Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Lockheed Martin Reports ‘Rapid Progress’ On Crucial Next Generation Interceptor (From Forbes) The current system for countering ballistic-missile attacks on the US homeland by rogue states may not be capable of coping with future developments in the North Korean nuclear arsenal. The problem is that long-range missiles equipped with multiple warheads and/or [Read More...]
Leidos-Microsoft Partnership Is Latest Sign AI Is Taking The Defense Industry By Storm (From Forbes) Fortune 500 federal contractor Leidos disclosed on the last day of July that it was forming a strategic partnership with Microsoft to bring artificial-intelligence solutions to public-sector customers. Over the last several years, every major defense contractor has pursued partnerships [Read More...]
Five Ways The Ukraine War Could Become A Nuclear Conflict (From Forbes) Despite frequently warnings from Russian officials that the Ukraine war could lead their country to use nuclear weapons, much of official Washington does not take the possibility seriously. That is a mistake. There are multiple ways in which war-related developments [Read More...]
As Pentagon Works To Rebuild The US Industrial Base, FTC Targets America’s Most Innovative Companies (From Forbes) The twin blows of a global pandemic and war in Ukraine have alerted US policymakers to extensive vulnerabilities in the U.S. industrial economy. Pentagon planners are worried about the economy’s ability to sustain a war effort, and rightly so. Meanwhile, [Read More...]
The Air Force’s AWACS Radar Planes Are Relics. Congress Needs To Speed Production Of Their Replacement. (From Forbes) The Air Force’s fleet of E-3 AWACS radar planes is on its last legs. The most decrepit aircraft will start heading to the boneyard this year, and finding spare parts for the remaining planes is becoming difficult. After all, the [Read More...]
Next Generation Air Dominance Is A Must-Have For American Air Power–And RTX Is Uniquely Positioned To Play (From Forbes) The US Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance program is critical to assuring air superiority through mid-century. The crewed fighter at the center of NGAD is optimized for securing command of the air in heavily contested areas–like in and around [Read More...]
Electronic Warfare Has Become A Defining Feature Of Future Conflict. Here’s Why. (From Forbes) The biggest lesson coming out of fighting in Ukraine isn’t about drones or artillery, it’s about electronic warfare. Both sides are straining to control and exploit the electromagnetic spectrum, at a level of intensity not seen in previous conflicts. Ukraine [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Road To Revitalizing American Manufacturing Runs Through The Pentagon (From Forbes) The Biden administration has launched a whole-of-government campaign to rebuild America’s flagging industrial might. Many federal agencies are involved, but the Department of Defense could end up being the most important. America’s military is a huge source of demand for [Read More...]
RTX Head Greg Hayes Says US Can’t Decouple From China But Can “De-Risk.” Biden Gets It, But Some Big Companies Don’t. (From Forbes) RTX Chairman & CEO Greg Hayes recently told the Financial Times that US companies can’t decouple from China–they rely too much on suppliers there–but they can reduce risks. The Biden administration seems to share that view. It has taken steps [Read More...]
The Navy’s Next-Generation Destroyer Looks Unaffordable. The Service Needs To Keep Improving What It Already Has (From Forbes) The Navy wants to develop a next-generation destroyer 40% bigger than its existing Burke class. That isn’t going to happen. The Congressional Budget Office estimates each of the next-gen DDG(X) destroyers would cost over $3 billion. Populating an adequately-sized surface [Read More...]
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