Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Why the Navy Needs To Speed Backfit Of Its SPY-6 Super Radar On Destroyers (From Forbes) Raytheon has developed a modular radar for the U.S. Navy that will greatly enhance defense against airborne and ballistic threats.  Officially designated as SPY-6, the radar comes in multiple variants for different warship types, depending on how much power, cooling [Read More...]
Inside The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Secret Next Generation Interceptor (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency has issued solicitations for a future interceptor capable of defeating long-range nuclear warheads. It would replace the current ground-based interceptor that is part of the only defensive system the U.S. has for protecting the American [Read More...]
What USTR and Boeing Want From Europe To End The Tariffs (From Forbes) There’s an easy way for European governments to avoid the tariffs that the U.S. Trade Representative is threatening to levy in response to illegal aircraft subsidies. All they have to do is kill the subsidies and bring their behavior into [Read More...]
Pentagon’s Next-Gen Missile Defense Plan Could Leave U.S. Poorly Protected For Years (From Forbes) The U.S. military only has one program capable of intercepting long-range ballistic missiles aimed at America. It is called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, and it is not in good shape. Many years of under-investment have left GMD in [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Air Force’s Digital Century Series Is Doomed To Failure (From Forbes) The Air Force’s tech chief, Will Roper, is pushing a plan to develop future aircraft in small numbers on greatly compressed schedules. Using digital engineering and other innovations, he wants to acquire tactical aircraft in a few years that would [Read More...]
What Weapons Will The Air Force Kill In Its 2021 Budget? (From Forbes) The Air Force has reviewed all of its programs — over a thousand projects — with an eye to determining whether they fit with the Trump national defense strategy. The items that don’t fit will become bill-payers for new projects [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin Offers To Shoulder Risks On F-35 Maintenance With Fixed-Price, Performance-Based Contract (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin is proposing to assume most of the risk for sustaining the tri-service F-35 fighter. Under an offer presented to the Pentagon in August, the company would reach and exceed fleet readiness of 80% by 2025 for a fixed [Read More...]
Secret Pentagon Space Plan Driven By Fear Of China (From Forbes) The U.S. military has become alarmed by threats to its space systems, and most of the danger originates in China. The Pentagon doesn’t disclose intelligence about the vulnerability of America’s orbital assets or what “counterspace” initiatives it believes Beijing is [Read More...]
Backing NASA’s Human Spaceflight Program Could Help Democrats Win Back The White House (From Forbes) The Trump Administration has a plan for returning U.S. astronauts to the Moon, and there’s no evidence that Democratic presidential candidates are going to support it. President Obama gutted his predecessor’s effort to do something similar. However, failing to back [Read More...]
Why Aircraft Carriers Are The Most Cost-Effective Way Of Containing China’s Military (From Forbes) There has been a lot of speculation lately about how China’s heavy investment in new military capabilities might be compromising the survivability of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific. In reality, though, the carriers are less vulnerable today than [Read More...]
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