems on [Read More...]
Three Things South Korea Needs In Order To Better Defend Itself (From The National Interest) Even if current international efforts to eliminate North Korea’s growing arsenal of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles succeed, the Republic of South Korea (ROK) will face a massive conventional threat from across the demilitarized zone. If these efforts are [Read More...]
Reagan National Defense Forum – Peace Through Strength (From RealClearDefense) The annual Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) will be held this weekend at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. This is the first meeting in the Trump era. Hence, it will serve as something of a barometer of [Read More...]
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