Defense

Gamechanger For U.S. Navy Against China: New Anti-Ship Missile Dramatically Boosts Firepower (From Forbes) Many of the U.S. Navy’s surface combatants lack the capability to engage hostile warships. That capability hasn’t been needed much since the Cold War ended, but now China is surging in the Western Pacific and the Navy must respond. One [Read More...]
Ten Reasons A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Is One Of The Safest Places To Be In A War (From Forbes) Large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are the signature expression of U.S. military power. However, many pundits seem to think they are becoming more vulnerable to disabling attacks. In fact, the opposite is probably true. Carriers are always moving, they have unlimited [Read More...]
Navy Plans To Shoot Nuclear Missile From New Columbia-Class Sub (From Fox News) Almost nobody knows where they are at any given time, yet nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines quietly patrol dark domains of the undersea realm in strategically vital waters around the globe, bringing the prospect of unprecedented destruction upon potential enemies — [Read More...]
A Smart Acquisition Strategy That Can Revitalize the U.S. Amphibious Warfare Fleet (From RealClearDefense) The Nation’s amphibious warfare fleet is in need of revitalization through the acquisition of new, more capable ships faster. U.S. amphibious warfare forces are this country’s first line of defense. The Navy and Marine Corps want both to increase the [Read More...]
The Jones Act: Critical to U.S. Shipbuilding, Or an Outdated Burden on U.S. Consumers? (From The National Interest) Earlier this month, President Donald Trump demonstrated his commitment to a strong U.S. economy, to job growth and to national security by the simple act of refusing to sign a waiver to the Jones Act that would have permitted foreign-flagged [Read More...]
How Boeing Got Here: It’s Not The Story You Have Been Hearing Lately (From Forbes) Boeing, the biggest aerospace enterprise in history, is facing a crisis due to two accidents involving its 737 jetliner. The media coverage has been merciless. Perhaps some historical perspective is needed on what Boeing has meant for America. For starters, [Read More...]
Jones Act Vital To Keeping America Safe | Opinion (The Inquirer) An article on the Jones Act for The Inquirer references Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson’s October 2017 column for Forbes. As Thompson writes, “the bottom line is the Jones Act provides major national security benefits that critics seldom acknowledge.” Read the [Read More...]
The F-35 Isn’t Just ‘Stealthy’: Here’s How Its Electronic Warfare System Gives It An Edge (From Forbes) Just about everybody who follows military affairs knows that the tri-service F-35 fighter is stealthy — in other words, it is nearly impossible to track using radar. What many observers do not realize is that F-35 is also equipped with [Read More...]
Navy/Raytheon SPY-6 Radar Boosts Sea-Based Defense Against Ballistic, Hypersonic Threats (From Forbes) This week Raytheon delivered the first SPY-6 radar that it has been developing since 2013 for the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke destroyers. It is a true breakthrough, using new materials and modular design concepts to provide a three-fold gain in [Read More...]
The Pentagon Is Finally Getting a New Defense Secretary (Foreign Policy) Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson comments on the nomination of Patrick Shanahan in an article for Foreign Policy. “It is hard to form a cohesive team when you aren’t certain who the leader is going to be. Once Shanahan is confirmed [Read More...]
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