Defense

The Critics Are Wrong: A Single Award For The JEDI Contract Is The Right Approach The bids are in for the Pentagon’s latest major contract to provide the U.S. defense establishment with cloud services. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program is part of the effort by the Department of Defense (DoD) to bring its [Read More...]
L3-Harris Merger May Signal Pentagon Demand Is Approaching Peak (From Forbes) Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies announced this weekend that they will enter into a “merger of equals” creating the sixth biggest U.S. military contractor. The transaction appears to raise minimal antitrust concerns, but the timing suggests defense companies are beginning [Read More...]
The Modernization the Army Needs Can Be Found at the AUSA Annual Conference (From RealClearDefense) The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) held its annual meeting and exhibition last week in Washington, DC. Walking the exhibit halls, one can see and even touch examples of the most advanced platforms and systems the Army is [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...]
Inspector General Attack On NASA Super-Rocket Marred By Mistakes, Omissions (From Forbes) NASA has embarked on an epic quest to build the biggest rocket ever constructed, with an eye towards one day sending astronauts to Mars. The space agency’s Inspector General says the effort is not going well due to poor performance [Read More...]
White House Report Warns “All Facets” Of U.S. Defense Industrial Base Are At Risk (From Forbes) The White House on Thursday rolled out a long-awaited assessment of the U.S. defense industrial base that painted an alarming picture of secular decline.  The assessment traces the sources of industrial decay not just to the mercantilist behavior of China, [Read More...]
Winning Future Wars: Modernization and a 21st Century Defense Industrial Base (From The Heritage Foundation) The United States desperately needs to modernize its military forces and the industrial base that supports it. Great power competition has returned as a driving force in inter¬national relations. While this country spent 20 years in the modernization wilderness, in¬vesting [Read More...]
Could Air Force Bargain Hunting In Weapons Competitions Backfire? (From Forbes) The Air Force seems to have gotten a good deal on its next-generation training system, awarding the program to Boeing for a price that is less than half of what the program was expected to cost.  It got a similar [Read More...]
The Improved Turbine Engine Program Is Key To The Army’s Modernization Plan Sometime in the next few months, the U.S. Army will make an award in one of its most critical modernization efforts: the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). In 2006, the Army began an effort with the aerospace industry to design [Read More...]
Five Ways U.S. Nuclear Strategy Might Fail — Maybe Soon (From Forbes) U.S. nuclear strategy seeks to deter aggression by threatening attackers with massive retaliation.  It seems to work, but deterrence is a psychological state and we aren’t mind readers, so there are uncertainties.  Even if it is working as intended, there [Read More...]
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