Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency Has A Bold New Plan For Protecting America. What’s ‘Plan B’ If It Doesn’t Work? (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s lead agency for missile defense has embarked on a plan to keep up with the evolving North Korean nuclear threat by developing a Next Generation Interceptor.  Nothing wrong with that, except for this: most missile defense ideas don’t [Read More...]
Army Fears If ‘Future Vertical Lift’ Falters, Serious Fallout For Industry Might Follow (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is leading what may prove to be the biggest rotorcraft program in history. Called Future Vertical Lift (FVL), it will replace over a dozen different helicopters in the joint fleet with thousands of new aircraft that have [Read More...]
Air Force ‘Digital Century Series’ Fighters: Technologically Exciting, Operationally Unworkable (From Forbes) The Air Force has a vision of future fighter development that involves buying many different aircraft with limited service lives in small lots. Called the Digital Century Series, it is an attempt to leverage developments like digital engineering to stay [Read More...]
Think You Know Where Defense Spending Is Headed After Coronavirus? Guess Again. (From Forbes) There’s a lot of speculation about where defense spending is headed in the aftermath of the worst pandemic in a century, most of it negative. But the truth of the matter is that we have no idea where military outlays [Read More...]
Raytheon Technologies Is Posturing To Be The Pentagon’s Top Cyber Supplier–Both Offensive And Defensive (From Forbes) Raytheon Technologies, the merged aerospace and defense operations of Raytheon and United Technologies, is a very big enterprise. So big, in fact, that it will take analysts a while to sort out all of the company’s diverse competencies. When they [Read More...]
Early Lessons From The U.S. Army’s Campaign To Conquer COVID-19 (From Forbes) The U.S. Army has done a remarkably effective job of responding to COVID-19. It has minimized the spread of the viral infection within its ranks, and helped local communities to cope with a surge in cases. So what lessons have [Read More...]
How Aerojet Rocketdyne Manages To Play An Outsized Role In The U.S. Defense Supply Chain (From Forbes) U.S. policymakers in recent years have become increasingly concerned about the fragility of the defense supply chain. Critical suppliers can become choke-points in the production process if their operations are impaired and no alternate source exists. A case in point [Read More...]
How The Navy’s CMV-22B Osprey Helps Make Distributed Maritime Operations A Reality (From Forbes) The Navy is implementing a warfighting concept called Distributed Maritime Operations that disperses its warships over vast areas in order to optimize their offensive and defensive options. That will required it to change how it provides logistical support to the [Read More...]
Pentagon Study Would Cut Aircraft Carriers, Undermining Most Useful U.S. Warfighting System (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s cost assessment and program evaluation shop, widely known as CAPE, has apparently proposed that the number of aircraft carriers in the U.S. fleet be reduced from eleven to nine. That would effectively reduce the number of carriers that [Read More...]
Leidos Discovers Its Business Model Adapts Surprisingly Well To Coronavirus (From Forbes) If you were going to invent an enterprise that could cope well with a global pandemic, it would probably look a lot like Leidos. The $12 billion provider of IT, science and engineering services to federal customers is largely insulated [Read More...]
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