Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Spy Satellites: What’s Up with FIA? Issue BriefReporters chasing the story of how a program to build next-generation photo-reconnaissance satellites might be restructured encountered something unexpected last week — a National Reconnaissance Office that was willing to give details. Not a lot of details and [Read More...]
Pentagon Declares War — On The Defense Industry Issue BriefReporters chasing the story of how a program to build next-generation photo-reconnaissance satellites might be restructured encountered something unexpected last week — a National Reconnaissance Office that was willing to give details. Not a lot of details and [Read More...]
Technology Lessons from Katrina Issue BriefMost of the lessons the nation’s pundits seem to be taking away from Hurricane Katrina concern politics, which is what you’d expect from a collection of liberal-arts majors. But engineers looking for less perishable insights are likely to [Read More...]
Fighter Plan Is Latest Evidence Of Military Decay Issue BriefHere’s some good news. The July 8 issue of Physical Review Letters, the journal of the American Physical Society, reports that it may be feasible to build a working time machine. Einstein’s special theory of relativity raised the [Read More...]
Without DDX, The Future Of Warships Is Very Unclear Issue BriefMany of the military’s severest critics don’t actually know much about the military. Like Islamic fundamentalists complaining about America, they prefer to assimilate only those “facts” that fit their biases. Not surprisingly, the facts they do know add [Read More...]
Non-Nuclear Missile Answers New Targeting Needs Issue BriefEarly in his tenure as defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld embraced a handful of new weapon initiatives intended to fill gaps in near-term military capabilities. Possibly the smartest was conversion of four Trident ballistic-missile submarines into carriers of non-nuclear [Read More...]
Is The Terrorist Threat Over-Rated? There’s a concept in psychoanalysis called “parataxic distortion” that describes how traumatic experiences can distort perceptions of subsequent events. The victim is so upset by the trauma that later events are interpreted as a further manifestation of the initial shock, [Read More...]
Iraq: Stop The Bombers, Win The War Issue BriefThe Washington Post and ABC News released a survey this week revealing dramatic deterioration in public support for the administration’s handling of the military campaign in Iraq. Three-quarters of the respondents said the number of casualties is unacceptably [Read More...]
Air Guard Attacks BRAC Process with Dumb Bombs Issue BriefIf the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard were a married couple in some television sitcom, you’d have to marvel at how such mismatched people manage to stay together. Their love-hate relationship has lasted for nearly [Read More...]
High Tea On The Titanic Issue BriefThere is a program on public broadcasting called Antiques Roadshow that features professional appraisals of family heirlooms and flea-market treasures. Last week’s program provided a metaphor that fits Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon all too well. It was a painting [Read More...]
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