- November 5, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Boeing’s Defense Problems Aren’t Entirely Of Its Own Making (From Forbes)
In recent years, Boeing has suffered several major setbacks in its defense business, stoking a perception that the enterprise is not what it once was. However, a close look at how those setbacks unfolded suggests that the government played an important part in each reversal. In the case of the KC-46 tanker, it set the company up for big losses [ Read More…]
- November 5, 2021
- Sarah White, M.A.
- Big U.S. Security Challenges Converge On The Caribbean (From RealClearWorld)
Few in Washington would have predicted until recently that the Caribbean would become a focal point of so many national-security challenges for the United States. But a series of recent events in Haiti, Cuba, and Venezuela, on top of long-standing political and humanitarian crises in each country, has propelled the region into the wider security conversation. What is largely missing [ Read More…]
- November 3, 2021
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The A-29 Super Tucano Is Transforming the Way Nations Fight Violent Extremists (From RealClearDefense)
Airpower provides a decisive advantage in the fight against violent extremists. Airpower offers a speed of response, an ability to collect information, and precision effects capability unavailable in other types of military capabilities. These effects can be tailored to the specific conditions nations face. Moreover, robust, low-cost air platforms are available, which when equipped with modern sensors, avionics, and weapons [ Read More…]
- November 2, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Army’s Future Vertical Lift Program Is Pivotal To Revitalizing Its Aged Rotorcraft Fleet (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army is currently running two separate competitions to develop next-generation armed reconnaissance and assault helicopters. The future of Army Aviation depends on both competitions producing world-class rotorcraft that can be fielded expeditiously. The Army’s Cold War recon helicopters, also known as scouts, had grown so decrepit that the service decided to retire them even though it lacked a replacement. Finding that replacement is now Army Aviation’s top modernization priority. As for the assault rotorcraft, the Army feels it [ Read More…]
- October 28, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why The U.S. Navy And Marines’ ARG/MEU Is America’s Premier Stand-In Force (From 1945)
In an era marked by the proliferation of lethal, long-range weapons, , the U.S. military is looking for ways of ensuring that its forces deployed within range of these new threats can operate effectively both in peacetime and in the event of a great power conflict. These so-called “stand-in” forces must not merely survive the attack but use their position to engage in decisive military actions from the outset of hostilities. A premier stand-in force already exists. This is the [ Read More…]
- October 26, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Compelling Logic Of Army Long-Range Fires In The Western Pacific (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army is developing a family of long-range precision fires that will significantly expand its role in deterring Chinese aggression. Although China has traditionally been regarded as a problem for the Air Force and Navy, the Army’s future fires are an important addition to the joint arsenal. Five precepts are guiding their development. First, there is a recognition that new technology is enabling unprecedented reach and precision for ground-based weapons. Second, there is an understanding that the more diverse [ Read More…]
- October 21, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Five Most Important Facts About F-35 Fighter Sustainment (From Forbes)
The latest controversy to afflict the tri-service F-35 fighter program is concern that it might cost too much to operate. Operations and support, often called sustainment in military circles, is, in fact, a majority of the program’s life-cycle cost. However, like earlier controversies about the program’s production price and performance, the sustainment issue is more contrived than real. For starters, future cost projections are unprovable guesses based upon bogus estimates of year-by-year inflation into the 2060s. Second, the F-35 is [ Read More…]
- October 18, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Punishing India For Buying Russian Weapons Would Hurt America And Help China (From Forbes)
The Biden administration will soon need to decide whether to sanction India for purchasing Russia’s S-400 air defense system. Doing so would be a big mistake. Washington has been working hard to build bridges to India, and now it needs New Delhi to participate closely with Australia and Japan in a quadripartite coalition to contain China’s regional ambitions. Any imposition of sanctions at this point would be counter-productive, especially if levied in response to India’s purchase of defensive systems such [ Read More…]
- October 15, 2021Sarah White, M.A.
- NATO Has A Problem: Belarus Is Slowly Being Reabsorbed Into Russia (From 1945)
On October 7, Polish border troops reported being fired upon by their counterparts from Belarus. Tensions have also been rising on the border between the two countries as a surge of migrants has created a building humanitarian crisis simultaneously with the sensitive security situation. But these may be just the foreshocks of a much larger earthquake, a symptom of the extent to which Belarus has been more or less reabsorbed into the orbit of Russia. Without backing from Moscow, it is likely that [ Read More…]
- October 14, 2021Paul Steidler
- Mail Delays: Three Principles For Congress To Fix It
Is the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) going to get away with it? On October 1, 2021, USPS reduced first-class mail delivery standards ensuring mail service will be slower than it has been since the 1970s. Senior citizens, rural Americans, and the poor are hardest hit. The USPS action has been widely criticized by business, labor, consumer, and other groups. The bipartisan Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), USPS’s regulator, was also highly critical of the proposal but unable to stop it since [ Read More…]
- October 13, 2021Paul Steidler
- Postal Banking Is Harmful And Unnecessary (From InsideSources)
On October 4, three days after the U.S. Postal Service implemented degraded standards for first-class mail, ensuring delivery will be slower than in the 1970s, it announced it was getting into a new business: check cashing. The experimental service is taking place in four cities. Meanwhile, America’s leading progressives – Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – are pushing quite hard for full-fledged postal banking. The proposal will not benefit the poor and will detract [ Read More…]
- October 13, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Faster: Lockheed Martin CEO Signals Big Shift In Corporate Culture (From Forbes)
Lockheed Martin Chairman & CEO James Taiclet has revealed a major change that is unfolding in his company’s corporate culture. The nation’s biggest defense contractor is moving to emulate the speed of innovation in the commercial digital world by embracing open architectures, agile software development, and 5G networking technology. It is no coincidence that Taiclet came to Lockheed from American Tower, where he was a leader in revolutionizing the telecom industry. Taiclet saw there the possibilities for accelerating change, and [ Read More…]
- October 13, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Evolving Carrier Air Wing Will Keep The CVN Relevant For Decades (From RealClearDefense)
The on-again/off-again debate regarding the future of the aircraft carrier has been reanimated. The approximate causal factor is the proliferation of long-range precision-guided ballistic and cruise missiles. In response to the threat, the Department of Defense (DoD) has sought to develop new operating concepts and capabilities to improve both the lethality and survivability of its forces. A key element of the new approach is the deployment of so-called stand-in forces. There is no better stand-in capability than a Carrier Strike [ Read More…]