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Why A Lockheed-Aerojet Merger Is Good For Defense (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin is proposing to merge with Aerojet Rocketdyne, one of the two remaining producers of rocket engines in the U.S. On balance, the combination would be good for America's military. First, it would preserve competition in a vital sector whe ...
The Thirty-Year Success Story Of The V-22 Osprey Must Continue (From RealClearDefense) It has been three decades since the V-22 Osprey first flew. Over that time, the V-22 has confounded its critics and more than proven itself in operations from Southwest Asia to the Western Pacific. Originally designed and built for the U.S. Marine Corp ...
A Handful Of Biden Defense Picks Are Guiding The Pentagon Through Perilous Times The transition period of a new administration can be particularly challenging for new appointees at the Department of Defense (DoD). The FY2022 defense budget, written by the Trump administration, needs to be reviewed. Work needs to be initiated on the ...
America Must Secure Its Geospatial-Intelligence Information Supply Chain (From The National Interest) The United States is in a competition with China on multiple fronts: economics, technology, geography, politics, and military power. A major battleground between the two countries is in the field of information. Both sides are racing to gain an advanta ...
Air Power Advocates Are Attacking Army Long-Range Strike Plans. Here’s Why They’re Wrong. (From Forbes) Air power proponents have been assailing the Army's plans to develop missiles with ranges well beyond what is customary for conventional ground systems. They say the planned capability duplicates what the Air Force already can do, is the antithesis of ...
The Navy’s Future Large Surface Combatant Is A Slow Boat To China. Too Slow. (From Forbes) The Navy wants to develop a new large surface combatant, but Congress isn't buying its rationale. Authorizers and appropriators alike slashed the 2021 funding request, citing inadequate explanation of requirements and plans. And with good reason. The s ...
Is The Pentagon Serious About Implementing Open Systems Architectures? (From RealClearDefense) One of the most prevalent trends in defense acquisition is that modernizing and upgrading platforms and systems need to be based on open systems architectures, which is now called a modular open systems approach (MOSA). The central thesis of MOSA is th ...
The Army Needs To Rethink Its Opposition to Upgrading the Chinook Helicopter (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army has no plan to replace its CH-47F Chinook. The heavy-lift helicopter is  expected to remain in the active fleet for another four decades. Any yet, for some inexplicable reason, Army leaders decided not to proceed with upgrades that the se ...
Textron Bets Big On Next-Generation Weapons (From Forbes) Rhode Island-based Textron is making a series of bets on next-generation weapons systems that could significantly shift its business mix in the years ahead. In 2020 it won a competition to supply the Army with robotic combat vehicles, won down-selects ...
The ScanEagle And Blackjack UASs Will Reshape Maritime Surveillance (From National Interest) The world’s oceans and seas are vast. Maritime challenges occurring to U.S. interests and international legal and humanitarian responsibilities are increasing in both quantity and quality. But the number of Navy and Coast Guard ships available is relat ...
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