- February 18, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How Do U.S. Soldiers Prepare For An Unpredictable Future? Army Leaders Have A Plan. (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army today is headed by an unusually thoughtful and experienced group of senior leaders. But they will need all of their skills to keep the Army’s campaign plan to win the future on track through the very difficult budgetary environment that likely lies ahead. Fortunately, the plan they have laid out is clear and convincing. It recognizes how [ Read More…]
- February 15, 2019
- Paul Steidler
- Canada’s Strong Stand to Fix International Postal System
Joins with US and 30 Countries to Overhaul Universal Postal Union An Interview with Pierre Morin of Canada Post Canada, like the United States, has major problems with the international postal system run by the Universal Postal Union. In Canada, as in the United States, it costs a fraction of what it does to obtain small packages (4.4 pounds or [ Read More…]
- February 13, 2019
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why 2019 Needs To Be The Year The U.S. Army Picks Up The Pace On A New Long-Range Assault Aircraft (From Forbes)
It has been decades since the U.S. Army fielded a genuinely new combat rotorcraft. During that time, aerospace technology has advanced by leaps and bounds while threats have changed dramatically. The Army needs to get moving on fielding new airframes, and the place it should start is with a replacement for the Black Hawk air assault aircraft. Black Hawks are [ Read More…]
- February 13, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Pentagon Continues To Move Forward On Transformative Cloud Contract (From RealClearDefense)
Sometimes, no news really is good news. This is the case with the Pentagon’s plan for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud program. Proposals from many of the big cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM – were delivered to the Department of Defense in early October 2018 with an award decision expected around April of this year. Despite efforts on several fronts to short-circuit the contracting process using protests, lawsuits and derogatory dossiers, the Pentagon has remained [ Read More…]
- February 11, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- F-35 Will Cost Less To Operate Than Older Fighters. Here’s Why Some Policymakers Don’t Get That. (From Forbes)
Having successfully completed the most extensive flight tests in history, the F-35 fighter is well on its way to setting the global standard for tactical air power. Nearly 500 of the planes in three different variants will be delivered by year’s end. But rather than commending program managers and contractors for an extraordinary accomplishment, critics have seamlessly transitioned to questioning how much it costs to operate the fighter. The new complaint is based less on real information that on the [ Read More…]
- February 11, 2019Kris Osborn
- Pentagon To Send Up-Gunned, Drone-Killing Strykers To Europe To Deter Russia (From Fox News)
The U.S. Army is strengthening its forces in Europe in response to a growing military threat from Russia. A key feature of that effort is deployment of a more lethal version of the Stryker armored troop carrier. Stryker provides troops with mobility and protection; now it will also deliver enhanced firepower. Lexington Institute senior fellow Kris Osborn has written a commentary about the Army’s Stryker initiative for Fox News that you can read here.
- February 8, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why the Navy Needs More Amphibious Assault Ships – Faster (From WarriorMaven)
U.S. amphibious warfare forces are this Nation’s first line of defense. They are a unique strategic and operational capability. The demand for amphibious warfare forces by Combatant Commanders routinely exceeds their availability. At present, the U.S. has 32 amphibious warfare ships of all classes. It needs, at a minimum, 38. To achieve this goal rapidly and efficiently, the Navy should move to acquire amphibious warfare ships the way it does aircraft carriers, submarines and other surface ships, by contracting for [ Read More…]
- February 6, 2019Paul Steidler
- Protect The Electric Grid From America’s Enemies (From InsideSources)
There have been several recent strong warnings about the dangers of cyberattacks on the electric grid along with positive defensive developments. Continued vigilance is imperative. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler has written a commentary for InsideSources about this topic here.
- February 6, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Army Plan To Delay Chinook Helicopter Upgrades May Have Big Jobs, Political Consequences (From Forbes)
The Army has decided to delay by five years upgrading its Chinook heavy helicopters to a planned Block II configuration. As a result, there will be a big gap in the production line at Boeing’s rotorcraft plant near Philadelphia, and nothing to fill it. Many hundreds of jobs are potentially at risk, and that’s before we even get to the subcontractors. By reducing the pace of work at the plant, the Army will assure that (1) the price of Chinooks [ Read More…]
- February 4, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Reasons The Navy’s D5 Missile Is The Most Important Weapon In The U.S. Arsenal (From Forbes)
The Navy’s Trident II D5 missile isn’t just a vital part of the nation’s nuclear triad, it is arguably the most important part. Enemies can target our bomber bases and missile silos in a surprise attack, but they can’t find ballistic missile submarines once they go beneath the waves. That means the D5 missiles carried on those subs are the most survivable part of the triad — the weapons that are assured of the capacity to retaliate, and thus are [ Read More…]
- January 31, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Army Artillery: Restoring The King Of Battle To Its Throne (From DefenseNews)
“God fights on the side with the best artillery,” said Napoleon Bonaparte. This aphorism appears as true today as it did almost three centuries ago. What has changed over the past several decades is the capability of Army fires, artillery and rockets vis-a-vis potential adversaries. Simply put, the U.S. Army is out-gunned and out-ranged. The leadership of the U.S. Army is responding to the challenge by expending significant effort and resources to close these capability gaps. Long-range precision fires is [ Read More…]
- January 31, 2019Kris Osborn
- Air Force May Expand, Speed Up Purchase Of F-35 Fighter Jets (From Fox News)
Although the Air Force is destined to eventually receive over two-thirds of the tri-service F-35 fighters destined for U.S. users, there is growing concern that its planes are being bought too slowly. Unless the current rate of production is accelerated, in 2030 half of the Air Force fighter fleet will still consist of non-stealthy aircraft developed during the Cold War. These legacy fighters would be much less likely to survive combat with a near-peer adversary than the F-35. So now [ Read More…]
- January 30, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Leading Aviation Service Provider AAR Corp Launches Campaign To Reverse Erosion Of Sector Workforce (From Forbes)
The nation’s leading independent provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services has launched a major initiative to attract more talent to the sector. Called the Eagle Pathways program, the initiative is aimed at facilitating access to technical careers in a field that will need 189,000 new specialists in North America over the next 20 years. AAR Corporation CEO John Holmes says the initiative is necessary because nearly a third of aircraft maintenance technicians are likely to retire in the [ Read More…]