Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Why China Wants A Super Rocket Like NASA’s Space Launch System (From Forbes) NASA is developing a new Space Launch System that one day may carry humans to Mars.  It eventually will be the biggest rocket ever built, able to lift 130 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit.  China says it wants to [Read More...]
The Big Threat To GE Aviation Isn’t Corporate Breakup — It’s A Resurgent Pratt & Whitney (From Forbes) When General Electric disclosed what amounts to a corporate breakup on June 26, one of the few businesses it said it wanted to retain was GE Aviation, its aircraft engine unit.  The business certainly seems to be performing well.  Going [Read More...]
The Big Opportunities For Boeing Hidden In The Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker Program (from Forbes) When Boeing won the contract to build the Air Force’s next-generation KC-46 tanker in 2011, its focus was almost entirely on developing a game-changing aerial refueler. With the Air Force’s announcement last week that it will begin taking deliveries of [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Marine Corps Is The Future Of U.S. Ground Combat (From Forbes) After many years of fighting the global war on terror, the Marine Corps is returning to its roots as a naval expeditionary force focused on maneuver warfare and amphibious operations.  Its timing is exquisite, because Marine competencies look well suited [Read More...]
Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Motivated By Russian, Chinese Threats To Critical U.S. Orbital Systems (From Forbes) President Trump announced today that he has directed the military to establish a sixth branch for conducting operations in space.  The plan is a surprise, but it is arguably timely because Russian and Chinese threats to critical U.S. orbital assets [Read More...]
Invisible Scourge: The Danger of Chemical or Biological Attack on America is Growing Fast EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to read the full report as a PDF. The danger of a chemical or biological attack against the U.S. homeland is growing.  In the case of chemical threats, thousands of sites around the world manufacture precursors [Read More...]
Lockheed, Pratt Disclose F-35 Cost-Cutting Moves As Air Force Secretary Presses For Economies (From Forbes) The Air Force will be absorbing 72% of the F-35 fighter domestic production run, so Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is pressing contractors to reduce costs — not just for building the plane, but for operating it once it is [Read More...]
Trump’s Korea Nuclear Deal Could Change the Focus of U.S. Missile Defense (From Forbes) North Korea probably will not give up its nuclear arsenal, but in the aftermath of the Singapore summit, it is worth considering what such an outcome might mean for the U.S. missile defense program.  If the North Korean nuclear threat [Read More...]
White House Preparing Bio-defense Strategy As Germ Warfare Fears Rise (From Forbes) Time was, the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” was almost synonymous with nuclear weapons.  Not in this White House, though.  The Trump Administration is so concerned about biological threats and global pandemics that the National Security Council staff is preparing [Read More...]
Trump Industrial Policy Likely To Target U.S. Commercial Shipbuilding & Merchant Fleet For Revival (From Forbes) Two-way trade between the U.S. and other countries totaled over $5 trillion last year. Most of it was transported by sea, but very little moved on American-built, American-operated or American-crewed vessels.  The U.S. shipbuilding and seaborne shipping industries have largely [Read More...]
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