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How The Air Force’s LRSO Missile Could Prevent A Crisis From Escalating To Nuclear Annihilation (From Forbes) On July 1 the Air Force awarded a contract to Raytheon Technologies for development of a new air-launched nuclear system called the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon. LRSO will replace the aged cruise missiles currently carried on U.S. bombers with a m ...
Russian Encroachment In Eastern Europe Drove Poland’s Purchase Of Abrams Tank (From RealClearDefense) This month, the sale of 250 U.S.-produced Abrams tanks to Poland was officially announced. The sale, valued at USD $5.9 billion, is positive news for Polish national security. Though it had already purchased the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems ( ...
U.S. Shipbuilding Is At Its Lowest Ebb Ever. How Did America Fall So Far? (From Forbes) There was a time within living memory when America was the world's biggest builder of commercial oceangoing vessels, and its ships carried a third of global trade. Those days are long gone. The U.S. now typically produces less than ten such vessels ann ...
Light Amphibious Warship: A Mistake For The U.S. Marine Corps And Navy? (From 1945) The Marine Corps and Navy are moving aggressively to redefine how they will conduct amphibious operations and reshape their fleets of amphibious warships. Perhaps they are moving too fast. The Sea Services are conducting wargames, exercises, and experi ...
Why We Know F-35 Support Costs Will Fall In The Future (From Forbes) The Government Accountability Office put out a report earlier this month purporting to show that the F-35 fighter costs more to operate and sustain than U.S. military services can afford to pay. Somehow, though, the report failed to mention that F-35 i ...
Why The Air Force’s “Bridge Tanker” Will Likely Be A Bridge To Nowhere For Airbus (From Forbes) The U.S. Air Force wants to buy 140-160 commercial derivative tankers following completion of the present KC-46 production run in 2029. The effort is called a bridge tanker because it is the transition to a next-generation aerial refueler. Boeing and A ...
Cancelling JEDI Contract May Not Solve DoD’s Cloud Migration Woes (From 1945) The Department of Defense (DoD) has mercifully put the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) out of its misery. Along with the announcement of JEDI’s cancelation, the Pentagon said that it would begin the process of implementing a new, enterpr ...
The Navy Needs To Acquire A Lot More Arleigh Burke Destroyers Now The U.S. Navy is facing a crisis: it is too small to meet the operational requirements being imposed on it. Furthermore, in terms of overall capacity, it is falling behind China, which is building warships and submarines at a prodigious rate. If the Bi ...
Why Biden’s Competition Order Bolsters The Case For A Lockheed-Aerojet Merger (From Forbes) President Biden's executive order promoting competition by halting the trend toward market concentration is not a blanket prohibition on corporate mergers. In some cases, mergers are necessary to prevent key market segments from consolidating to monopo ...
Providing Poland With The M1 Abrams Would Help Secure NATO’s Eastern Flank (From The National Interest) The 2021 NATO summit put members on the record that they would build a flexible, agile, and resilient force architecture “with the right forces in the right place at the right time.” U.S. and NATO forces along the eastern flank facing Russia are the eq ...
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