Defense

How Boeing Got Here: It’s Not The Story You Have Been Hearing Lately (From Forbes) Boeing, the biggest aerospace enterprise in history, is facing a crisis due to two accidents involving its 737 jetliner. The media coverage has been merciless. Perhaps some historical perspective is needed on what Boeing has meant for America. For starters, [Read More...]
The F-35 Isn’t Just ‘Stealthy’: Here’s How Its Electronic Warfare System Gives It An Edge (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter is the key enabler of U.S. air dominance through mid-century. Everybody who follows it knows that the fighter is stealthy, but fewer people realize it has the most sophisticated electronic warfare system ever devised. It is [Read More...]
Navy/Raytheon SPY-6 Radar Boosts Sea-Based Defense Against Ballistic, Hypersonic Threats (From Forbes) This week Raytheon delivered the first SPY-6 radar that it has been developing since 2013 for the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke destroyers. It is a true breakthrough, using new materials and modular design concepts to provide a three-fold gain in [Read More...]
The Pentagon Is Finally Getting a New Defense Secretary (Foreign Policy) Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson comments on the nomination of Patrick Shanahan in an article for Foreign Policy. “It is hard to form a cohesive team when you aren’t certain who the leader is going to be. Once Shanahan is confirmed [Read More...]
Virginia Beach Shows What Works In Serving Military-Connected Students Building on the report I co-authored with Don Soifer, Getting School Districts Ready for the Military Student Identifier, senior officials from Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the Commanders of Naval Air Station Oceana and Joint Expeditionary Base Little [Read More...]
Warfighters Need A New ‘Tested’ Helicopter Engine (From RealClearDefense) Earlier this year, the Army declared General Electric (GE) the winner of the competition for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), which will replace the existing power plants on Black Hawk and Apache helicopters and potentially power the Future Attack [Read More...]
LPD: The U.S. Navy’s Most Versatile Vessel Isn’t A Destroyer Or A Submarine (From Forbes) Last year, the U.S. Navy decided to buy a second flight of the LPD 17 amphibious dock ship, meaning that by mid-century most of the vessels responsible for moving Marines and their equipment will be of that class. It was [Read More...]
Boeing’s Troubles With 737 MAX Jets Could Disrupt Its Business Model (NPR) Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson discusses Boeing’s 737 and its business models with NPR’s “All Things Considered.” As Thompson explained, “Boeing’s strategy for the last 20 years is to have one foot firmly planted in the commercial world and the other [Read More...]
Coast Guard Arms Entire Cutter Fleet With Ship-Launched Drones The Coast Guard’s vigorous push to equip its entire Cutter fleet with deck-mounted surveillance drones offers an interesting window into the service’s expanding mission scope – to include an increased focus upon great power threats and potential military attacks such [Read More...]
The Army’s “Multi-Domain Operations in 2028” Is An Important Doctrinal Development (From RealClearDefense) Last December, the U.S. Army published the latest version of its concept for competing with Russia and China. The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028 (MDO 2028) is intended to guide the Service’s thinking on organizational change, future combat operations [Read More...]
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