Looking For Defense Innovation In Not All The Right Places The U.S. Army recently announced that it would locate the headquarters of its new Futures Command in Austin, Texas. Austin won out over Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh based on its score on six major criteria: proximity to science, [Read More...]
A “Space Force” Will Make The F-35 Fighter Indispensable To Air Force Relevance (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s new Space Force will be largely carved out of the Air Force, leaving the latter service much diminished.  The Air Force won’t just lose its satellites, it will probably lose its ICBMs, its most valued networks, and a [Read More...]
The Pentagon Needs to Approach Service Providers As Military ‘Auxiliaries’ (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. military learned many valuable lessons from its nearly two decades of war in Southwest Asia. One of the most important of these is the central role that the private sector will play in future operations. For most of [Read More...]
Competition In Rocket Motors At Risk As Northrop Absorbs Orbital (From Forbes) Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of Orbital ATK is raising doubts about the future of competition in the market for large solid rocket motors.  The Federal Trade Commission has conditioned approval of the transaction on implementation of measures aimed at protecting Northrop’s [Read More...]
DoD Takes The Right Approach On JEDI Cloud Procurement (From RealClearDefense) On July 26, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for its much anticipated and politically sensitive Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud. The solicitation envisions a full and open competition leading to a single [Read More...]
U.S. Navy Boosts Submarine Plans As Tensions With Russia And China Worsen (From Forbes) The Navy’s Virginia class of attack submarines is one of the Pentagon’s most successful weapons programs.  It consistently delivers the world’s most capable multi-role submarines on time and on budget.  But the Navy doesn’t have enough attack subs, and that [Read More...]
Increasing U.S. Tank Production Helps National Security and the Industrial Base (From RealClearDefense) From the outset, the Trump Administration has been committed both to rebuilding America’s military and revitalizing the industrial base that supports it. To serve both of these goals, the White House made the decision to substantially increase the production of [Read More...]
Why Marine Aviation Is Leaping Into The Future And Army Aviation Isn’t (From Forbes) Over the last two decades, the U.S. Marine Corps has transformed its aviation arm.  The U.S. Army has not; instead, it has upgraded helicopters that debuted during the Cold War.  Efforts to introduce new Army combat helicopters have failed.  Now [Read More...]
Navy’s Aegis Combat System Takes Center Stage As Missile Threats Proliferate (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy’s Aegis combat system is the most advanced air and missile defense architecture in the world.  It is also the most survivable, given the fact that it is mobile at sea rather than sitting at a fixed site [Read More...]
U.S. Military Sites in Europe Are Dependent on Russia for Electricity (From RealClearDefense) As the Nord Stream II pipeline is beginning construction in the Baltic Sea, President Donald Trump warned that Germany has become “captive to Russia.” Representatives in Congress are also worried about European dependence on Russian energy. To ensure stable operation [Read More...]
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