Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

U.S. Tax Law’s Retrograde Treatment Of R&D Is A Threat To National Security (From Forbes) The United States was one of the first industrialized countries during the postwar period to recognize the importance of private-sector research and development by giving it favorable treatment in the tax code. Now Washington looks poised to move in the [Read More...]
The Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Is A Model Of What Military Acquisition Can Accomplish (From Forbes) In 2015, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Corporation a contract to develop and produce a successor to the Humvee called the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The program has turned out to be a smashing success, delivering the first light military [Read More...]
The Right Way To Buy The U.S. Navy’s New Generation Of Supercarriers (From Forbes) The lead ship in the Navy’s new generation of supercarriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is about to begin its first deployment. The Navy expects to buy ten Ford-class carriers, the last of which will not exit the fleet until [Read More...]
Five Reasons Buying An All-New Engine For The Air Force’s F-35 Fighters Is A Real Bad Idea (From Forbes) The Pentagon is mulling whether the Air Force should develop a new engine to replace Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system on its F-35 fighter. This is an awful idea. The existing engine is the safest, most reliable fighter engine [Read More...]
Not Your Father’s Chinook: The Army’s Biggest, Fastest Helicopter Is Poised For Further Performance Gains (From Forbes) The CH-47F Chinook tandem-rotor helicopter is the fastest rotorcraft in the U.S. Army fleet, capable of transporting up to 55 soldiers to remote locations at a speed of nearly 200 miles per hour. It has doubled its payload capacity to [Read More...]
The Navy’s Window For Right-Sizing Its Carrier Onboard Delivery Fleet Is Rapidly Closing (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy several years ago made the smart decision to replace aged turboprop aircraft used for delivering critical supplies to carriers at sea with a version of the Bell/Boeing V-22 tiltrotor. Tiltrotors combine the vertical agility of a helicopter [Read More...]
Will The FTC Try To Unwind Northrop Grumman’s 2018 Merger With OrbitalĀ  ATK? (From Forbes) In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission allowed Northrop Grumman to acquire rocket-motor maker Orbital ATK, with conditions. Now Politico reports that FTC lawyers believe Northrop violated those conditions. That violation may have resulted in Boeing dropping out of the competition [Read More...]
Beijing’s Blockade Of Taiwan Is The Latest Sign Washington Needs To Streamline Its Defense Trade With Allies (From Forbes) The United States government maintains a complex system for controlling arms sales called International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. It is designed to prevent military technology from falling into the hands of bad actors, but it impedes sending the [Read More...]
Bell/Textron Says Keeping Future Vertical Lift On Track Is Critical To Renewing The Rotorcraft Industrial Base (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is expected to award a contract for the development of a Black Hawk helicopter successor in October. It is potentially a very big program, and competing industry teams are straining to prevail. One team, led by Boeing [Read More...]
Boeing Has Bottomed. It Could Recover Quickly. (From Forbes) Boeing’s second-quarter results, released Wednesday, were a mixed bag. However, looking beyond the numbers, there is evidence that recovery from its recent rough patch is well under way. The company will likely deliver 400 737 narrowbody jetliners this year, and [Read More...]
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