- January 6, 2020Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Top Five Steps Trump Has Taken To Prepare The U.S. Military For Whatever Comes Next (From Forbes)
Nobody knows what’s coming next for America’s military. What is known is that President Donald Trump has made the military more prepared for a diverse array of potential contingencies. Since he was inaugurated, Trump has increased funding for readiness; invested in core warfighting systems; kept modernization of the nuclear arsenal on track; bolstered funding for a resilient space presence; and [ Read More…]
- January 2, 2020
- Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- 2019 Wasn’t Boeing’s Worst Year. Not Even Close. (From Forbes)
The year just ended was not kind to Boeing. Two crashes of its new 737 Max jetliner resulted in continuous criticism of Boeing management, products and culture. But 2019 was far from being the worst year in the company’s history. In 1934, the federal government forced a breakup of the enterprise. In 1945-46, 70,000 Boeing workers lost their jobs as [ Read More…]
- December 27, 2019
- Paul Steidler
- Three 2020 Resolutions For Washington On The Drug Epidemic (From InsideSources)
With the opioid crisis continuing to ravage America, it is time for Washington to double down on fighting this epidemic. In 2020, this should include closing a law enforcement loophole that could make it easier for knock-off fentanyl products to enter the U.S. starting in February. We also need to compel China to honor a U.S. law requiring all its [ Read More…]
- December 21, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The F-35 Is A Success Story That Keeps Getting Better (From The National Interest)
Press reports on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have tended to downplay how much progress the program has made on multiple fronts, including on lowering those costs and the contribution that the JSF is already making to U.S. national security, as well as that of allies and partners. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps have all declared the F-35 to be operational, as have a number of foreign operators, including the U.K., Israel and, most recently, South Korea. To [ Read More…]
- December 20, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Trump Reelection Likely Despite Impeachment, Buoying Defense Industry Outlook (From Forbes)
President Trump is certain to avoid removal from office when the Senate holds its trial early next year pursuant to articles of impeachment. Not only that, he is likely to win a second term as chief executive, because incumbents seeking reelection who avoid recessions invariably prevail. This is good news for the defense industry, which has benefited handsomely from Trump’s investment-heavy military buildup. Life for military contractors will gradually grow harder as military outlays level off in the years ahead, [ Read More…]
- December 18, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Pentagon’s Flawed Approach To Homeland Missile Defense Puts Nation At Risk (From RealClearDefense)
There are reports that Pyongyang may be restarting its nuclear weapons program, and Kim Jong-un has promised some kind of ballistic missile Christmas surprise. Iran likewise continues to develop its long-range ballistic missile capabilities. Yet, this is the time the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) chose to cancel its program to develop an improved warhead, called a kill vehicle, for the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) that is the core of the military’s ability to defend the U.S. Instead, the Pentagon decided to [ Read More…]
- December 13, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Will Commandant Berger’s Planning Guidance Mean The End Of The Marine Corps? (From RealClearDefense)
In his Commandant’s Planning Guidance, Marine Corps General David Berger proposes the most radical redesign of the Marine Corps in more than half a century. According to the new Commandant, “the Marine Corps is not organized, trained, equipped, or postured to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving future operating environment.” General Berger declared his number one priority to be a new force design focused on “maintaining persistent naval forward presence to enable sea control and denial operations in the [ Read More…]
- December 13, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Air Force’s Future Clouded With Space Force On Track To Separate (From Forbes)
It now seems certain that the nation will be getting a sixth branch of the military, the Space Force. Initially housed within the Department of the Air Force, it will eventually be completely autonomous–depriving the Air Force of its former leadership role in military space. The airborne force that remains has some major challenges it needs to address. How will it fashion an integrated battle management architecture for the future if half the assets that matter have moved to a [ Read More…]
- December 12, 2019Sarah White
- Why Italy Is Pivotal To U.S. Strategy In The Mediterranean (From Real Clear Defense)
As founding members of NATO, the United States and Italy have enjoyed a productive security relationship since the end of World War Two. But in recent years, the post-Cold War strategic status quo in the Mediterranean has been eroded by Turkey’s increasing alignment with Russia, exemplified by its recent purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems. Because the U.S.-Italy alliance has been so enduring, because Italy is a key manufacturer of F-35’s, and because Turkish incursions prevent fellow NATO ally Greece [ Read More…]
- December 12, 2019Paul Steidler
- Congress Should Make Postal Reform A Priority (From InsideSources)
It is more important than ever for Congress to undertake comprehensive postal reform. The Postal Service remains indispensable to the economy and continues to be under financial pressure. The foundation for reform is in a comprehensive December 2018 U.S. Department of Treasury Postal Service Task Force report, which has 25 recommendations. These were compiled based on extensive research and discussions with 45 organizations. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler has written a commentary for InsideSources about this topic here.
- December 12, 2019Stephen Blank, Ph.D.
- Lend-Lease and European Security: An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come
Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, incessant military and other probes against NATO members, sustained military buildup, and constant efforts to project power beyond its borders present NATO with difficult operational and strategic quandaries. A particularly intractable issue confronting NATO is how to sustain existing deployments and the flow of allied forces into European theaters at risk from the Arctic to the Black Sea. This problem not only derives from Russia’s initial superiority in theaters adjacent to it as embodied in [ Read More…]
- December 8, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Russia Could Create Problems In This Important Eastern European Country (From The National Interest)
For almost two decades, Russia has been interfering in the domestic politics of other nations. It is not just the big countries such as Ukraine or NATO members like the Baltic States, Hungary or Romania that are under pressure from Moscow. Even one of the smallest, the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, is a target of Russia’s information warfare. Moldova is strategically significant to Russia. A pro-Russian Moldova advances Moscow’s goal of encircling Ukraine. Russia has a long history of interfering [ Read More…]
- December 7, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- How A Dangerous Court Ruling Could Give China The Lead In 5G Technology (From The National Interest)
Despite a chronic trade deficit in advanced technology products, the United States remains a global trendsetter for networking and telecommunications. U.S. companies are currently in a battle with Chinese state-influenced enterprises like Huawei that will determine whether American dominance continues into the era of 5G communications. 5G is the next big leap in mobile networking, a cluster of technologies that will deliver greatly increased speed, bandwidth and reliability to users. The U.S. Department of Defense has said that 5G is [ Read More…]