Defense

BAE Systems Leverages Industrial Network As Ramp-Up Of Armored Vehicle Production Approaches (From Forbes) In recent years, BAE Systems has won so much armored-vehicle work from the U.S. Army and Marine Corps that a government study recently speculated it might be facing capacity constraints at its main assembly plant.  However, the company has long [Read More...]
Capitol Hill Forum On The Future Of Federal Information Technology – 11.09.18 The Lexington Institute is hosting a Capitol Hill Forum on the future of federal information technology (IT). The event is Friday, November 9, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. We hope you will be able to join us. Speakers to date [Read More...]
Democratic Takeover Of House Could Be End For Trump Defense Buildup (From Forbes) The successful Democratic Party bid to gain control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s elections is not good news for President Trump’s planned defense buildup. Even before the election, there were signs the administration would curb military outlays to [Read More...]
The M1A2 Abrams Is The Tank Of The Future (From The National Interest) The U.S. Army faces a monumental modernization challenge. It is looking to acquire new aircraft, armored fighting vehicles, long-range fires systems, communications networks, electronic warfare capabilities, soldier systems and air and missile defenses. Fortunately, the Army does not need to [Read More...]
How President Trump Saved The Last Tank Plant In America (From Forbes) The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio is the last tank plant in America.  In fact, it’s the last such facility in the Western Hemisphere.  Nonetheless, the Army proposed shuttering the plant during the Obama administration, and the White [Read More...]
F-35 Fighter: Why Recompeting The Electronic Warfare System Could Backfire Bigtime (From Forbes) The prime contractor for the F-35 fighter’s airframe, Lockheed Martin, is implementing a range of measures aimed at reducing the life-cycle cost of the program. One such measure is to recompete key subsystems, with an eye to finding subcontractors that [Read More...]
Five Reasons The U.S. Air Force Should Be Buying F-35 Fighters Much Faster (From Forbes) The Air Force is not moving fast enough to buy its version of the tri-service F-35 fighter.  It only requested 48 of the planes in 2019, even though it needs to take delivery of at least 66 each year to [Read More...]
How Inflation Might Kill Modernization Of The U.S. Military (From Forbes) U.S. military planners are ready for just about anything. Anything, that is, except a fiscal crisis driven by rising interest rates. The federal government has accumulated so much debt that even a moderate rise in rates could drive the annual [Read More...]
The Latest Delay On Boeing’s $44 Billion Air Force Tanker Program Isn’t As Bad As It Seems (From Forbes) Bloomberg News reported this week that there will be yet another delay in delivery of the first Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers to the Air Force.  After so many delays on the program, you’d think Boeing execs would be upset.  But [Read More...]
Can Trump Rebuild The Military As Deficits Balloon? (From BreakingDefense) Today’s national security leadership is confronting a dilemma not unlike that which confronted the Western allies in the 1930s. Faced with growing great power threats in both Europe and Asia, they knew it was essential to build up their militaries. [Read More...]
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