Paladin: What’s Right And Wrong With Army Modernization (From RealClearDefense) In 1963, the U.S. Army introduced the M109A1 155mm turreted self-propelled howitzer, called the Paladin. The Paladin has seen service in every American conflict from the Vietnam War to the present. It is currently the primary fire support system for [Read More...]
Combat Vehicle Fire Extinguishers Pose Threat To Service Members (From RealClearDefense) During the Cold War, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps installed highly pressurized Automatic Fire Extinguisher Systems in their tanks and troop carriers to protect crews from flash fires caused by incoming rounds.  After 9-11, the same systems were installed [Read More...]
Electronic Warfare: The Part Of The F-35 Fighter Story You Haven’t Heard (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter program was designed from its inception to evade detection by radar and heat-seeking missiles.  Combined with speed, agility and onboard weapons, these “stealth” features make the F-35 a highly survivable aircraft even in heavily contested air [Read More...]
Why America Needs A New Upper Stage Rocket More Than a Russian RD-180 Replacement (From The National Interest) Space launch vehicles usually require both first and upper stages to accelerate the spacecraft to speeds necessary to place payloads in their intended orbits. The workhorse of U.S. space launch is the Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V uses a [Read More...]
Building A Bigger Navy Means Buying Ships In Bulk (From RealClearDefense) While experts may differ as to the overall composition of the future U.S. Navy, they are nearly unanimous in their judgment that the Navy is too small to meet its current missions with the current number of ships. This means [Read More...]
Five Reasons The U.S. Army Must Modernize Faster To Avoid Catastrophe (From Forbes) The U.S. Army hates begging Congress for money, but its new management team has figured out that begging is a lot better than being unprepared when the next war begins.  So Army Secretary Mark Esper and Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy [Read More...]
The Trump National Security Strategy In One Word: Sovereignty (From RealClearDefense) The central animating principle of President Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) is American sovereignty. But the exercise and defense of national sovereignty under the banner of “America First” is not isolationist. Throughout his campaign for the Oval Office and [Read More...]
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...]
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