Defense

“Mad Dog” Defanged: How A Missing Missile Defense Report Explains Mattis’ Impending Departure (From Forbes) During his first month in office, President Trump directed separate reviews of the nation’s offensive nuclear posture and ballistic missile defenses.  The offensive forces review was done on time, in January of this year.  The missile defense review never was [Read More...]
Will The Air Force Please Make Up Its Mind About OA-X (From RealClearDefense) It’s a trainer. It’s a close air support platform. It’s a sensor node in a multi-domain command and control network. It’s a test of the Air Force’s ability to do rapid acquisition. It’s a means of providing partners and allies [Read More...]
Why Does The U.S. Army Need Ten Years To Begin Fielding A New Recon Helicopter? (From Forbes) The U.S. Army retired its last Kiowa scout helicopter last year, nearly 50 years after Kiowa first joined the force.  But the Army didn’t have a dedicated armed reconnaissance helicopter to replace the venerable airframe, because three attempts to find [Read More...]
Asian Missile Defense Is The Next Lever To Move Kim Jong-un On Denuclearization When South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in visits North Korea next week, hopes for a concrete step towards denuclearization will soar. The denuclearization of North Korea could put presidents Trump and Moon in the history books. But President Trump is in [Read More...]
U.S. Air Force Leaders Seek 24% Increase In Force Size To Support Trump Defense Strategy (From Forbes) The Secretary of the Air Force on Monday revealed her service’s internal estimate of how much it must grow to successfully execute the Trump administration’s defense strategy.  The Air Force needs to add 74 operational squadrons to the 312 it [Read More...]
U.S. Growing Dependent On Russia For Satellite Propulsion Systems (From Forbes) There was a time when America was the dominant global provider of thrusters for maneuvering satellites in space.  That time is long gone.  Other nations have subsidized their industry to catch up, and Russia seems to have established a clear [Read More...]
Army Futures Command Must Perform Miracles (From RealClearDefense) In recent public statements, General John Murray, the newly-confirmed commander of the Army’s fledgling Futures Command, has been downplaying expectations for his new organization. He cautioned listeners not to expect miracles from the new organization. The trouble with this perspective [Read More...]
Reconciling Priorities In The India-U.S. Relationship (From RealClearWorld) Last week saw significant advances in the U.S-India defense relationship as U.S. Secretaries Mattis and  Pompeo, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, traveled to India to meet with Ministers Swaraj and Sitharaman. However, New Delhi’s relationships with Russia [Read More...]
The KC-46 Is On The Cusp Of Transforming U.S. Air Mobility (From RealClearDefense) Last week, the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft passed one of its two final milestones prior to entering service with the U.S. Air Force. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the platform a supplemental type certificate, the second of two [Read More...]
SpaceX Abandons Plan To Make Astronaut Spacecraft Reusable; Boeing Sticks With Reuse Plan (From Forbes) Elon Musk’s SpaceX has backed away from plans to build a reusable spacecraft that can carry astronauts to the International Space Station and then return to Earth in a powered touch down on land.  Instead, its Crew Dragon space capsule [Read More...]
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