Defense

How Concurrency In Building The F-35 Fighter Has Proven To Be A Big Plus (From Forbes) As the F-35 fighter program has gradually retired risk and proven its potential, critics have been forced to resort to increasingly arcane ideas to explain why the program supposedly was a bad idea.  Concurrency — the overlapping of development and [Read More...]
Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider Could Be A Revolutionary Light Helicopter (From Forbes) The U.S. Army has an urgent need for a next-generation armed reconnaissance helicopter, and Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky unit appears to have the solution.  It’s called the S-97 Raider, and it is so much more capable that the Army’s current fleet [Read More...]
The U.S. Navy Needs To Build More Attack Submarines (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Navy’s fleet of attack submarines, SSNs, is one of the most potent military platforms in the world. The problem for the submarine force is that the need for attack boats is rising precisely as the largest fraction of [Read More...]
Air Force Rationale For Killing J-Stars Radar Plane Replacement Isn’t Credible (From Forbes) Sometime this week, the U.S. Air Force will unveil its official rationale for killing a long-planned replacement of the J-Stars radar plane.  J-Stars is a unique warfighting asset that can track and image moving ground targets through clouds, dust or [Read More...]
Why Washington Is Certain To Find Canada’s Bombardier Guilty Of Trade Abuses Next Week (From Forbes) Federal regulators are expected to issue a preliminary finding next week concerning Boeing’s petition to slap hefty duties on U.S. imports of Montreal-based Bombardier’s C Series jetliners. There isn’t much doubt how the government will rule, because this is an [Read More...]
The U.S. Air Force’s Vital Role In Iraq And Afghanistan (From RealClearDefense) Despite being at war for the past 16 years, few Americans understand the extent of the U.S. Air Force’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is because available information is incomplete, highly technical, and frequently classified. With the reveal of [Read More...]
Why Foreign Military Sales Are Always Worth Less Than The Published Number (From Forbes) Arms sales to overseas partners are a major tool of U.S. foreign policy, but getting a clear picture of what deals are worth is not easy.  The number that usually gets cited in media accounts is the congressional notification figure, [Read More...]
To Defend Europe, NATO Must Deploy More and Better Armored Forces (From RealClearDefense) Just a few years ago, Western military leaders were all but certain that the era of the tank was over. As a result, they unwisely did away with the world’s foremost armored fighting force. But now Russia is back and [Read More...]
Getting The Most From The Army’s Humvee Fleet (From The National Interest) The tragedy of Hurricane Harvey provided a clear demonstration of the National Guard’s role in responding to natural disasters and domestic crises. The entire Texas Guard contingent has been deployed along with units from more than a dozen states. Nearby [Read More...]
Rocket Motors May Provide An Early Test Of Trump Industrial Policy — And Air Force Space Plans (From Forbes) In August, the Air Force awarded competing development contracts to Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the design of a successor to the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.  The program is crucial to maintaining America’s nuclear deterrent through mid-century, but the [Read More...]
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