- August 22, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- It Only Gets Better: The F-35 Is Becoming More Lethal And Affordable (From The National Interest)
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the world’s premier fifth-generation air platform. Its performance is unmatched by any existing fourth-generation aircraft as well as the so-called fifth-generation systems being deployed by Russia and China. After some significant teething pains and years of having its viability and affordability questioned, the F-35 is on a course to become the dominant fighter [ Read More…]
- August 21, 2022
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Navy Should Deploy The Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel Now (From 1945)
The U.S. Navy has a vision for a future fleet that involves deploying as many as 150 unmanned platforms, both unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) of diverse sizes and weights. The technology for USVs is well-developed with several USVs, particularly medium-sized USVs (MUSVs), having been operated at sea for protracted periods of time over several years. In multiple deployments [ Read More…]
- August 12, 2022
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Not Enough M1 Abrams? Poland Is Buying K2 Black Panther Tanks (From 1945)
Poland has become the linchpin of NATO’s eastern defenses. Recognizing Poland’s important geostrategic position, the U.S. has deployed significant forces to that country, including a rotationally deployed Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) and the prepositioned equipment for a second ABCT. Simultaneously, the U.S. has underwritten Warsaw’s military modernization campaign by providing critical advanced weapons systems including F-35s, Patriot air defenses [ Read More…]
- August 11, 2022Paul Steidler
- A Discussion With U.S. Postal Service Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb Hull
Tammy Whitcomb Hull is the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). She leads a staff of approximately 1,000 that does investigations and audit work, integral to the proper functioning of USPS. Several factors have made the work of the USPS Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) even more important. These include the pandemic, the rise in mail-in voting, and the implementation of USPS’s 10-year strategic plan, Delivering for America. The Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler spoke with Inspector General [ Read More…]
- August 9, 2022Paul Steidler
- Remarks Of Paul Steidler To U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors
August 9, 2022 Meeting Thank you, and congratulations to Governors Tangherlini and Kan on your appointments. One of the most exciting developments in international business over the next decade will be the rise in small, cross-border package shipments. McKinsey predicts these to triple. This is good news for American businesses looking to sell more abroad. Low-cost and efficient international e-commerce also means more affordable and reliable purchases, and downward pressure on inflation. To help ensure these benefits to the American [ Read More…]
- August 9, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Will The FTC Try To Unwind Northrop Grumman’s 2018 Merger With Orbital ATK? (From Forbes)
In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission allowed Northrop Grumman to acquire rocket-motor maker Orbital ATK, with conditions. Now Politico reports that FTC lawyers believe Northrop violated those conditions. That violation may have resulted in Boeing dropping out of the competition to build a replacement for the Minuteman III missile, which Northrop as a result won. The situation raises interesting antitrust implications, because earlier this year FTC forced Lockheed Martin to abandon a planned acquisition of Orbital competitor Aerojet Rocketdyne. It [ Read More…]
- August 8, 2022Paul Steidler
- Put The Kibosh On Porch Piracy (From InsideSources)
America’s crime wave is coming to your front door if it has not hit there already. Porch piracy, the theft of brand-new, unopened items in packages laying just outside the sanctuary of your home’s living space is a hot trend. Especially coveted items include large-screen televisions, cell phones, and anything from high-end retailers. But even the loss of items such as baby formula, prescription medicines, and medical devices can be highly disruptive. It is time to get tough on thieves [ Read More…]
- August 6, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- An Aging Amphibious Warfare Fleet Will Not Deter China (From RealClearDefense)
Events of recent weeks have underscored the correctness of the Biden administration’s view that China is this country’s pacing threat, one that is racing to create a military that would challenge that of the United States. The U.S. military is seeking to alter both the design of its forces and how they operate in peacetime to provide a credible deterrent and, if necessary, a war-winning capability. To that end, the U.S. Navy is proposing both a quantitative and qualitative buildup. [ Read More…]
- August 5, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Beijing’s Blockade Of Taiwan Is The Latest Sign Washington Needs To Streamline Its Defense Trade With Allies (From Forbes)
The United States government maintains a complex system for controlling arms sales called International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. It is designed to prevent military technology from falling into the hands of bad actors, but it impedes sending the same technology to friends–even when it is urgently needed. With Beijing now determined to match and surpass Washington in advanced technology, there is a need to compress the time required to secure approvals in military transactions with key allies. The [ Read More…]
- August 2, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Bell/Textron Says Keeping Future Vertical Lift On Track Is Critical To Renewing The Rotorcraft Industrial Base (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army is expected to award a contract for the development of a Black Hawk helicopter successor in October. It is potentially a very big program, and competing industry teams are straining to prevail. One team, led by Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky unit, is highlighting potential dangers to the rotorcraft industry’s workforce, depending on who wins or loses the award. The other team, led by Bell/Textron, is stressing a different facet of the potential industrial-base fallout. It says [ Read More…]
- July 29, 2022Paul Steidler
- Fix The U.N.’s Antiquated Regulation Of International Package Shipments (From RealClearMarkets)
With the global economy becoming increasingly interconnected, it is essential that international package delivery keep up. International package shipments are expected to at least triple in the next decade. This is good news for American businesses looking to sell more abroad. And for businesses and consumers, low-cost and efficient international e-commerce means more affordable and reliable purchases. But the vast promises of expanded international e-commerce will be diluted, and perhaps sidetracked, if the current international regulatory regime of small packages [ Read More…]
- July 29, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Boeing Has Bottomed. It Could Recover Quickly. (From Forbes)
Boeing’s second-quarter results, released Wednesday, were a mixed bag. However, looking beyond the numbers, there is evidence that recovery from its recent rough patch is well under way. The company will likely deliver 400 737 narrowbody jetliners this year, and the highly profitable 787 Dreamliner will resume deliveries after a hiatus due to production issues. New variants of the Max are likely to be certified by FAA in the third quarter, and the 777X is headed for initial deliveries in [ Read More…]
- July 28, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why An Antitrust War Against Google And Big Tech Is A Big Mistake (From 1945)
There is a clear consensus among defense and intelligence officials across the globe that China has moved from being a competitor to the West to a threat not only to the U.S. but the entire liberal democratic world. One aspect of this growing threat is China’s effort to dominate so-called advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, 5/6G communications, extended reality, and cybersecurity. The ability to compete with and beat China in the development and deployment of advanced [ Read More…]