- December 9, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Air-Launched Effects Are the Second Step In U.S. Army Aviation’s Transformation (From RealClearDefense)
U.S. Army Aviation is poised for a transformation even more profound than that which introduced the Black Hawk and Apache helicopters four decades ago. The focus of attention has rightly been on the products of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort: the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). To support these new platforms, as [ Read More…]
- December 6, 2021
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Putin Won’t Invade Ukraine (From Forbes)
Washington is worried that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is positioning to invade Ukraine. Don’t bet on that. Putin does not like to take risks, and a military campaign in Ukraine would incur several sizable ones. Even if an invasion succeeded, Moscow would then have to occupy and subsidize one of the poorest countries in Europe (a nation of over 40 [ Read More…]
- December 3, 2021
- Sarah White, M.A.
- The U.S. Might Lose The Tech War In Its Own Hemisphere (From RealClearWorld)
The advent of 5G networks is showcasing Beijing’s growing ability to rival Washington in South America. That rivalry isn’t discussed too much in the region itself. Governments in Latin America mostly take a pragmatic approach, waiting for the lowest bidder while trying to remain as friendly as possible with each side. These tendencies hold true for most facets of U.S.-China [ Read More…]
- December 2, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Air Force’s Top Six Imperatives For The Biden Years (From Forbes)
The stars seem to be aligning for Air Force modernization during the Biden years. The new administration is seating a team to seasoned and like-minded acquisition officials who understand the intricacies of the service’s key investment programs. However, some initiatives are more urgent than others, so the service has identified six imperatives that will drive modernization over the coming years. The six imperatives are bolstering Space Force resiliency, optimizing battle management, defining next-generation air dominance, implementing moving-target engagement at scale, [ Read More…]
- December 2, 2021Paul Steidler
- The Urgency Of Protecting The Electric Grid From Cyberattacks (From POWER Magazine)
The clock is ticking to protect the electric grid from cyberattacks. Adversarial nations, terrorists, and criminal groups have been refining their techniques for years. Lloyd’s has warned a successful, coordinated intrusion could cost $1 trillion. Earlier this year, the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack showed even relatively modest attacks can be quite disruptive. The bipartisan infrastructure bill that President Biden signed on November 15 provides for substantial assistance. While beneficial, this assistance should be a small part of utilities’ decisions to make [ Read More…]
- December 1, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- How To Ensure Russia Can’t Beat NATO In A War: Forward Deploy The U.S. Army (From 1945)
Wars are about seizing, holding, or conversely, liberating territory. This is true even for insurgencies such as the ones in Afghanistan and Vietnam. The greatest geostrategic crises of the past decade involved efforts by Russia and China to expand their control over nearby territories and seas. Russia seized Crimea and occupied parts of eastern Ukraine in 2014 and is once again massing forces along the Ukrainian border. Moscow has forged a military alliance with Belarus that creates a threat to the Sulwalki Corridor, the only [ Read More…]
- November 30, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- U.S. Army’s Project Convergence Resurrects Military Transformation, Revolutionizes Warfare (From Forbes)
The U.S. Army’s Futures Command is sponsoring a long-term exercise in testing new warfighting concepts called Project Convergence. Although often characterized as a sensor-to-shooter project it is really much broader, in effect heralding the return of military transformation. Military transformation originated at the turn of the century as a melding on new information technologies with joint teamwork, but then was aborted by the global war on terror. Now it is back with a similar focus, but more powerful technologies. In [ Read More…]
- November 23, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Caveat Emptor: The Danger Of Using Commercial Technologies In Combat (From Forbes)
There is much enthusiasm among military planners these days for tapping into the innovations of the commercial sector. That’s fine up to a point, but a wholesale adoption of commercial technology without due consideration to dangers could lead to operational disaster. For instance, China’s military undoubtedly has a detailed understanding of how to intercept, jam and degrade commercial satcom signals. To take another example, the program office managing a recompete of the production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle [ Read More…]
- November 23, 2021Paul Steidler
- The Universal Postal Union: A Discussion With Director General Bishar Hussein
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations comprised of 192 member countries, plays an important role in international commerce. It sets the framework for rates and regulatory requirements for the international shipment of mail and postal packages. The Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler spoke with the UPU’s Director General, Bishar Hussein, about the organization’s importance and its future. The discussion is here.
- November 19, 2021Paul Steidler
- Huge Stakes For U.S. Postal Service This Holiday Season
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is leading an upbeat, audacious charge from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for the holiday season, also known as peak season. “We’re going to kill it,” he told The Wall Street Journal in outlining numerous investments and organizational steps USPS has taken since last year when mail and package deliveries were dismal for weeks. Similar comments have been made in other news interviews and speeches. The stakes are high for DeJoy and USPS. Without a dramatic [ Read More…]
- November 18, 2021Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Sierra Space Rides The Wave Of A Rising Commercial Space Economy (From Forbes)
Sierra Space, a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), disclosed last month that it is partnering with Blue Origin to establish a privately owned and operated space station that it hopes will become the “premier commercial destination” in low Earth orbit. This is the latest step in the commercialization of space, and illustrates the central role that entrepreneurs are playing in opening the cosmos to private enterprise. Billionaires Eren and Fatih Ozmen, co-owners of SNC, view space as more than [ Read More…]
- November 18, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Are U.S. Missile Defenses Vulnerable To Cyberattacks? (From 1945)
The Chinese hypersonic missile threat has made the United States rethink its missile defense approach. U.S. defense officials recognize that America’s missile defense capabilities, while formidable, are designed to track and shoot down traditional ballistic missiles and would struggle with hypersonic systems. MDA is looking at developing a specialized sensor constellation, called the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor system that will provide continuous tracking of both hypersonic and regular ballistic missiles. The HBTSS network will provide high-quality tracking and targeting [ Read More…]
- November 17, 2021Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why Congress Should Stop Targeting Big Tech (From The National Interest)
It seems that one of the few things on which Democrats and Republics in Congress can agree is they want to put constraints on the U.S. technology sector. Members of both the House and Senate have put forth at least five bills directed at limiting how large technology companies operate. The most notable of these efforts is the American Innovation and Choice Online (AICO) Act. Rather than seeking to create a more open and competitive environment in online business, this [ Read More…]