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...]
Gen. Milley Is Right: The U.S. Army Is On The Mend (From Defense News) Last month, in an appearance before the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley provided a notably upbeat assessment of the state of his service: “The Army is on the [Read More...]
Trump’s Korea Nuclear Deal Could Change the Focus of U.S. Missile Defense (From Forbes) North Korea probably will not give up its nuclear arsenal, but in the aftermath of the Singapore summit, it is worth considering what such an outcome might mean for the U.S. missile defense program.  If the North Korean nuclear threat [Read More...]
White House Preparing Bio-defense Strategy As Germ Warfare Fears Rise (From Forbes) Time was, the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” was almost synonymous with nuclear weapons.  Not in this White House, though.  The Trump Administration is so concerned about biological threats and global pandemics that the National Security Council staff is preparing [Read More...]
Trump Industrial Policy Likely To Target U.S. Commercial Shipbuilding & Merchant Fleet For Revival (From Forbes) Two-way trade between the U.S. and other countries totaled over $5 trillion last year. Most of it was transported by sea, but very little moved on American-built, American-operated or American-crewed vessels.  The U.S. shipbuilding and seaborne shipping industries have largely [Read More...]
The Army Needs To Get Serious About Modernizing THAAD (From RealClearDefense) Air and missile defense is one of the U.S. Army’s six modernization priorities. Based on current funding profiles, it is the number one priority, receiving about half the total funding the Army plans to spend on its priorities between 2020 [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Poised To Become One Of America’s Biggest Exports (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter has completed development and begun deploying overseas.  At least 11 foreign countries will buy it, and if it turns out anything like the F-16 it is replacing, the number of foreign buyers could eventually be twice [Read More...]
Will The Navy “Walk The Walk” On Acquisition Reform With NGEN-R? Today, everyone in the Department of Defense is talking about acquisition reform. Congress has instituted major changes to the way the Office of the Secretary of Defense is organized in order to improve its ability to rapidly identify, acquire and [Read More...]
Boeing Makes Its Case For Building The Air Force’s Hotly Contested T-X Trainer (From Forbes) The Air Force desperately needs a replacement for its 50-year-old T-38 training jets, which no longer are capable of adequately preparing pilots to fly frontline fighters.  The service is running a competition called T-X to find that replacement, and one [Read More...]
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