Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Sierra Nevada Corp. Charts A Unique Course To Success In Aerospace & Defense (From Forbes) There’s a lot of talk in the federal government about tapping “non-traditional” sources for imaginative innovations. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of those rare contractors that was non-traditional long before it was fashionable. The company was acquired in 1994 [Read More...]
Army Aviation: There’s More To Future Vertical Lift Than The Airframes (From Forbes) Sometime later this year the U.S. Army will select a rotorcraft to replace its ubiquitous Black Hawk as part of a program called Future Vertical Lift. There has been much talk in the defense trade press about the airframes competing [Read More...]
Putin Learns A Lesson Washington Knows All Too Well: Military Power Can Kill People, But It Can’t Change Them (From Forbes) Vladimir Putin apparently launch Russia’s invasion of Ukraine believing that resistance would collapse quickly. The opposite has occurred: the Ukrainians fought back fiercely to defend their culture and identity. Moscow now realizes if it wants to pacify Ukraine, it will [Read More...]
Ukraine Sanctions: Now Is The Time To Jettison Russian In-Space Propulsion From All Future Satellites (From Forbes) Russia’s Fakel design bureau is the world leader in electric propulsion systems for maneuvering satellites in space. After this year’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russians declared they would stop selling such systems to the West, which was fine with countries [Read More...]
Production Of The V-22 Osprey Is Ending. The Pentagon Needs To Be Sure It Has Bought Enough. (From Forbes) Production of the revolutionary V-22 Osprey tiltrotor is beginning to wrap up, with shutdown of the line likely sometime in the next several years. The aircraft has proven to be as versatile as its backers predicted, supporting distinctly different missions [Read More...]
The Nuclear Delusion At The Heart Of the 2022 National Defense Strategy (From Forbes) The Biden administration has delivered its National Defense Strategy (NDS) to Congress. It will remain mostly secret, but mirrors the defense goals of the previous administration. That is unfortunate, because it continues to favor a nuclear posture that relies solely [Read More...]
Five Reasons Cutting Back On The F-35 Stealth Fighter Is A Big Mistake (From 1945) The Biden administration has confounded defense observers by proposing a 35% cut in F-35 fighter orders from the plan for fiscal 2023.  F-35 is the only next-generation combat aircraft the U.S. currently has in production, and it is expected to [Read More...]
Army Sticks With Modernization Plan, But Budget Trends Are Not Encouraging (From Forbes) The U.S. Army’s proposed 2023 budget is not adequate to sustain its ambitious modernization plans. The service is in the midst of a fundamental transformation to great-power conflict that requires replacing much of its Cold War kit, but it cannot [Read More...]
Air Force Confirms It Plans To Slash F-35 Buy In 2023–But Can’t Explain Why (From Forbes) The Air Force publicly confirmed on March 28 that it intends to buy a much smaller number of F-35 fighters in 2023 than previously planned. It says it still intends to eventually buy 1,763 of the stealthy fighters, but at [Read More...]
HII Evolving Into A Data-Driven Tech Enterprise As Navy Customer Embraces New Warfighting Concepts (From Forbes) Huntington Ingalls Industries, the nation’s biggest builder of warships, is evolving into something more: a leading provider of artificial intelligence, unmanned systems, digital reconnaissance, simulations and training for its military customer. In a effort to keep up with the Navy’s [Read More...]
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