Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works Is Cooking Up A Revolution In Drone Technology (From Forbes) Drones have become the signature combat system in America’s fight against terrorism.  On a typical day, the Air Force’s fleet of Predators and Reapers fly a thousand hours over places like Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, they can’t fly when the [Read More...]
Postal Trendwatch – May 2015 Click here to download the full report as PDF. Executive Summary The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost $754 million in Q1 FY 2015 despite an increase in revenue. The loss is more than double the agency’s $354 million deficit in [Read More...]
Top Pentagon Contractor BAE Systems Inc. Will Sell Most Service Lines, Focus On Tech (From Forbes) BAE Systems Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the world’s third-biggest military contractor, will sell services businesses generating $1.5 billion in sales annually so that it can focus almost exclusively on technology.  In an understated announcement from the parent company’s London [Read More...]
Teach for America a Strong Bet to Improve Chicago Student Achievement Of all of the strategies underway to improve student achievement in Chicago, leveraging the contributions of Teach for America’s teaching corps may prove the most valuable. Chicago’s students have shown modest overall gains in achievement in recent years, but progress [Read More...]
How to Help Charter Schools – And Virginia Kids Richmond Times-Dispatch Following Governor McAuliffe’s announcement last month that his administration would not appeal the court ruling that Virginia’s fledgling Opportunity Education Institution (OEI) is unconstitutional, advocates for public charter schools in the commonwealth will need to look elsewhere for [Read More...]
Celebrating History We Don’t Remember New York Post From the first hot dog to the last firework bursting over the East River, this year’s Independence Day celebrations will again demonstrate our collective pride in our nation, its traditions and its history. Too bad ever fewer [Read More...]
Iraq Crisis: Six Reasons Why America’s Military Should Not Re-Engage (From Forbes) The rapid advance and gross brutality of Sunni extremists in northwestern Iraq has convinced many that Washington should take military action to save the government in Baghdad.  However, there are compelling reasons for not re-engaging.  First, the military situation is [Read More...]
Sequestration Could Break The Air Force First It is one thing to look for ways of reducing defense spending as part of an overall program to rein in the size and cost of government. It is quite another to do so in such a maladroit and downright [Read More...]
The Army Bets Big On The Future And On Its Soldiers The U.S. Army has withstood a barrage of criticism from defense experts over the past ten years or even twenty years, including from me. The central thrust of these criticisms has been the Army’s difficulty in adapting to changes in [Read More...]
WHEN IS A SAFE SCHOOL NOT A SAFE SCHOOL? Issue Brief Can you name a school you would describe as “persistently dangerous?” You might think so, but according to official education statistics, there are only 38 persistently dangerous public schools in the United States, and these occur only in [Read More...]
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