Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Give Airborne Laser Fair Shot At Missile Defense Article Published in the Defense News Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz said war is a continuation of politics by other means. Sometimes politics seems like a continuation of war. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the long-running debate [Read More...]
Military Supremacy and How We Keep It Article Published in the Policy Review In February of 1776, only months before the American Declaration of Independence was proclaimed, British historian Edward Gibbon published the first volume of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It was almost [Read More...]
Heavy Armor Article Published in Army Magazine The English dramatist James Shirley wrote in 1659 that “there is no armor against fate”, a warning that seems all too apt when considering the uncertain future of the Army’s main battletanks. In the 85 [Read More...]
U.S. Must Reverse Bomber Blueprint, Air Force Dominated by Tactical Fighter Community, Say Experts Article Published in the National Defense The experience of the Kosovo air campaign provides important insight into the problems with Air Force plans not because the campaign was so challenging but because it should have been so easy. After all, [Read More...]
Remember the Good News F-22 Provides Unpublicized U.S. Success Story Article Published in the Defense News The biggest problem with the news media is that if something isn’t new, then it probably isn’t news. No matter how important information may be in the total scheme of things, if it’s already [Read More...]
Follow-On Jammer: The Answer is Obvious Article Published in the Wings of Gold A radio station in the nation’s capital recently introduced a new format called “jammin’ oldies”. It’s mostly vintage Motown hits. But if you knew a lot about electronic warfare (EW) and only a [Read More...]
Potential Telecom Setback Ahead Article Published in Wireless Week Usually, Congress doesn’t intervene when one Maryland company wants to buy another that happens to be located across its parking lot. But since this involves the telecom industry, and the companies are named Lockheed Martin [Read More...]
Defense Management is Success for Clinton Article Published in the Federal Times With coalition warfare currently being conducted in the Balkans, it’s a little early to be rendering any definitive judgements on Bill Clinton’s record as commander in chief. But it’s not too early to identify [Read More...]
Air War: Too Costly in Every Way Letter to the Editor Published in The New York Times To The Editor: The chart depicting military-aircraft operating costs that accompanied Eric Schmidtt’s May 2 Week in Review report offered a telling lesson about war costs. It showed that the [Read More...]
U.S. Shipbuilders: The Tide Begins To Turn Article Published in the Sea Power Magazine There is a saying among economists that a rising tide lifts all boats. With defense spending expected to rise significantly in the years ahead, the nation’s shipbuilders hope that adage also applies to [Read More...]
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