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Lockheed Martin Shores Up Supply Chain, Continuing Hiring Amid Coronavirus (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin, the nation’s biggest military contractor, disclosed steps this week to cope with the spread of coronavirus. Chairman & CEO Marillyn Hewson said the company will sustain production of defense items while protecting workers and making its capabilities available [Read More...]
Why The Pentagon’s THAAD Missile Defense System Is Becoming Critical To Protection Of The U.S. Homeland (From Forbes) The complexity of nuclear threats posed to the U.S. homeland by North Korea is expected to grow, requiring military planners to add a second layer to the nation’s missile defense architecture. If each line of defense in a two-layer architecture [Read More...]
Coronavirus Threatens To End America’s Long Run As A Leader In Commercial Aviation (From Forbes) U.S. companies participating in the production of jetliners are facing a liquidity crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. Aircraft deliveries have ceased, the supply chain is breaking down, and many companies face the near-term prospect of bankruptcy. Without federal assistance, [Read More...]
Marillyn Hewson Finds A Timely Successor To Lead Lockheed Martin (From Forbes) The world’s biggest military contractor disclosed a change in leadership on Monday. Lockheed Martin Chairman & CEO Marillyn Hewson will relinquish her job to James Taiclet on June 15. Taiclet, currently Chairman & CEO of American Tower, is a former [Read More...]
Boeing Insitu’s Extended-Range Blackjack Is Changing How The Joint Force Thinks About Unmanned Aircraft Systems (From Forbes) Until a few years ago, small unmanned aircraft had an effective operating radius of 50 miles or so because they were tethered to line-of-sight communications. Satellite links might have given them greater reach, but the necessary equipment exceeded their payload [Read More...]
Nuclear Threats Are Growing. How Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be Upgraded? (From Forbes) The U.S. has a grand total of one program in its entire military arsenal capable of intercepting long-range nuclear warheads aimed at America. It is called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, and within ten years it is likely to lose its [Read More...]
Ten Ways A Democratic President Would Change The Trump Defense Posture (From Forbes) If the coronavirus crisis pushes the U.S. economy into recession, President Trump would be unlikely to win reelection. So now is a good time to consider how a Democratic chief executive might change Trump’s defense posture. Based on longstanding beliefs [Read More...]
Marine Corps CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter On Track To Become Heaviest Lifter In Joint Force (From Forbes) The heavy-lift helicopter that Sikorsky is developing for the U.S. Marine Corps has overcome early challenges and is on schedule for initial operational deployments in 2023. Called the King Stallion, the CH-53K is far more capable than the “E” variant [Read More...]
Five Reasons The U.S. Army Deserves To Be First In Line For More Modernization Funding (From Forbes) The Trump defense increases are over, and competition for scarce budget dollars among the military services therefore is likely to grow more intense. They all are facing a shortfall in modernization funding, but the Army arguably has the most compelling [Read More...]
Army Risks Election Fallout As It Slashes “Lower Priority” Weapons Programs (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is struggling to modernize its warfighting systems despite inadequate funding. One solution is to use lower-priority programs as bill-payers for the most critical modernization initiatives. But that puts the Army crosswise with President Trump’s reelection campaign, because [Read More...]
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