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New Plan Shows Air Force Gets It On Airborne ISR One of the most important lessons to emerge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the importance of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Increasingly, U.S. forces are dependent on information acquired by and relayed from airborne platforms. The [Read More...]
Is Europe Souring On Free Trade? Global security is about more than military matters, and this week there was a development on the trade front that may have security implications. European Union officials imposed preemptive penalties on imports of Chinese steel pipes to prevent harm to [Read More...]
QDR (IV): Ignoring The Lessons Of Iraq And Afghanistan? As the White House and the Pentagon shift attention from Iraq to Afghanistan, our civilian and military leaders must grapple with the realities of trying to establish security and stability in a land that has never known much of either. [Read More...]
Marines Facing Expeditionary Defeat In QDR Pentagon insiders know that a handful of Marine general officers such as Emo Gardner of the program analysis shop have a strong influence over the program views of defense secretary Robert Gates. However, the heavy Marine presence around Gates won’t [Read More...]
People Costs Squeezing Investment Out Of Pentagon Budget Congressional Research Service analyst Stephen Daggett had some stunning numbers about the rise in military personnel costs in testimony he gave earlier this year. In constant 2009 dollars, the cost of an average service member has risen from $55,000 per [Read More...]
QDR (III): Partnering Requires Streamlined Foreign Military Sales Process One of the Quadrennial Defense Review’s (QDR) central themes is the need to build partnership capacity. This means providing friends and allies with the capabilities and training needed to take greater responsibility for their own security. If senior defense leaders [Read More...]
Defense Workforce: Graying, Not Greening Clinton-era defense acquisition czar Jacques Gansler gave a presentation in mid-July demonstrating the benefits of public-private partnerships in bolstering efficiency. But he also demonstrated something else: if you want to work with the Pentagon’s civilian workforce, you better get used [Read More...]
QDR (II): Health Care Costs Hamper Gates Reforms Recognizing that the resource spigot will be closing, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) organized a special cost group to find ways of saving money. This group has identified runaway health care costs as a critical issue. During the Bush years [Read More...]
Joint Stars: Is Air Force Letting Down Soldiers? One reason defense secretary Robert Gates decided the Air Force needed a change of leaders last year was his perception the service was too slow in providing intelligence to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. His concern was mostly about [Read More...]
A Low-Cost Solution to Missile Defense N is for net-centric and the Air Force’s latest move to get ahead in the ballistic missile defense game depends on it. The Net Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE) is a modified AMRAAM air-to-air missile primed to chase and hit [Read More...]
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