Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

The F-35 Fighter Is A Success. So How Do We Keep It Ready & Reliable For The Next 50 Years? (From Forbes) The F-35 fighter program has successfully completed developmental testing, and begun entering the military fleets of three U.S. services and a dozen allies.  It is a highly survivable, versatile warfighting system that will preserve U.S. air superiority through mid-century, but [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Air Force Has Begun Taking Delivery Of Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus Tanker (From Forbes) Eight years after it awarded Boeing the contract to develop a next-generation aerial refueling tanker, the U.S. Air Force has begun formally accepting the KC-46A Pegasus. This is, as the Air Force stated Thursday, a major milestone for the program. [Read More...]
U.S. Army’s Latest Aviation Plan Prioritizes Replacement Of Cold War Scout & Assault Helicopters (From Forbes) After considerable reflection and multiple false starts, the Army has settled on a roadmap for modernizing its fleet of combat helicopters. It will develop a new scout helicopter, a successor to the Black Hawk utility helicopter, and an unmanned aerial [Read More...]
White House, Congress Transform Security Clearance System As Massive Backlog Begins To Shrink (From Forbes) The federal system for awarding security clearances was in disarray when President Trump was inaugurated. An Obama-era decision to terminate the contract of the company conducting most of the government’s background checks led to long delays in completing investigations. Within [Read More...]
Army’s Decision On Huge Helicopter Engine Program Will Impact GE, Honeywell, United Technologies (From Forbes) After a dozen years of research and reflection, the U.S. Army is ready to select a design to replace the engines in its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. Whether it picks the GE or the Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney offering, it [Read More...]
Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan Engine Has Had A Very Good Year (From Forbes) 2018 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary Geared Turbofan. Pratt spent $10 billion and 20 years refining the technology, and 2018 was the year in which that investment began paying off in the [Read More...]
Air Force Ballistic Missile Becomes A Test Case For Trump Industrial Strategy (From Forbes) The Air Force is buying a new intercontinental ballistic missile at a time when the Trump Administration has expressed concern military contracting practices are undermining the defense industrial base. The Air Force’s missile is an opportunity to demonstrate that the [Read More...]
Five Existential Challenges Facing Elon Musk’s SpaceX (From Forbes) SpaceX has transformed the commercial space market, accomplishing feats not previously thought possible for a privately-held company. However, the jury is still out concerning whether the company has a sustainable business strategy. There are at least five challenges that might [Read More...]
Space Race: How The Air Force Can Respond Faster As China, Russia Threaten U.S. Orbital Systems (From Forbes) These are worrisome times for America’s space warriors. Russia and China are developing diverse ways of degrading or destroying U.S. national-security spacecraft, and the Air Force must respond. It can’t do things the old way, because that will take too [Read More...]
Trump Says U.S. Defense Spending Is “Crazy.” It May Signal An Important Shift. (From Forbes) President Trump shocked the defense establishment Monday by describing the current level of U.S. defense spending as “crazy,” and calling for a halt to what he characterized as an “uncontrollable arms race.” Official Washington is accustomed to dismissing such tweets [Read More...]
1 2 3 4 183
Page of 183

Find Archived Articles: