Defense

Why The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Plan Leaves The U.S. Unprotected From Russian Missile Attack (From Forbes) President Trump today unveiled a new Pentagon missile-defense plan that is more robust than what he inherited from the Obama Administration. However, in one key respect it is unchanged: the United States will not attempt to defend its homeland against [Read More...]
The F-35 Fighter Is A Success. So How Do We Keep It Ready & Reliable For The Next 50 Years? (From Forbes) The F-35 fighter program has successfully completed developmental testing, and begun entering the military fleets of three U.S. services and a dozen allies.  It is a highly survivable, versatile warfighting system that will preserve U.S. air superiority through mid-century, but [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Air Force Has Begun Taking Delivery Of Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus Tanker (From Forbes) Eight years after it awarded Boeing the contract to develop a next-generation aerial refueling tanker, the U.S. Air Force has begun formally accepting the KC-46A Pegasus. This is, as the Air Force stated Thursday, a major milestone for the program. [Read More...]
U.S. Army’s Latest Aviation Plan Prioritizes Replacement Of Cold War Scout & Assault Helicopters (From Forbes) After considerable reflection and multiple false starts, the Army has settled on a roadmap for modernizing its fleet of combat helicopters. It will develop a new scout helicopter, a successor to the Black Hawk utility helicopter, and an unmanned aerial [Read More...]
White House, Congress Transform Security Clearance System As Massive Backlog Begins To Shrink (From Forbes) The federal system for awarding security clearances was in disarray when President Trump was inaugurated. An Obama-era decision to terminate the contract of the company conducting most of the government’s background checks led to long delays in completing investigations. Within [Read More...]
Bury Part Of The Wall (From RealClearDefense) President Trump has said that without the wall there is no border security and that “the Tech ‘stuff’ is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles.” He is correct, at least in part. Walls work. The U.S. southern border needs [Read More...]
WATCH: Dr. Dan Goure Discusses Gen. Mark Milley’s Promotion To Chairman Of Joint Chiefs On ABC7  In an appearance on ABC7’s Government Matters on January 2, Lexington Institute Senior Vice President Dr. Dan Goure explained the circumstances surrounding President Trump’s upcoming elevation of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to Chairman of the Joint [Read More...]
Army’s Decision On Huge Helicopter Engine Program Will Impact GE, Honeywell, United Technologies (From Forbes) After a dozen years of research and reflection, the U.S. Army is ready to select a design to replace the engines in its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. Whether it picks the GE or the Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney offering, it [Read More...]
Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan Engine Has Had A Very Good Year (From Forbes) 2018 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary Geared Turbofan. Pratt spent $10 billion and 20 years refining the technology, and 2018 was the year in which that investment began paying off in the [Read More...]
U.S. Needs a Robust, Lethal Amphibious Fleet for Global Operations (From RealClearDefense) The return to major power competition and the new focus on multi-domain operations has altered the role of the Marine Corps and amphibious ships. It’s a change in the way Washington views Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare, and it has ramifications [Read More...]
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