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President Obama’s Job Approval Rating And Defense Spending A continued steep fall in President Obama’s job approval rating could have a dramatic impact on current defense spending and warfighting plans. But a careful look at the president’s position in current polls brings back the old adage about Russia: [Read More...]
Nuclear Weapons Industrial Base Needs Attention President Obama is not the first or only Chief Executive to support in principle the idea of a nuclear-free world. But his Administration has clearly put the process on a fast track with an agreement between Washington and Moscow to [Read More...]
UCAS Delay Could Be Only The Beginning Aerospace Daily reports the Navy has delayed the first flight of its Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) in order to investigate “anomalies” in the system’s performance. The current delay probably won’t last long, but the program is facing the prospect [Read More...]
Has President Obama Targeted The Defense Sector? A lot of workers and managers in the defense sector are reeling this summer from the fast, deep cuts the Obama administration has undertaken on a range of military platforms and programs. But they should not feel too lonely. In [Read More...]
The Secret Mission That Makes Subs Indispensible The Pentagon has begun building its fiscal 2011 budget request, which will be sent to the Congress next February. 2011 is the year that production of the Virginia-class attack submarine — the only class of subs the U.S. is currently [Read More...]
Pay Attention To The Arctic Region Climate change is being felt everywhere but possibly with no more significant strategic impacts than in the Arctic region. Global warming is melting portions of the polar ice cap, opening up new maritime transportation routes and creating new opportunities to [Read More...]
The Lurking Fear Behind Air Force Changes According to QDR insiders, Air Force leaders are pushing ahead with plans to buy a small fleet of propeller-driven planes for irregular warfare. The planes are better suited than jets to some tactical applications, and easier for unsophisticated partners like [Read More...]
The Military Needs More Non-Lethal Capabilities One of the most important lessons of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan is the danger posed by the excessive use of force not just for U.S. troops on the ground but to the overall strategy for defeating the insurgency. [Read More...]
Succession Question: Who Follows Gates? With Pentagon insiders taking bets on when defense secretary Robert Gates will depart public service (see my posting of August 7), some observers have started to handicap the field of potential successors. It isn’t a very big group. Some of [Read More...]
Army Struggles To Preserve Core Of FCS Program Although the Army has officially terminated its massive Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, the real situation is a bit more complicated. It still wants to build the System of Systems Common Operating Environment network that was to be the glue [Read More...]
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