- August 27, 2018Jayme Smaldone
- International Postal Rates Harm U.S. Ecommerce and Strengthen Chinese Companies
My name is Jayme Smaldone. I am the founder and chief executive officer of Mighty Mug, a small business based in Rahway, New Jersey. At Mighty Mug, we make the world’s most innovative – and globally patented drinkware. Mighty Mug grips when knocked, so you can avoid spills. We have worked incredibly hard and invested a great deal to create [ Read More…]
- August 24, 2018
- Rathna K. Muralidharan
- Over Our Heads: How the Great Power Competition Is Extending Into Space (From RealClearDefense)
The great power competition is extending into space, making it necessary for the U.S. to consider new technologies that will protect its assets and its current lead in space. The president’s proposal for a Space Force earlier this summer included a statement that China and Russia cannot be allowed to make further gains in space at America’s expense. The importance of [ Read More…]
- August 23, 2018
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- What If the U.S. ‘Pulls the Plug’ on Afghanistan? (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. may be approaching a crucial decision concerning its military involvement in Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense James Mattis says U.S. activity there won’t end anytime soon. The question is, will President Trump stick with a plan that does not promise victory? Should the Administration choose to “pull the plug” on the Afghanistan mission, it will need to continue efforts [ Read More…]
- August 23, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The New Military Competition Under The Seas
It is a generally accepted view among Western foreign policy and defense elites that a new era of great power competition has begun. According to the new National Security Strategy: “After being dismissed as a phenomenon of an earlier century, great power competition returned. China and Russia began to reassert their influence regionally and globally… They are contesting our geopolitical advantages and trying to change the international order in their favor.” A central element of this new competition is the [ Read More…]
- August 22, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Lockheed Martin Appointment Signals F-35 Fighter Transition From Development To Production Maturity (From Forbes)
Lockheed Martin disclosed today that its board has approved the promotion of Michele Evans, 53, to lead the company’s Aeronautics unit effective October 1. Evans will thus oversee the transition from development to production maturity of the Pentagon’s biggest weapons program, the F-35 fighter. Lockheed generated over a quarter of its second-quarter revenues from the F-35, and expects to receive a steady flow of income on the effort for many years to come. Evans has a multi-decade history with Lockheed [ Read More…]
- August 22, 2018Paul Steidler
- How Can U.S. Help Its Neighbors? Export More Natural Gas (From Investor’s Business Daily)
There are many compelling reasons the U.S. is looking to expand energy exports, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG). Close to home, LNG will help to strengthen the economies of many Caribbean and nearby countries. It will also provide significant environmental benefits by replacing highly polluting oil which is still used extensively in electricity generation. I discuss these matters in an Op-Ed for Investor’s Business Daily here.
- August 21, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Faster: What U.S. Air Force Modernization Would Look Like Without Space (From Forbes)
If President Trump succeeds in creating a Space Force “separate but equal” from the Air Force, the latter service will lose its satellites, its ballistic missiles and many of its networks. It will be mainly about “things with wings.” But once the narrowed focus of Air Force modernization is established, it will become clear the service is buying new planes too slowly. Its current plans for buying new fighters and tankers would result in most of the air fleet consisting [ Read More…]
- August 20, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- Looking For Defense Innovation In Not All The Right Places
The U.S. Army recently announced that it would locate the headquarters of its new Futures Command in Austin, Texas. Austin won out over Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh based on its score on six major criteria: proximity to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers and industries; proximity to private sector innovation; academic STEM and research and development investment; quality of life; cost; and civic support. One of the features that sold the Army’s leadership on Austin was its “ecosystem” [ Read More…]
- August 17, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- A “Space Force” Will Make The F-35 Fighter Indispensable To Air Force Relevance (From Forbes)
The Pentagon’s new Space Force will be largely carved out of the Air Force, leaving the latter service much diminished. The Air Force won’t just lose its satellites, it will probably lose its ICBMs, its most valued networks, and a fair amount of its cyber expertise. So Air Force leaders will need to organize the service’s scaled-back modernization program around what’s left of their core competencies. Fielding a new tanker and bomber will remain central to service plans, but the [ Read More…]
- August 17, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Pentagon Needs to Approach Service Providers As Military ‘Auxiliaries’ (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. military learned many valuable lessons from its nearly two decades of war in Southwest Asia. One of the most important of these is the central role that the private sector will play in future operations. For most of this long period of conflict, contractors outnumbered Coalition soldiers in the theaters of conflict. It is time for the Pentagon to stop holding commercial logistics and sustainment providers at arm’s length. In the event of a major war or even [ Read More…]
- August 14, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Competition In Rocket Motors At Risk As Northrop Absorbs Orbital (From Forbes)
Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of Orbital ATK is raising doubts about the future of competition in the market for large solid rocket motors. The Federal Trade Commission has conditioned approval of the transaction on implementation of measures aimed at protecting Northrop’s competitors in the missile business. However, the Consent Order it has prepared does little to protect Aerojet Rocketdyne, the only other domestic producer of large SRMs. Because Northrop will be both a missile producer and a supplier of SRMs, it [ Read More…]
- August 10, 2018Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- DoD Takes The Right Approach On JEDI Cloud Procurement (From RealClearDefense)
On July 26, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for its much anticipated and politically sensitive Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud. The solicitation envisions a full and open competition leading to a single award for a contract that could last up to 10 years and be worth $10 billion if all options are exercised to provide commercially-based cloud services. JEDI is the first attempt by DoD to create an enterprise-wide cloud infrastructure capable [ Read More…]
- August 9, 2018Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- U.S. Navy Boosts Submarine Plans As Tensions With Russia And China Worsen (From Forbes)
The Navy’s Virginia class of attack submarines is one of the Pentagon’s most successful weapons programs. It consistently delivers the world’s most capable multi-role submarines on time and on budget. But the Navy doesn’t have enough attack subs, and that problem is growing: legacy subs are being retired faster than new ones are being commissioned. That could pose a challenge for warfighters, because few of the missions assigned to attack subs can be performed by other types of vessels. The [ Read More…]