Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

President Trump Visits The Last Tank Plant In America, Which He Helped Save (From Forbes) The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center at Lima, Ohio is the last factory in the United States capable of building main battle tanks.  President Trump is visiting there this week to highlight his military plans and efforts to revitalize American manufacturing.  [Read More...]
Plan To Retire USS Truman Early Makes No Sense–Which Is Why The Navy Doesn’t Really Want To Do It (From Forbes) Congress is pushing back on the wrongheaded proposal to retire one of the Navy’s large-deck aircraft carriers prematurely. That probably won’t upset the sea service, which was pressured by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to reduce the carrier [Read More...]
Raytheon’s Case For Building Army Radar Grounded In Deep Knowledge of GaN Technology (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is accelerating its search for a new Patriot air defense radar that can detect diverse threats approaching from any direction at any altitude. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon will compete in a “sense-off” this spring to [Read More...]
Heather Wilson Was Uniquely Qualified To Be Air Force Secretary. So Why Is She Leaving? (From Forbes) Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson disclosed on March 8 that she will likely leave government service in May to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. It isn’t hard to understand the attraction of running [Read More...]
Pentagon May Come To Regret Prioritizing R&D Spending Over Weapons It Needs Now (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s annual military spending has increased $100 billion over the last three years, with the biggest percentage increases coming in weapons accounts. Somehow, though, the rate at which key warfighting systems are being bought has not increased. In some [Read More...]
Germany’s Policy Choices Are Hastening The Decline Of NATO (From Forbes) President Trump’s ambivalence about continued U.S. participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is traceable in large part to the behavior of its biggest European member. Germany is not contributing to the alliance at a pace commensurate with its [Read More...]
Why President Trump Will Likely Be Reelected, And What It Means For Global Security (From Forbes) President Trump is so widely derided in the media that his reelection prospects may appear bleak.  In fact, they are strong. Candidates who win election to the White House once tend to win it a second time if they choose [Read More...]
DRS Daylight’s Spero Microscope Leverages Breakthrough Technology For Big Biomedical & Defense Gains (From Forbes) When the U.S. arm of Italian defense giant Leonardo bought a small tech startup called Daylight Solutions in 2017, almost nobody noticed. Two years later though, the logic of the acquisition is becoming increasingly clear. DRS Daylight Solutions, as it [Read More...]
How Do U.S. Soldiers Prepare For An Unpredictable Future? Army Leaders Have A Plan. (From Forbes) The U.S. Army today is headed by an unusually thoughtful and experienced group of senior leaders. But they will need all of their skills to keep the Army’s campaign plan to win the future on track through the very difficult [Read More...]
Why 2019 Needs To Be The Year The U.S. Army Picks Up The Pace On A New Long-Range Assault Aircraft (From Forbes) It has been decades since the U.S. Army fielded a genuinely new combat rotorcraft. During that time, aerospace technology has advanced by leaps and bounds while threats have changed dramatically. The Army needs to get moving on fielding new airframes, [Read More...]
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