- September 17, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Lockheed Martin Forecasts 40% Reduction In F-35 Sustainment Costs Over Five Years (From Forbes)
On September 13, the F-35 Joint Program Office awarded prime contractor Lockheed Martin a three-year contract for sustainment of the fighter. Lockheed will provide maintenance, training, supply chain management and fleet analytics. The company expects to reduce its portion of F-35 sustainment costs by 40% over the next five years. That is not an unrealistic goal–it has reduced costs by [ Read More…]
- September 16, 2021
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Can The U.S. Army Transform Without A New Approach To Warfare? (From Breaking Defense)
The Army is proceeding full speed ahead with its modernization efforts, the so-called 31+4. Over the next few years, the Army says it will achieve initial fielding of capabilities from at least 22 of the 35 programs. These include a hypersonic missile, several long-range precision strike weapons, enhanced soldier vision systems, tactical lasers, and artificial intelligence. Military history would suggest [ Read More…]
- September 16, 2021
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The F-35 Could Be The Dominant Fighter For The Rest Of The Century (From RealClearDefense)
The Department of Defense (DoD) has maintained its technological preeminence and military dominance for nearly a century based largely on its ability to continually upgrade and modernize existing systems. Examples include the B-52, F-15 and -16 fighters and the M1 Abrams main battle tank. Much of the current U.S. force structure is based around capabilities first developed decades ago. Current [ Read More…]
- September 14, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Nothing Can Replace Large-Deck, Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers In U.S. Strategy (From Forbes)
The United States is the only nation that operates a fleet of large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers–eleven in all. They are the signature expression of American military power, and by far the most powerful conventional warfighting system ever conceived. Unfortunately, much of the public never hears the details of why carriers are indispensable in U.S. strategy. If the rationale for today’s carrier fleet were distilled down to five features, they would likely be these: unique warfighting capacity, unique endurance in combat [ Read More…]
- September 13, 2021Sarah White, M.A.
- Virginia-Class Submarine: A Vital Weapon To Counter Russia In Mediterranean (From 1945)
This June, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico finished interoperability training with Navy SEALs in the Mediterranean Sea. The locations of these submarines are rarely confirmed because their missions are so secretive. The Navy seldom reveals any details of their operations. However, it is safe to assume that at least one Virginia-class sub is deployed in the Mediterranean at any given time. The Virginia class is a nuclear-powered attack submarine. Unlike the U.S. Navy’s other submarines—ballistic missile subs and cruise missile carriers—the Virginia [ Read More…]
- September 12, 2021Paul Steidler
- Use Data Analytics In The War On Opioids (From InsideSources)
Opioid deaths have spiked by 49 percent since 2018, with 69,710 Americans killed by opioids in 2020. Much needs to be done. While U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been intercepting and seizing much larger amounts of fentanyl at the Mexican border, little has been done to stem the influx of deadly, illegal opioids that enter the U.S. through the international mail system. By aggressively deploying data analytics and rigorously enforcing the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act (STOP [ Read More…]
- September 10, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why America’s Retreat From Afghanistan Reinforces The Case For Foreign Arms Sales (From Forbes)
The evacuation of U.S. personnel from Afghanistan is not the only time in recent history when Washington has given up on a fight and left locals in the lurch. It happened in Saigon in 1975, in Beirut in 1983, in Mogadishu in 1993, and, arguably, in Syria in 2019. Some foreign capitals are connecting these dots to conclude Washington is not reliable when the chips are down. Against that backdrop, selling weapons so countries can defend themselves may be the [ Read More…]
- September 7, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Factors That Should Drive The FTC’s Assessment Of A Lockheed-Aerojet Merger (From Forbes)
The Federal Trade Commission appears to be wrapping up its analysis of Lockheed Martin’s proposed merger with Aerojet Rocketdyne. Every merger is unique, but this transaction may be more unusual than most given the players and products involved. Here are five considerations that will likely shape how the FTC assesses the proposed combination. (1) Defense is not like a commercial business, it is a monopsony market, so the opinion of the military customer matters. (2) Integration, both horizontal and vertical, [ Read More…]
- September 5, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- How NATO Can Prepare For The Unthinkable: A War With Russia (From 1945)
It is time to get serious about shoring up NATO’s defensive capabilities in Eastern Europe. Russian continues to undertake activities designed to intimidate NATO allies and undermine the stability of neighboring Eastern European countries. The Russian military is improving its abilities to deploy large, combined armed forces along its western border and to conduct short notice attacks anywhere from the Baltics to the Black Sea. Against this background, numerous experts and policy institutions have advocated for a more forceful approach [ Read More…]
- September 2, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Raytheon Technologies Could Become America’s Biggest Aerospace & Defense Business In This Decade (From Forbes)
When Raytheon and United Technologies merged in 2020 to become Raytheon Technologies, they created an aerospace enterprise with unrivaled market breadth and technical depth. There is a real possibility that by mid-decade, RTX will be the biggest aerospace and defense business in America. At present, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have more sizable sales, but Boeing has suffered significant setbacks in both its commercial and defense units, while Lockheed has only a modest commercial presence. Moreover, much of the content found [ Read More…]
- September 1, 2021Paul Steidler
- A Cleaner Oil Industry: Driven By Data And Common Sense (From RealClearEnergy)
The world is going to need 50 percent more energy by 2050, including a large amount of oil. This challenge can be met while also addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through data analytics, U.S. oil companies are taking many steps to significantly cut their emissions soon. Policymakers should encourage these actions as the U.S. oil industry is large, recent events have shown the continuing importance of oil, and other oil producers worldwide do not have the same [ Read More…]
- August 30, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Recompete Of Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Will Test Whether The Army Can Keep Its Eye On The Ball (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army’s program to field a more resilient and versatile successor to the Humvee light truck has unfolded in remarkably smooth fashion. Manufacturer Oshkosh, which won the contract in 2015, has delivered 13,000 vehicles to the Army and other services on schedule and below budget. Nonetheless, the plan has always been to recompete the contract, to see whether a different company might surpass the incumbent on pricing while delivering equal or better quality. A draft request for proposals will [ Read More…]
- August 27, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Military Must Move Fast To Achieve Enterprise Network Endpoint Security (From 1945)
In response to the danger posed by COVID-19, remote working has become the norm for the Department of Defense (DoD). As a result, there has been an explosion of endpoints (laptops, desktops, tablets, mobile phones, and servers) on Pentagon networks. Congress is pressing DoD to improve its abilities to monitor endpoints and assure that only legitimate ones are permitted on the networks. The bigger challenge is how to protect not just networks and their endpoints but everything that is an [ Read More…]