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Pratt & Whitney Finds Fixes For India’s Geared Turbofans As Engine Production Ramps Up (From Forbes) Pratt & Whitney’s breakthrough geared turbofan engine has encountered some modest turbulence during its introduction into the Indian market, thanks to premature wear on two engine parts.  Because the parts need to be replaced in repair shops and there aren’t [Read More...]
Rethinking Radar Plane Recap: Will The Air Force Let The Army Down Again? (From Forbes) After spending $265 million developing a replacement for the vital Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System — JSTARS — Air Force leaders suddenly have decided to rethink the whole effort. They want to do yet another analysis of alternatives [Read More...]
America’s Homeland Missile Defense System Is Much More Effective Than Critics Claim (From Forbes) As the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program to the U.S. homeland increases, critics of missile defense are dredging up outdated arguments about why Washington can’t protect the public.  They say that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, which was conceived [Read More...]
Easing The Pacific Fleet’s ISR Burden (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Seventh Fleet has a yawning gap in its reconnaissance capabilities.  It can’t see many types of surface threats in sufficient detail to track and target them without putting U.S. warfighters at risk.  What it needs is an airborne  [Read More...]
How The Air Force’s New KC-46 Tanker Could Become A Hundred-Year Franchise For Boeing (From Forbes) In 2011, Boeing won a contract from the Air Force to develop a next-generation aerial refueling tanker subsequently designated the KC-46 Pegasus.  With most of the developmental risk now retired, the program is turning into a smashing success.  The Government [Read More...]
Why the Landing Craft Air Cushion is Crucial to the U.S. Marines’ Amphibious Operations (From The National Interest) For the foreseeable future, in order to get significant forces from ship-to-shore the Marine Corps will rely on the Navy’s fleet of specialized vessels, the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). First deployed in 1984, the LCAC revolutionized amphibious operations. The [Read More...]
A-29 Super Tucano – A Force Multiplier in COIN (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Air Force recognized the need to rebuild an Afghan Air Force (AAF) and provide it with a Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft suited to both that country’s operational environment and its limited financial, technical and human resources. The [Read More...]
A Dozen Reasons Why Small Aircraft Carriers Don’t Make Much Sense (from Forbes) As the Navy begins transitioning from its Nimitz-class aircraft carriers to the more capable Ford class, some critics are reviving an old debate about the supposed virtues of smaller carriers.  Like Nimitz, the Ford class displaces about 100,000 tons of [Read More...]
Air Force’s New ICBM Plans Could Damage Defense Industrial Base (From RealClearDefense) The United States is not currently producing and deploying any new strategic nuclear delivery systems. There are programs in development for a new bomber, the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman ICBM and a new ballistic missile submarine. [Read More...]
Back On A War Footing: Five Capabilities The Army Must Have In A Decade (From Army Magazine) The U.S. Army is rethinking its warfighting priorities in light of new threats posed by Russia and other potential near-peer enemies.  There isn’t much that the service can do in the near term to alter the balance of forces in [Read More...]
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