- October 27, 2020Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Why Japan Must Reconsider Its Aegis Deployments (From The Jewish Policy Center)
The security environment in the Western Pacific is becoming more challenging for the U.S., its friends, and allies. China seeks to dominate the region and project power globally. North Korea is expanding its arsenal of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. The U.S. is improving its defense posture in the region both qualitatively and quantitatively. U.S. allies in the region, chief [ Read More…]
- October 26, 2020
- Paul Steidler
- Big Data Essential For Oil & Gas Industry To Become Cleaner (From RealClearEnergy)
The oil and gas industry has a long track record of making its operations cleaner and more efficient. By unleashing information technology, data analytics, and related cloud storage throughout operations, progress can be accelerated in these areas. This will benefit the companies while leading to major reductions in emissions. The environmental improvements will include more targeted and accurate drilling; quicker [ Read More…]
- October 26, 2020
- Paul Steidler
- First-Class Mail Service is Awful, Admitted Postal Service Late Friday
One of the oldest tricks in Washington, D.C. is to put out bad news late on a Friday in the hopes it will be missed. And the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) did just that when it announced late Friday that first-class mail service is now nearly as bad as it was during the worst period this summer. Eight days before the [ Read More…]
- October 24, 2020Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- U.S. Military Bases Of The Future Must Be Smart And Secure (From The National Interest)
All the services understand that both their legacy fixed facilities (such as Guam) and new expedient bases will be subject to an an expanded array of threats, including attempts by unconventional forces to penetrate their perimeters. Expedient bases face the additional challenge of providing perimeter security while simultaneously setting up a new base, conducting missions, and eventually conducting a withdrawal. While the main threat to military facilities may come from enemy ballistic and cruise missiles, it is time to consider [ Read More…]
- October 23, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Will President Biden Make The Same Mistake On Missile Defense That President Obama Did? (From Forbes)
When Barack Obama became president in 2009, he almost immediately set about scaling back missile defense efforts for protecting the American homeland that he had inherited from his predecessor. In the end, he killed almost everything. The only program that remained, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, languished for years. Then Obama’s team discovered that all the warnings they had received about North Korea’s nuclear program were true. So they had to begin building back what they had cut or killed. Will President [ Read More…]
- October 20, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Get Ready For President Biden To Throw U.S. Security Policies Into Reverse (From Forbes)
President Trump’s national security policies are very different from the bipartisan posture that has prevailed in the postwar era. Having played a central role for decades in fashioning that postwar consensus, Joe Biden has left an extensive political record of how he would modify the Trump approach if elected president. In essence, Biden would revert to the Obama agenda. Alliances would strengthened, arms control efforts would be renewed, overseas military interventions would be more likely, multilateralism would become commonplace in [ Read More…]
- October 20, 2020Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Force Multiplier: U.S. Fleet Of Air-Capable Amphibious Warfare Ships (From RealClearDefense)
The Navy and Marine Corps are proposing radical changes to their force structures in line with new concepts for maritime and expeditionary operations. All eyes are on what is new, such as the Navy’s desire for fleets of unmanned surface and subsurface vessels and, with respect to amphibious warfare, at least two new proposed ship classes. What has gotten relatively less attention is the growing importance of air power to the Sea Services’ ability to conduct agile, distributed operations across [ Read More…]
- October 16, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Will The Pentagon’s Bold Battle Force 2045 Plan Finally Fix Sealift? (From Forbes)
There are reasons to suspect that the Battle Force 2045 plan for remaking America’s Navy will not come to much. It’s too ambitious and the timing is all wrong. However, there are elements of the plan that are both affordable and enjoy broad political support. One of those elements is sealift, the mission of expeditiously transporting U.S. military supplies to distant war zones. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stated in unveiling Battle Force 2045 on October 6 that sealift would [ Read More…]
- October 14, 2020Paul Steidler
- AED: The Big Postal Issue That Needs More Attention
For all the political controversy surrounding the U.S. Postal Service in recent months, there is one issue on which Democrats, Republicans and Independents should be able to come together: the need to better track packages from overseas so that opioids are intercepted, rather than delivered. On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention, or STOP, Act. A centerpiece of the law is a provision to require advanced electronic data (AED) on all incoming packages by [ Read More…]
- October 13, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why Secretary Esper’s Call For Light Carriers Would Make The U.S. Navy Weaker (From Forbes)
On October 6, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper unveiled his outline of what the future U.S. naval fleet should look like. Called Battleforce 2045, there would be more of everything, except for large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. When it comes to big carriers, Esper thinks the Navy might get by with as few as eight, rather than its present 11. That would mean only two supercarriers forward on a typical day, but Esper says the Navy should fill the resulting gap [ Read More…]
- October 13, 2020Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Army Modernization’s Day Of Reckoning Is At Hand (From RealClearDefense)
Despite its successes, Army modernization now faces a day of reckoning. Regardless of who wins the November election, the flow of resources which has undergirded modernization is almost certain to decline. The Army’s leaders will have to conduct serious triage on its portfolios of priority modernization efforts. It will also have to revise its modernization strategy overall, in order to achieve a better balance of upgrades and new starts. I have written more on this subject here.
- October 9, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Report: A Robust Tech Sector Is Critical To U.S. National Security (From Forbes)
Technologies spawned by the information revolution are transforming every facet of the global economy. Like any other upheaval, the information revolution will produce winners and losers. If Washington does not want its military to be one of the losers, it must do more to assure the health of the domestic technology sector. Many of the tax, trade, immigration and regulatory policies bearing upon the sector’s wellbeing seem to assume that no matter what the government does, America will always be [ Read More…]
- October 8, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why U.S. National Security Requires A Robust, Innovative Technology Sector
Every nation strives for security. Although the phrase “national security” in common usage has military overtones, there are other elements as well—economic, demographic, cultural. For instance, energy security was a major concern of U.S. policymakers in recent decades, and environmental security related to climate change now garners similar interest. What every facet of national security has in common, though, is that it is shaped by technology. The wide oceans separating North America from the Eurasian land mass were once thought [ Read More…]