Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Lessons of Iraq: Strategic and Joint Implications Research Study 1. Inept Enemies Offer Unclear Lessons Since the end of the Cold War, America has faced weak, incompetent adversaries. — Noriega (1990) — Saddam (1991) — Milosevic (1999) — Taliban (2001) In OIF, Saddam’s forces didn’t seem to [Read More...]
Spy Satellites: Who Ruined FIA? Issue Brief In the months before America went to war with Iraq, the intelligence community repositioned its spy satellites to provide maximum coverage of Saddam’s military. There are two types of spy satellites: those that eavesdrop on enemy communications for [Read More...]
Iraq: The Problem Isn’t Terrorism Issue Brief There’s a lot of confusion in the national media about how well pacification efforts are faring in Iraq. Yesterday, the Pentagon’s regional commander in the Middle East added to the confusion by asserting that terrorism is becoming the [Read More...]
Does The Nation Need A Bigger Army? Issue Brief Last week, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld traveled to Texas to brief President Bush on military transformation and discuss whether the nation needs a bigger military. Much of the conversation focused on the Army, which is so heavily committed [Read More...]
Twilight of The Atlantic Alliance Issue Brief In early June, defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreed to revitalize the alliance by streamlining its command structure, creating a rapid-response force, and acquiring more airlift for operations outside Europe. Having just endured a [Read More...]
NATO’S Decay and the Search for a Few Key Friends Remarks to the Heritage Foundation Conference on Global Alliances Thank you for inviting me to participate in this timely discussion of the role that alliances will play in America’s future security posture. The notes the foundation sent me for the [Read More...]
“Buy American” is Bad for America Issue Brief If you’ve never read The Federalist and were curious why the Founding Fathers thought Congress should have two chambers rather than one, there’s a clinical case-study of what concerned them unfolding right now in the U.S. House of [Read More...]
The Hidden Dangers Of Networked Warfare Issue Brief “Network-centric warfare” is the greatest military innovation of this generation. All the armed forces are being linked in a wireless web that will enable them to instantly assimilate and act on information from diverse sources. The resulting gains [Read More...]
Keep Raptor On Track Issue Brief Isn’t it a relief to have Republicans running the Pentagon, since they’re the only party that has demonstrated a commitment to modernizing U.S. military forces? Just kidding. It wasn’t Democrats who cut the B-2 bomber program from 132 [Read More...]
Tanker Lease is Answer Letter to the Editor of Defense News To the Editor: Your editorial of May 19 (“The Case for Leasing”) was a perfect exposition of the issues surrounding replacement of aging Air Force tankers. I could not agree more with the [Read More...]
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