Five Existential Challenges Facing Elon Musk’s SpaceX (From Forbes) SpaceX has transformed the commercial space market, accomplishing feats not previously thought possible for a privately-held company. However, the jury is still out concerning whether the company has a sustainable business strategy. There are at least five challenges that might [Read More...]
Why General Mark Milley and Why Now? (From RealClearDefense) At Saturday’s Army-Navy Game, President Donald Trump took the unusual step of announcing that he would be nominating the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Mark Milley to replace the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine [Read More...]
Space Race: How The Air Force Can Respond Faster As China, Russia Threaten U.S. Orbital Systems (From Forbes) These are worrisome times for America’s space warriors. Russia and China are developing diverse ways of degrading or destroying U.S. national-security spacecraft, and the Air Force must respond. It can’t do things the old way, because that will take too [Read More...]
Is IBCS Another ‘Too Big To Succeed’ Army Program? (From RealClearDefense) Nobody can accuse the Army’s acquisition system of thinking small. The Army has a nearly three-decades-long history of inventing massive, highly integrated and extremely complex modernization programs that go through years of research and development, cost billions of dollars and, [Read More...]
Trump Says U.S. Defense Spending Is “Crazy.” It May Signal An Important Shift. (From Forbes) President Trump shocked the defense establishment Monday by describing the current level of U.S. defense spending as “crazy,” and calling for a halt to what he characterized as an “uncontrollable arms race.” Official Washington is accustomed to dismissing such tweets [Read More...]
A Stealthy Anti-Ship Missile Could Help U.S. Turn The Table On Chinese Navy (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy faces a tough challenge in containing Chinese military forces in the Western Pacific, in part because it has under-funded anti-ship weapons since the Cold War ended.  But it is about to get a potent new weapon called [Read More...]
Delay In U.S. Army Upgrade Of Chinook Helicopter Would Devastate Boeing Workforce In Pennsylvania (From Forbes) The Boeing helicopter plant in Ridley Township, PA is one of the last vestiges of heavy industry in the lower Delaware Valley. But it could suffer a devastating blow if the Army goes forward with a proposal to delay production [Read More...]
As Defense Budgets Tighten, A New Engine Is Critical To Us Army Aviation’s Future (From DefenseNews) The U.S. Army needs to plan for flat or even declining defense budgets. One area that would be particularly hard-hit if budgets tighten is Army aviation. The Army currently operates some 2,000 Black Hawk and Apache helicopters, both which are [Read More...]
Air Force Push For Better Pilot Protection Upsets Competitive Landscape In Ejection Seats (From Forbes) As the Air Force’s flying community becomes more diverse and its headgear becomes heavier, the service is seeking to improve the protection provided to combat pilots by ejection seats. Ejection seats have saved hundreds of lives, but they subject the [Read More...]
The Pentagon’s Move To The Cloud Is Right But Presents Unique Challenges (From RealClearDefense) Moving government IT activities to the cloud is imperative. Operating in the cloud holds out the promise of improved cybersecurity, better data management and information sharing, faster access to cutting-edge technologies and reduced costs. Yet, despite the top-down pressure to [Read More...]
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