U.S. Army Could Build An Integrated Air And Missile Defense Now (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army has an ambitious program, called the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), which seeks to network the Army’s entire suite of air and missile defense systems: Patriot, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, Integrated Fire Protection and eventually short-range [Read More...]
Rocket Motors On Nuclear Missiles Become A Test Case For Trump Industrial Policy (From Forbes) The White House will soon release a comprehensive study of the defense industrial base that warns against letting domestic sources of vital military items shrink to a “single point of failure.”  However, that is precisely where the industrial base for [Read More...]
Navy’s Next Generation Network Will Not Meet Warfighters’ Needs (From RealClearDefense) The leadership of the U.S. Navy is virtually unanimous in identifying their networks as one of the linchpins for success in future high-end warfare. Admiral Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), recently expressed the view that “there are plenty of [Read More...]
Time Is Already Running Out On The U.S. Army’s Long-Delayed Modernization Surge (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is missing the opportunity that President Trump’s election has provided to thoroughly modernize its combat systems.  Rather than moving out quickly to accelerate the procurement of new weapons already in the pipeline, it is frittering away time [Read More...]
A Real Missile Gap Is Looming In Hypersonic Weapons (From The National Interest) A new “missile gap” is emerging, one that is based in fact. This is the disparity between the United States and its main competitors, Russia and China, in the field of hypersonic weapons systems. A hypersonic vehicle is one that [Read More...]
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg Has A Strategy That Will Work In Good Times And Bad (From Forbes) Boeing’s impressive earnings beat in the first quarter of 2018 reflects a company that is operating at the top of its game.  However, there is a lot more to the Boeing story than what is happening right now.  CEO Dennis [Read More...]
Modernizing NATO’s Nuclear Capabilities Must Outweigh Industrial Base Considerations (From RealClearDefense) Germany is a key player in NATO’s nuclear-sharing arrangements. In order to maintain this role, the Luftwaffe needs to acquire a nuclear-capable F-35 to replace its aging fleet of Tornado strike aircraft. The Russian threat is too dire and the [Read More...]
As Space War Looms, Air Force’s Biggest Weakness May Be How It Buys Satellites (From Forbes) Air Force leaders are expressing grave concern about recent Russian and Chinese initiatives aimed at negating America’s national-security space capabilities.  The satellite constellations on which the U.S. currently depends for communications, recon and warning of attack are not equipped to [Read More...]
Trump Drone Decree Signals Arms Exports Are Now A Key Feature Of U.S. Economic Policy (From Forbes) On April 19, the White House gave the defense industry long-sought relief from regulations limiting the export of drones.  A presidential memorandum loosened restrictions and committed the federal government to playing a more active role in promoting U.S. arms exports.   [Read More...]
Mega-Base: What Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Means For The Economy of Ohio (From Forbes) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio is the largest single-site employer in the Buckeye State and the center of Air Force innovation.  It is also a driver of regional growth, accounting for 14% of economic activity in the Dayton [Read More...]
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