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Defense Insiders Debate Timing Of Gates Departure All the talk a few months back about President Obama and defense secretary Robert Gates doing a mind-meld that would result in Gates staying on for four years is gone. The prevailing view now is that Gates will leave relatively [Read More...]
U.S. Military Needs Plan For Short-Range Rocket Threat The Times of London reported this week that the Hezbollah terrorist group has stockpiled 40,000 short-range rockets within range of Israel. Many of these are capable of hitting that country’s major urban centers. This report says that Hezbollah may even [Read More...]
Raytheon Could Win Big From Shipbuilding Plan The most frustrating experience Raytheon executives have had to deal with in recent years is the Navy’s decision to kill its next-generation DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer after only three vessels. Raytheon won the competition to build the ship’s electronic combat system, [Read More...]
Russian Sub Patrol Raises Serious Questions News outlets and web sites around the world yesterday reported the startling news that after a nearly twenty year hiatus a Russian attack submarine was conducting a combat patrol off the East Coast of the United States. During the last [Read More...]
QDR Notes Impact Of People Costs But Has No Solutions Quadrennial Defense Review insiders say all the participants understand that current trends in military pay and benefits are unsustainable, but no one has a solution. The basic problem is that the nation is trying to conduct big, protracted military operations [Read More...]
Longevity Of Missile Warning Satellites Unclear It is now nearly a year since the 23rd and last Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite failed in orbit.  DSP-23 was the most advanced in a series of satellites designed to detect ballistic missile launches anywhere in the world using [Read More...]
Speed Up Deployment Of Aegis Missile Defense On July 30, the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy conducted a successful test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (Aegis BMDS). A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA intercepted a target simulating a short range ballistic missile. This [Read More...]
Why Does O&M Spending Keep Going Up? The Pentagon has requested $277 billion in fiscal 2010 to fund operations and maintenance (O&M) activities in the regular military budget and overseas conflicts. That’s more than any other country spends on its entire military establishment, so you’d think pundits [Read More...]
The Army Needs A New Vehicle Strategy The U.S. Army deserves a lot of credit for the way it responded to defense secretary Gates’ decision to cancel the manned vehicle portion of the Future Combat System (FCS) program. Rather than seeing the decision as a defeat, the [Read More...]
Lockheed Littoral Combat Ship Picture Brightens The construction of Lockheed Martin’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was nobody’s idea of a smooth sail. Although the vessel performed well in sea trials, there were production setbacks, cost overruns and other problems — caused in part because construction [Read More...]
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