Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Army Futures Command Must Perform Miracles (From RealClearDefense) In recent public statements, General John Murray, the newly-confirmed commander of the Army’s fledgling Futures Command, has been downplaying expectations for his new organization. He cautioned listeners not to expect miracles from the new organization. The trouble with this perspective [Read More...]
The KC-46 Is On The Cusp Of Transforming U.S. Air Mobility (From RealClearDefense) Last week, the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft passed one of its two final milestones prior to entering service with the U.S. Air Force. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the platform a supplemental type certificate, the second of two [Read More...]
U.S. National Security Requires a Viable and Reliable U.S.-Flagged Commercial Fleet (From RealClearDefense) The U.S.-flagged sealift fleet has been allowed to erode to the point that it is of only barely sufficient size and capability to meet the demands created by relatively small contingencies such as those conducted in this century in Southwest [Read More...]
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 [Read More...]
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 [Read More...]
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, [Read More...]
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 [Read More...]
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 [Read More...]
Increasing U.S. Tank Production Helps National Security and the Industrial Base (From RealClearDefense) From the outset, the Trump Administration has been committed both to rebuilding America’s military and revitalizing the industrial base that supports it. To serve both of these goals, the White House made the decision to substantially increase the production of [Read More...]
The Trump Administration Must Revitalize NATO’s Nuclear Deterrent (From RealClearDefense) Russia is a military power primarily because of its large arsenal of nuclear weapons. So central are these weapons to Moscow’s foreign and defense policies that it was even willing to deploy a new long-range, land-based cruise missile in violation [Read More...]
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