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Chairman Thornberry Sets The Right Tone For HASC In his out-of-the-blocks public statement as the newly minted chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) charted a compelling path to the future for his committee. Most of the Washington buzz about how the new, [Read More...]
What If ISIS Wins? (From Forbes) Conflict in the Middle East is so confusing that it’s easy to miss the big picture.  What’s really happening is that one by one the Arab states in the region are failing, and the borders drawn by Europeans a century [Read More...]
How A Traumatic Tanker Competition Will Shape The Air Force’s Selection Of Its Next Bomber (From Forbes) Sometime later this year, the U.S. Air Force will announce which of two industry teams headed by Boeing and Northrop Grumman has been selected to build its next bomber. If you want to understand how it will go about making [Read More...]
Crisis In Yemen Underscores Value Of ARG/MEU If Yemen is an example of a successful U.S. counter-terrorism operation, as President Obama once claimed, what would failure look like? Not only is this country the quintessential failed state, it is the home base of one of the worst [Read More...]
V-22 Osprey: Navy Looks Poised To Hand Textron and Boeing A Big Victory (From Forbes) The respected web-site BreakingDefense.com reported on January 13 that the Navy has selected the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor as its future airframe for delivering time-sensitive cargo and personnel to aircraft carriers, beating out a modernized version of the venerable C-2A Greyhound.  [Read More...]
Intensifying Cyber Attacks Just The Beginning Cyber attacks on Western targets are coming faster and having more serious effects. We have gone in a period of months from massive data thefts at Home Depot and Target to the assault on Sony pictures to, most recently, the [Read More...]
A Doomsday Plane Reminder: Nuclear Weapons Haven’t Gone Away (From Forbes) Insidedefense.com reports this week that the Pentagon is seeking congressional approval for communications upgrades on the Air Force’s fleet of four E-4B flying command posts — widely known as “doomsday planes.” These are the airborne nerve centers from which a [Read More...]
The Army’s Repivot To Europe While the Obama Administration’s national security lens is firmly fixed on Asia and, to a lesser extent, the Middle East, the security situation in Europe grows increasingly dire. Russia continues to attempt to destabilize large swathes of Eastern Europe. The [Read More...]
Bill Fallon RIP The defense community, conservative movement, and nation lost a good friend over the holidays. Willard “Bill” Fallon was a great man; an Army helicopter pilot and intelligence officer, successful Capitol Hill aide and corporate strategist. Bill grew up on a [Read More...]
Army Nearing Decision On Who Will Protect Helicopters Against Heat-Seeking Missiles (From Forbes) The biggest threat to U.S. military helicopters flying in combat zones today is heat-seeking missiles.  The missiles have proliferated worldwide to a point where U.S. warfighters must assume enemies will have them, and newer versions are able to distinguish between [Read More...]
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