Defense

Army Modernization, And The Virtues Of Moderation (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is in the midst of a successful campaign to modernize its equipment and close gaps in capabilities needed for an era of great-power competition. This is a distinct departure from the uneven performance of modernization efforts during the ...
Without A Robust Sealift Capability, The U.S. Is No Superpower (From 1945) What are the measures of a superpower? For the U.S. it is not just the number and diversity of its nuclear weapons, the size of its Army or the number of ships in its fleet. Being an oceanic power, a critical measure of U.S. military power and a unique ...
Inside Block 4–The Mostly Secret Plan For Making The F-35 Fighter Even More Lethal (From Forbes) The F-35 fighter is a technological marvel, but it won't stay at the cutting edge of capability unless it is periodically improved to keep up with new threats and missions. The Joint Program Office has begun executing the most ambitious round of enhanc ...
Pink Flamingo: The U.S. Military Will Pay for Its Munition Shortage (From The National Interest) The Biden administration’s effort to assist Ukraine shines a light on two serious national security problems: the Department of Defense’s inadequate stockpiles of munitions and the difficulties facing the defense industrial base to respond to quickly i ...
In An Age Of Innovation, Big Defense May Be The Closest Thing Washington Has To A Real Industrial Policy (From Forbes) The bloom is off the rose that was Big Tech. Washington may need to look to other sectors of the economy to sustain the pace of innovation. One candidate for that role is the defense industry, particularly big players with diverse operations, Much of w ...
Why Boeing Believes It Has An Edge In Any New Air Force Tanker Competition (From Forbes) The Air Force is in the market for another 140-160 aerial refueling tankers to add to the 179 it already plans to order from Boeing. There will likely be a competition for the next increment between Boeing's KC-46 Pegasus and a Lockheed Martin alternat ...
AbramsX: Why This Powerful Tank Could Be A “Revolution On Tracks” (From 1945) In 2016, the U.S. Army began the most comprehensive modernization of its major platforms and weapons systems since the so-called Big Five of the 1980s. Part of the current modernization effort is focusing on defining the characteristics of and requirem ...
Defeating Drones: The Most Promising Weapons Are All Non-Kinetic (From Forbes) The joint force is confronting a new kind of threat: swarms of drones that are hard to track and less expensive to replace than the missiles used to intercept them. Over time, these unmanned systems will likely proliferate and acquire features that ena ...
Five Ways A New Air Force Tanker Competition Would Be Very Different From The Last One (From Forbes) After a long and difficult gestation, the Air Force seems to be getting comfortable with its KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker. However, it needs to begin making plans for the next round of tanker procurement, and Congress may not let it proceed wi ...
Hypersonic Weapons: Using Statistical Analysis To Understand Capability And Intent The Falls Church-based company Kingfisher has recently published an interesting paper on hypersonic weapons. This is the kind of work that the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment used to do. In the 2000s, Andy Marshall funded research into areas of tec ...
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