Will Navy’s Next Generation Network Miss the Mark for Sailors and Marines? (From RealClearDefense) Later this year, the U.S. Navy intends to award a new contract to support and upgrade the world’s largest IT network. The current contract, called the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), involves some 400,000 computers and 800,000 users at 2,500 [Read More...]
Trump’s Embrace Of Space Force Could Transform How America Wages War (From Forbes) President Trump confounded his defense advisors this week by embracing the idea of a Space Force to manage military activities in space.  Not a space command or a space corps, but a Space Force.  The president may be on to [Read More...]
Mike Griffin, Pentagon’s New Tech Chief, Likely To Take A Hard Look At Military’s Space Launch Plans (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s new Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin, may be the most intellectually gifted public servant in the entire Trump administration.  What he is best known for, though, is his extensive background in space technology — most [Read More...]
Nuclear Burden-Sharing Dictates That Germany Acquire The F-35 (From Defense News) The sharing of responsibility for the storage and delivery of tactical nuclear weapons among member countries is a key aspect of NATO’s strategic deterrent. NATO’s arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons consists entirely of air-delivered B61 gravity bombs. Currently, in addition [Read More...]
The Army Needs To Buy Capability Today To Be Modern Tomorrow (From RealClearDefense) Processes are no substitute for production. The U.S. Army’s effort to reform the processes associated with its acquisition system, from requirements definition through investments in technology to engineering development and production, is moving forward. However, it is not clear that [Read More...]
How The Pentagon’s Space Program Cratered In The 1990s — And Why It’s Now In Danger Again (from Forbes) In the years after the Cold War ended, the Pentagon’s space program fell to its lowest ebb since the launch of Sputnik in 1957.  Most of the new orbital systems being developed for the military and the intelligence community went [Read More...]
The Jones Act Is Needed Now More Than Ever (From The National Interest) Almost one hundred years ago, the U.S. Congress sought to enhance the nation’s ability to provide and maintain a Navy by passing the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act places restrictions on [Read More...]
The Army’s Other Major Aviation Modernization Program (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army believes that future high-end conflicts will require aviation assets, particularly helicopters, which are long range, fast-moving and highly lethal. Future military helicopters will need to lift more weight, generate greater power and use less fuel. The Army [Read More...]
Biothreats Are Exploding. Firewalls and Fallout Shelters Won’t Help (From Forbes) Next month is the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918, which ultimately cost 50-100 million lives worldwide and reduced life expectancy in the U.S. by 12 years.  The most important reason to remember that devastating pandemic today [Read More...]
The Key To Success In Afghanistan Is Logistics (From RealClearDefense) A competent and sustainable Afghan security force is essential to the U.S. strategy of eventually transitioning security responsibilities to the Afghan government. For nearly two decades, the U.S. and its coalition partners have been struggling to help the government in [Read More...]
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