Winning the Great Power Competition: Better Logistics And Sustainment (From RealClearDefense) Logistics and sustainment are what makes the difference between a military that can fight and win wars and one-trick ponies that give out as soon as they have to operate beyond their immediate support facilities. This is an area in [Read More...]
Why Trillion-Dollar Estimates To Keep The F-35 Fighter Flying Are Really Misleading (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter is wrapping up a very successful development program.  All key performance requirements have been met, the cost of each variant is coming down, and the fighter wins every overseas sales competition in which it is entered.   [Read More...]
To Support Africa, Build Infrastructure (From RealClearDefense) The African continent is a rapidly growing market. Foreign direct investment (FDI) patterns are steady, if not growing, as countries around the world invest in Africa. However, the U.S. is woefully behind. This is due in large part to [Read More...]
Russia Attacked The U.S. Power Grid For Two Years. Now What? (From RealClearEnergy) The Trump administration has accused Russia of a two-year cyberattack campaign against the U.S. electric grid. This is the first time the U.S. has openly accused Moscow of threatening America’s energy infrastructure. And it demonstrates why the grid must be [Read More...]
5 Reasons Congress Surprised The Satellite Industry By Adding Military Satcoms In The 2018 Budget (From Forbes) Congressional appropriators surprised the satellite industry by adding two more Boeing Wideband Global Satcom satellites to their omnibus spending measure last month.  Commercial satellite operators aren’t happy, because the move will make it more difficult for them to increase their [Read More...]
Slow Ride: U.S. Army Won’t Begin Replacing Cold War Helicopters Until After 2030 (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is talking a lot these days about speeding up the way it buys weapons, but you’d never know that to look at its plan for modernizing combat helicopters.  All three of the core rotorcraft operated by Army [Read More...]
The U.S. Army Needs Modernized Humvees (From The National Interest) Today, the Army has over 100,000 Humvees spread across the Active and Reserve Components. The Army’s long-term tactical wheeled vehicle strategy envisions replacing about half of the Humvee fleet with Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) at a cost of approximately [Read More...]
Trump Defense Budget Gives Boeing’s Super Hornet Fighter A Big Boost (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy is leveraging increased military spending from the Trump administration to launch a multifaceted modernization effort for its F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighters.  Eventually all of the Super Hornets on carrier decks, both newly-built and previously-fielded, will be [Read More...]
What The U.S. Navy’s Supercarriers Give America That No Other Nation Has (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy operates 11 large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that are the biggest warships ever built.  They are often called “supercarriers” because of their lethality, survivability and versatility.  Although they are the signature warfighting machines of the joint force, however, [Read More...]
The Army Needs To Go Big With Futures Command (From RealClearDefense) This is how the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) website is introducing its Global Force Symposium and Exposition to be held March 26 to 28 in Huntsville, Alabama. According to AUSA, “the Army will use the Global Force [Read More...]
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