Author Archives: Rebecca L. Grant, Ph.D.

Cutting E-2D Navy Radar Plane Could Put Ships At Risk Issue Brief “Do you think those US Navy warships are out there on vacation?” one Saudi leader was said to have asked Iranian ruler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a recent crisis. Aircraft carriers and surface ships do a lot for US [Read More...]
Global Deterrence: The Role of the F-22 Research Study According to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, “It’s way past time to re-examine our strategic thinking about deterrence. ”Conventional deterrence is all about how to posture America’s air and naval forces, in particular, [Read More...]
Navy Needs To Stick With Its Unmanned Combat Aircraft Issue Brief A few weeks ago in the California desert the Navy took the wraps off a weapon that could revolutionize war at sea. It’s the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS), a stealthy, unmanned plane as big as a [Read More...]
Cargo Loaders In Future Air Mobility Research StudyCargo loaders are essential to air mobility at major US aerial ports and rugged overseas bases. C-130s, C-17s, giant C-5s and a wide range of contract airlifters from 747s to Russian Antonovs all share one thing in common. [Read More...]
Technology Readiness for a New Long-Range Bomber Research Study A Joint Publication of Iris Independent Research and the Lexington InstituteAmerica has counted on bombers for tough missions for decades, but the bomber fleet will struggle to do its job as a capability void opens after 2015. [Read More...]
Sea-Based Missile Defense: Expanding the Options Research Study A Joint Study by the Center for American Progress and the Lexington InstituteSea-based missile defense options are expanding. The fleet is rapidly evolving from a limited, experimental system to an operational, battle-ready missile defense capability. Since 2002, [Read More...]
Modernizing the Aerial Refueling Fleet Research StudyAerial refueling tankers are the quiet enablers of joint air power. By allowing fighters, bombers, cargo planes and other aircraft to refuel without landing, they greatly extend the operational range of U.S. forces. The current tanker fleet consists [Read More...]
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