- July 28, 2021Paul Steidler
- Attorneys General and the Postal Service’s Expected September 1 Mail Slowdown
Barring intervention by state Attorneys General (AGs) by September 1, mail delivery in the United States will soon take longer than it has in 50 years and slow even further. This will be particularly burdensome to senior citizens, the disabled, and rural Americans. As part of its 10-year strategic plan, the U.S. Postal Service wants to slow mail delivery on [ Read More…]
- July 27, 2021
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How The Air Force’s LRSO Missile Could Prevent A Crisis From Escalating To Nuclear Annihilation (From Forbes)
On July 1 the Air Force awarded a contract to Raytheon Technologies for development of a new air-launched nuclear system called the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon. LRSO will replace the aged cruise missiles currently carried on U.S. bombers with a munition that is much more likely to penetrate future enemy defenses. It will also extend the range of bombers [ Read More…]
- July 27, 2021
- Sarah White, M.A.
- Russian Encroachment In Eastern Europe Drove Poland’s Purchase Of Abrams Tank (From RealClearDefense)
This month, the sale of 250 U.S.-produced Abrams tanks to Poland was officially announced. The sale, valued at USD $5.9 billion, is positive news for Polish national security. Though it had already purchased the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), the Patriot air defense system, and the coveted F-35 fighter from the U.S., Poland’s acquisition of the M1—technically the M1A2 [ Read More…]
- July 23, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- U.S. Shipbuilding Is At Its Lowest Ebb Ever. How Did America Fall So Far? (From Forbes)
There was a time within living memory when America was the world’s biggest builder of commercial oceangoing vessels, and its ships carried a third of global trade. Those days are long gone. The U.S. now typically produces less than ten such vessels annually, compared with over a thousand in China. And barely one-percent of U.S. trade is carried on U.S.-registered ships. The U.S.-flagged commercial fleet consists of less than 200 oceangoing vessels, in a global fleet of 44,000 vessels. As [ Read More…]
- July 23, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Light Amphibious Warship: A Mistake For The U.S. Marine Corps And Navy? (From 1945)
The Marine Corps and Navy are moving aggressively to redefine how they will conduct amphibious operations and reshape their fleets of amphibious warships. Perhaps they are moving too fast. The Sea Services are conducting wargames, exercises, and experiments to validate a radically new approach to amphibious operations. However, the Navy has already awarded concept design studies for a new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) and plans to procure the first of this new class in FY2023. The trouble with this acquisition [ Read More…]
- July 20, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why We Know F-35 Support Costs Will Fall In The Future (From Forbes)
The Government Accountability Office put out a report earlier this month purporting to show that the F-35 fighter costs more to operate and sustain than U.S. military services can afford to pay. Somehow, though, the report failed to mention that F-35 is already more reliable and maintainable than the aircraft it will be replacing–not to mention more effective at executing key missions. This is just the latest in a long series of GAO products criticizing the most successful military aircraft [ Read More…]
- July 19, 2021Paul Steidler
- Congress Should Not Interfere With Mail Truck Purchases (From Trucks.com)
The U.S. Postal Service is in dire need of a clean, modern, and customized mail truck fleet and after rigorous and careful study has a sensible plan to get there. But Congress could mess this up and create additional problems by demanding an all-electric, non-emitting fleet as soon as possible while also imposing huge mandates on USPS which will needlessly cost the American people billions. Congressional interference will have far ranging negative consequences including higher costs, a dirtier fleet, and [ Read More…]
- July 19, 2021Jackson Goon
- Maximizing Clean Electricity Production Using Nuclear Energy
The United States’ reentry to the Paris Climate Change Agreement on February 19, 2021 pledged the U.S. to reduce its emissions by more than it is currently projected to achieve. The solution to this dilemma is to embrace nuclear power. Despite being an effective source of clean energy, nuclear power currently makes up less than 20% of the United States’ total electricity production. There is room to expand nuclear energy production, which will help meet the Paris Climate Change Agreement [ Read More…]
- July 15, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why The Air Force’s “Bridge Tanker” Will Likely Be A Bridge To Nowhere For Airbus (From Forbes)
The U.S. Air Force wants to buy 140-160 commercial derivative tankers following completion of the present KC-46 production run in 2029. The effort is called a bridge tanker because it is the transition to a next-generation aerial refueler. Boeing and Airbus are both are likely to bid, in a replay of the competition that Boeing won ten years ago. There isn’t much reason to expect it will go differently this time since they are bidding the same basic airframes. The [ Read More…]
- July 13, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Cancelling JEDI Contract May Not Solve DoD’s Cloud Migration Woes (From 1945)
The Department of Defense (DoD) has mercifully put the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) out of its misery. Along with the announcement of JEDI’s cancelation, the Pentagon said that it would begin the process of implementing a new, enterprise-wide cloud. However, unlike JEDI, which the Department argued had to be a single award to ensure efficiency and security, the new contract, known as the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC), will be what is called an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award with multiple vendors [ Read More…]
- July 12, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Navy Needs To Acquire A Lot More Arleigh Burke Destroyers Now
The U.S. Navy is facing a crisis: it is too small to meet the operational requirements being imposed on it. Furthermore, in terms of overall capacity, it is falling behind China, which is building warships and submarines at a prodigious rate. If the Biden administration and Congress want to help the Navy build up the fleet while mitigating the risk of a delay in planned new shipbuilding programs, they need to fund a new multi-year procurement for the advanced DDG-51 [ Read More…]
- July 12, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Biden’s Competition Order Bolsters The Case For A Lockheed-Aerojet Merger (From Forbes)
President Biden’s executive order promoting competition by halting the trend toward market concentration is not a blanket prohibition on corporate mergers. In some cases, mergers are necessary to prevent key market segments from consolidating to monopoly. A case in point is the rocket motor business, where dominant player Northrop Grumman could force its sole major competitor, Aerojet Rocketdyne, out of the large solid rocket motor market. This process was already well under way before the Federal Trade Commission allowed Northrop [ Read More…]
- July 5, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Providing Poland With The M1 Abrams Would Help Secure NATO’s Eastern Flank (From The National Interest)
The 2021 NATO summit put members on the record that they would build a flexible, agile, and resilient force architecture “with the right forces in the right place at the right time.” U.S. and NATO forces along the eastern flank facing Russia are the equivalent of the stand-in force Commandant David Berger envisions for the U.S. Marine Corps. They will be operating from the start of a conflict within the engagement zones of Russian long-range anti-access and area denial capabilities. [ Read More…]