- January 22, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- A Recapitalizing Sealift Fleet Is the Nation’s Most Important Military Program (From RealClearDefense)
While the U.S. may be on its way to restoring the erstwhile preeminence of the military, those forces are primarily located in the United States. In the event of a conflict with a major power or even rogue regional actor, it will have to project most of that power thousands of miles to Europe, the Middle East or Asia. Once [ Read More…]
- January 21, 2019
- Kris Osborn
- New Navy Amphib Assault Strategy: “Mother Ships” Launch Small Boat Attacks (From Warrior Maven)
The U.S. Marine Corps continues to evolve its amphibious warfare plans in response to changing threats and technological opportunities. Lexington Institute Senior Fellow Kris Osborn lays out the key features of the emerging plan, including unmanned combat systems and next generation ship-to-shore connectors, here.
- January 21, 2019
- Paul Steidler
- U.S. Postal Service: The Mother Of Government Shutdowns (From InsideSources)
The Postal Service faces major liquidity challenges which could disrupt and shut down its operations. The effects would be quite severe, as history as shown. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler has written a commentary for InsideSources about his topic here.
- January 17, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Why The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Plan Leaves The U.S. Unprotected From Russian Missile Attack (From Forbes)
President Trump today unveiled a new Pentagon missile-defense plan that is more robust than what he inherited from the Obama Administration. However, in one key respect it is unchanged: the United States will not attempt to defend its homeland against large-scale nuclear attacks originating in Russia. It will rely instead on the threat of retaliation to deter nuclear aggression by Moscow. In other words, the U.S. will devote more resources to defending against small nuclear attacks by Iran or North [ Read More…]
- January 15, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The F-35 Fighter Is A Success. So How Do We Keep It Ready & Reliable For The Next 50 Years? (From Forbes)
The F-35 fighter program has successfully completed developmental testing, and begun entering the military fleets of three U.S. services and a dozen allies. It is a highly survivable, versatile warfighting system that will preserve U.S. air superiority through mid-century, but now the military needs to implement a support framework that can keep the aircraft ready and reliable at an affordable cost. New aircraft always cost more to sustain than mature ones, and there are plenty of opportunities for saving money [ Read More…]
- January 11, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Reasons The Air Force Has Begun Taking Delivery Of Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus Tanker (From Forbes)
Eight years after it awarded Boeing the contract to develop a next-generation aerial refueling tanker, the U.S. Air Force has begun formally accepting the KC-46A Pegasus. This is, as the Air Force stated Thursday, a major milestone for the program. However, much of the media coverage of the announcement focused on two issues that remain to be resolved from the development effort, and as a result sounded distinctly negative. For perspective, it’s worth keeping a few things in mind about [ Read More…]
- January 10, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- U.S. Army’s Latest Aviation Plan Prioritizes Replacement Of Cold War Scout & Assault Helicopters (From Forbes)
After considerable reflection and multiple false starts, the Army has settled on a roadmap for modernizing its fleet of combat helicopters. It will develop a new scout helicopter, a successor to the Black Hawk utility helicopter, and an unmanned aerial system to support rotorcraft while upgrading the Apache tank-killer and Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The plan has many moving pieces, but fundamentally it is about shifting warfighting capabilities from an emphasis on counter-insurgency warfare to preparations for great-power competition with Russia [ Read More…]
- January 7, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- White House, Congress Transform Security Clearance System As Massive Backlog Begins To Shrink (From Forbes)
The federal system for awarding security clearances was in disarray when President Trump was inaugurated. An Obama-era decision to terminate the contract of the company conducting most of the government’s background checks led to long delays in completing investigations. Within months after Trump took office, the backlog of open investigations had risen to over 700,000. At that point, Congress passed legislation directing that all defense-related clearance activities be shifted from the Office of Personnel Management to a Pentagon agency. The [ Read More…]
- January 5, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Bury Part Of The Wall (From RealClearDefense)
President Trump has said that without the wall there is no border security and that “the Tech ‘stuff’ is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles.” He is correct, at least in part. Walls work. The U.S. southern border needs more walls. But walls alone are not enough. They must be backed up by an array of sensors that will allow the Border Patrol to know who is attempting to go through, over or under the walls. Moreover, there are [ Read More…]
- January 2, 2019Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- WATCH: Dr. Dan Goure Discusses Gen. Mark Milley’s Promotion To Chairman Of Joint Chiefs On ABC7
In an appearance on ABC7’s Government Matters on January 2, Lexington Institute Senior Vice President Dr. Dan Goure explained the circumstances surrounding President Trump’s upcoming elevation of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Goure echoed his recent RealClearDefense article, “Why General Mark Milley and Why Now?” in his comments, calling the Army head an “agent of change.” Akin to President Trump, he said, Milley seeks to revolutionize the way the military fights. [ Read More…]
- January 2, 2019Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Army’s Decision On Huge Helicopter Engine Program Will Impact GE, Honeywell, United Technologies (From Forbes)
After a dozen years of research and reflection, the U.S. Army is ready to select a design to replace the engines in its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. Whether it picks the GE or the Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney offering, it will be getting big gains in performance, fuel efficiency and reliability. GE is offering a refinement of the “single-spool” configuration currently used in all Army rotorcraft, while the Honeywell/Pratt team is offering a very different “dual-spool” architecture that it says [ Read More…]
- December 20, 2018Paul Steidler
- Congressional Inaction Means Postal Service Collapse
The U.S. Postal Service and the Trump Administration make for a pair of strange bedfellows, but they agree on this: without major Postal Reform action soon, the U.S. Postal Service could face a liquidity crisis. This will not only disrupt the Postal Service’s operations but the U.S. economy. It will necessitate a large taxpayer bailout and force important reforms to be legislated under duress. No one can say for certain when the crisis will occur. In fact, since 2009, the [ Read More…]
- December 19, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan Engine Has Had A Very Good Year (From Forbes)
2018 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary Geared Turbofan. Pratt spent $10 billion and 20 years refining the technology, and 2018 was the year in which that investment began paying off in the form of broad acceptance among airlines around the world. Over 30 carriers have now made orders or commitments for 10,000 of the engines. The engine has proven it can deliver the promised fuel efficiency and emissions reductions while also achieving [ Read More…]