Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Centerpiece of Effective Missile Defense Emerges Issue Brief It is now nearly half a century since the Soviet Union tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, obliterating the distances that had long been America’s main defense against foreign aggression. Ever since that bleak day in 1957, U.S. [Read More...]
Networking the Navy – A Model for Modern Warfare Research Study The U.S. military is in the midst of a far-reaching transformation driven mainly by new information technologies. The same innovations that are revolutionizing global commerce and culture are also changing the way in which America wages war. Many [Read More...]
I-S-R Lessons of Iraq Research Study The war isn’t over. – Conventional phase seemed fast & decisive – Unconventional phase looks slow & difficult – ISR needs vary greatly between phases • Many of the most significant lessons are secret. – ISR capabilities tend [Read More...]
MANPADS: Scale and Nature of the Threat Research Study Carried & operated by one person. – 30-40 pounds, 5-6 feet in length – Fits in trunk of a car • Easy to store & maintain. – Simple, rugged design – Long shelf-life (sealed canister) • Easy to [Read More...]
What Transformation Means For The Defense Industry Presentation Over the next fifteen minutes, I’d like to explore what military transformation means for the defense industry by offering answers to three questions: — First, how important is transformation as a driver of demand for defense goods? — Second, [Read More...]
Raptor Really Is Essential Issue Brief Sensing that Air Force leadership has been weakened by recent controversies, proponents of “real” transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense are once again asking questions about the F/A-22 Raptor. They want the Air Force to [Read More...]
Key Decision Transforms Intelligence Collection Issue Brief Senior Pentagon officials have decided to equip a new satellite system with the ability to take high-resolution pictures through clouds and darkness. The satellite, called the Space-Based Radar, was originally conceived as an orbital platform from which to [Read More...]
Pentagon Plans Huge Round Of Base Closures Issue Brief Back when George W. Bush was running for President, he promised that if elected he would give his defense secretary “a broad mandate to challenge the status quo and envision a new architecture of American defense.” The person [Read More...]
The Future of the Defense Industry Issue Brief It’s official: defense stocks are a boring investment. So say several Wall Street analysts who issued dour assessments of the sector last week. The most respected, Morgan Stanley’s Heidi Wood, said sector equities would perform in line with [Read More...]
Bush Doctrine Begins Fifth Year Issue Brief Today marks the fourth anniversary of the most important speech that George W. Bush ever gave about national defense. The irony is that he wasn’t even President when he gave it. It was a campaign speech delivered at [Read More...]
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