Defense

Congress Has Been Crystal Clear What Kind Of Amphibious Fleet It Wants. Is The Pentagon Listening? (From Forbes) In it 2023 budget request, the Navy proposed prematurely terminating production of its most survivable amphibious warship, pushing construction of its next amphibious assault vessel a full decade into the future, and retiring four older amphibs for whi ...
The Marine Corps’ Light Amphibious Warship Seems To Be Faltering. Here Is A Novel Solution. (From Forbes) If war occurs between the U.S. and China, the Marine Corps plans to operate in the Chinese littoral--in other words, within range of Beijing's weapons. In order to do that successfully, the Corps has defined a requirement for 35 Light Amphibious Warshi ...
Abrams Is The Best Main Battle Tank In The World. But Improving It Should Still Be A Priority. (From Forbes) After much hemming and hawing, the Army's M1A2 tank is headed for Ukraine. Much of the information that appeared in public media explaining why the Pentagon was not eager to send it exaggerated the logistical and training challenges associated with sha ...
Army Rotorcraft Plans Signal Pain Ahead For Industrial Base (From Forbes) The U.S. rotorcraft industry is heavily dependent on military funding, and at the moment two of the top three manufacturers aren't so sure how reliable that funding will be in the future. First, the Army has awarded the contract to develop a Black Hawk ...
Raytheon Technologies Realigns Business Units To Reduce Customer Costs, Drive Innovation (From Forbes) Raytheon Technologies reported its fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2022 on January 24, matching or exceeding company forecasts. However, the big news in the earnings call was disclosure of a plan to realign business units, combining both legac ...
How The Defense Industry Became A Defining Feature Of The U.S. Economy (From Forbes) A hundred years ago, the United States did not have a defense industry. Today it does, thanks to a series of Russian military developments in the early postwar era that made the threat to U.S. survival permanent. In response, Washington for the first t ...
The U.S. Army Needs Mobile, Long-Range, And Precise Artillery (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. Army is currently investing in two of the three critical capabilities for future fires systems (artillery, rockets, and missiles). These capabilities are range and precision. The Army even calls its fires modernization effort the Long-Range Pr ...
F-35: The World’s Best Fighter? Hell Yes. (From 1945) The decisions by two “holdout” major Western powers, Germany and Canada, to acquire the F-35 leaves no doubt regarding the unique contributions that this aircraft can make to both U.S. and NATO security. Multiple analyses and flyoffs by these two count ...
Five Reasons An L3Harris Merger With Aerojet Will Not Face The Obstacles Lockheed Martin’s Bid Did (From Forbes) L3Harris Chairman & CEO Chris Kubasik announced in December that his company would seek to merge with Aerojet Rocketdyne. The last time a company--Lockheed Martin--sought to acquire rocket-engine maker Aerojet, it was rebuffed by federal regulators ...
Lockheed Martin Protest Of Army Rotorcraft Award Alleges Unequal Treatment, Rampant Subjectivity (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin, in consultation with team member Boeing, has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office alleging that the Army made multiple mistakes in awarding the development contract for its future assault aircraft to Bell Helicopte ...
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