Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Despite Hard Times, The F-35 Program Demonstrated Stellar Performance In 2020 (From RealClearDefense) In a year where the Department of Defense struggled to address a global pandemic, uncertainty at home, and multiple security challenges abroad, the F-35 program stands out as a success story. The aircraft continues to provide exceptional capability for three [Read More...]
New U.S. Maritime Strategy Makes Case for More Coast Guard Cutters (From The National Interest) The three sea services—the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard—just released their new, joint maritime strategy titled Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power. The document reflects the realities of an international environment dominated by great-power competition, most [Read More...]
The Standard Missile: America’s First Family Among Defense Programs (From RealClearDefense) Most major U.S. defense programs have been based on both revolution and evolution. Historically, the Pentagon has invested in an initial leap-ahead capability, one designed to provide the military with a qualitative edge. But from their early years, virtually all [Read More...]
To Avoid A Bloodbath, The U.S. Army Needs To Demonstrate Its Relevance In The Pacific (From The National Interest) The rise of China is the one overarching national security challenge for the foreseeable future, and it will be vital to continue maintaining stability in the Indo-Pacific region through deterrence measures. Complicating those efforts is the need to modernize and [Read More...]
Applying Science and Analytics To The Exploitation of Open Source Intelligence (From RealClearDefense) Through the COVID-19 pandemic, a commonly heard phrase has been “trust the science.” The same can be said in the realm of intelligence. The more that scientific wisdom and quantitative analytic tools can be applied to the collection and analysis [Read More...]
Army’s Newest Long-Range Fires System Isn’t New, But It Will Be Effective (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army’s highest-priority modernization effort is long-range precision fires. The Army’s current program envisions an array of fires systems–cannons, rockets and missiles that, taken in totality, will be able to engage targets at ranges from the close-in battlefield to [Read More...]
The Next Administration Will Need To Fix Military Sealift (From The National Interest) The next administration must address the crisis in military sealift. Multiple studies, government officials, and experts have warned that the sealift fleet is in jeopardy in recent years. Unless a major effort is undertaken to correct the situation, the United [Read More...]
Three Ways To Make The M1 Abrams The Tank Of The Future (From RealClearDefense) The Army appears fixated on fielding transformational capabilities. At the same time, it must be sure that the other armored fighting vehicle fleets can be effective in future high-end fights. The way it is doing this is through a series [Read More...]
Can the Pentagon Come Up With An Effective Strategy For Countering Small Drones? (From RealClearDefense) Drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), particularly small ones, are proliferating on the battlefield. They also pose a growing threat to the homeland. The drones themselves and the tactics for employing them are becoming more sophisticated. Small drones require different [Read More...]
Why The U.S. Can And Must Win The Race For Hypersonic Weapons (From RealClearDefense) Winning the race to deploy hypersonic weapons will be one of the most important achievements in U.S. national security of the 21st Century. For the U.S. and its allies, hypersonic weapons are more than a counterbalance to Russia and China. [Read More...]
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