Five Reasons The Army Must Keep Modernizing Today’s Weapons While It Tries To Leap Ahead (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is finally getting enough money to fund an adequate modernization program.  Army leaders have big plans for how they will build a more lethal, survivable and mobile force.  However, it would be a big mistake to try [Read More...]
Drones Will Surpass IED Threat In Future Conflicts (From RealClearDefense) The weapon system that personified the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and shaped the behavior of the U.S. military for almost fifteen years was the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). IEDs were responsible for approximately two-thirds of U.S. and Coalition casualties [Read More...]
Textron’s Scorpion Jet: Disruptive Technology, Disruptive Business Model (From Forbes) Textron’s Scorpion armed recon jet is unique.  There’s no other plane like it in the world — which in a way is why the company developed it.  After conducting a market survey at the beginning of the decade, Providence, RI-based [Read More...]
Cyber Assault On Electric Grid Could Make U.S. Feel Like Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico (From Forbes) If a mass power outage were to result from a successful cyberattack on the electric grid, national security and economic stability would be threatened. This is because hospitals, banks, factories, pipelines, financial networks, water systems, telecommunications and military bases would [Read More...]
U-2 Versus Global Hawk: Why Drones Aren’t Always The Best Solution For Warfighters (From Forbes) The Air Force has been struggling of late to determine whether manned or unmanned aircraft are best-suited to generating useful high-altitude intelligence and recon.  The answer isn’t so obvious.  On the one hand, the service’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft can [Read More...]
Boeing Views Navy’s MQ-25 Carrier-Based Drone Contract As A Must Win (from Forbes) After two decades of experimenting with how unmanned aircraft might fit into a carrier air wing, the Navy has settled on a concept: it wants an aerial-refueling drone that can extend the reach of carrier-based fighters to 1000 nautical miles.   [Read More...]
Speech: Trump’s Nuclear Posture Affirms Obama Framework The following remarks were delivered by Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson to a deterrence forum sponsored by the Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance in Washington on January 31.   The number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile today is at its [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin’s F-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter is Becoming a Key Missile Defense Sensor (From The National Interest) Airpower enthusiasts have long promised that the introduction of fifth generation combat aircraft, particularly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is finally fielded in numbers, will change the nature of air warfare. The F-35’s combination of stealth, maneuverability, [Read More...]
Trump Nuclear Plan Requires Big Fixes In Decaying Warhead Industrial Complex (From Forbes) The nuclear posture to be proposed by the Trump administration hews closely to principles embraced by the president’s predecessor.  However, building the kind of capabilities planned during the Obama era will require a major renewal of the energy department’s neglected [Read More...]
How UTC’s Pratt & Whitney Has Made Connecticut A Springboard To Global Dominance In Jet Engines (From Forbes) Connecticut is nobody’s idea of a great place to run an industrial enterprise, but United Technologies’ engine unit Pratt & Whitney is managing to leverage the state’s virtues without being dragged down by its high taxes and burdensome regulations.  One [Read More...]
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