Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Army Secretary Reveals Hidden Defect In Modernization Plans (From Forbes) The Army has decided that it does not need a helicopter in its combat fleet capable of lifting the service’s next-generation jeep. Known as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the next-gen jeep was designed among other things to protect [Read More...]
Most Powerful U.S. Helicopter Ever, Marine CH-53K King Stallion, Heads For Production (From Forbes) The U.S. Marine Corps wants something nobody else has: a helicopter that can lift 18 tons in a single flight. Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion meets that need, providing sea-based forces with an unprecedented capability to move troops and supplies from [Read More...]
BAE Systems, Inc. Invents A Radically Different Way Of Speeding Defense Innovation (From Forbes) One of the nation’s leading military contractors has come up with a novel way of accelerating the velocity of defense innovation. BAE Systems, Inc. has created an organization called FAST Labs that leverages the commercial innovation ecosystem in places like [Read More...]
Five Reasons U.S. Maritime Supremacy In The Western Pacific May Be Doomed (From Forbes) China is seeking to displace America as the dominant military power in the Western Pacific, and that puts U.S. maritime capabilities in Beijing’s cross hairs. Although the U.S. Navy has launched an ambitious program of innovation and investment to foil [Read More...]
Trump Sanctions Against European Aircraft Subsidies Are Long Overdue, Fully Supported By WTO Rules (From Forbes) The Trump Administration disclosed on Monday that it has commenced the process of levying tariffs against European countries for illegally subsidizing Airbus.  This move is long overdue, and is the end result of 14 years of legal wrangling before the [Read More...]
FAA’s System For Certifying The Boeing 737 Max Wasn’t Flawed And Doesn’t Need To Be Fixed (From Forbes) In the aftermath of two Boeing 737 Max accidents, some observers are speculating that the company and its air-safety regulator are too close for comfort. It is hard to reconcile that suspicion with the fact that the Max took five [Read More...]
Hypersonic Weapons Are Coming. The Pentagon Needs To Spend More On Defending Against Them. (From Forbes) Ever since Russian president Vladimir Putin announced last year that his country had successfully tested a hypersonic weapon, the Pentagon has been growing its investment in such technology.  Hypersonic munitions are being developed for the Air Force, the Army and [Read More...]
Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems Rewrites The Rules For Defense Technology (From Forbes) Raytheon is one of the biggest military contractors in the world, but it didn’t get there by bending metal. Instead, it mined core competencies in sensors, networks, smart munitions and electronic warfare to fashion an enterprise continuously on the cutting [Read More...]
Why The Pentagon Must Have The B-21 Bomber Soon, And Shouldn’t Let Other Programs Slow Its Pace (from Forbes) Development of the Air Force’s super-secret B-21 bomber appears to be making steady progress, which is a good thing because none of the bombers in the current fleet will be able to address all of the necessary targets in the [Read More...]
Pence Gives Boeing’s Super Rocket Thumbs Up, Directs NASA To Accelerate Moon Work (From Forbes) Vice President Pence, chairman of the National Space Council, this week directed an acceleration of work to return U.S. astronauts to the Moon. In the process, he confirmed that a super-rocket Boeing is developing will remain the centerpiece of NASA’s [Read More...]
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