Five Problems That Could Torpedo America’s Naval Shipbuilding Capability (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilders are currently awash in business thanks to a sizable increase in the Pentagon budget under President Trump. However, defense buildups typically don’t last long, whereas some of the the naval shipbuilding sector’s problems have been chronic [Read More...]
Trump: Administration To Review Pentagon Computer Contract (From Associated Press) Lexington Institute’s Daniel Goure comments on Matt O’Brien’s and Darlene Superville’s article for the Associated Press on Trump plan to review a contract the Pentagon is awarding for the Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI). There have been [Read More...]
How To Protect The Growing Internet Of Battlefield Things (From Fifth Domain) Soon, everything and everyone on the battlefield will be connected, often carrying multiple sensors, computers and communications devices. This emerging Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) will transform the American way of war. But at the same time, it could create [Read More...]
Congress Should Fully Fund The Air Force’s Long-Overdue Competition For A Safer Ejection Seat (From Forbes) The Air Force determined in 2010 that its combat pilots needed better ejection seats for coping with on-board emergencies. Heavier headgear was increasing the neck and head stress associated with ejections, while an increasingly diverse population of cockpit occupants didn’t [Read More...]
‘Nobody’s Smoother’: Trump Defense Secretary Nominee Fully Prepared For Senate Showdown (From The Washington Times) Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson comments on the nomination of Mark Esper for Secretary of Defense, and the vote ahead in the Senate to confirm him in Ben Wolfgang’s article for The Washington Times. “Nobody’s smoother,” said Thompson. “The difference between [Read More...]
The Warfighters Need a War Cloud Now (From RealClearDefense) Advances in networking and computing are driving modern warfare away from its centuries-old segmentation based on domains – land, sea, air, outer space and, most recently, cyber – and towards what has been called multi-domain operations (MDO). To win a [Read More...]
Five Basic Facts About Boeing Missing From Coverage Of The 737 MAX Story (From Forbes) Loss of two 737 MAX jetliners has unleashed a media assault against Boeing, maker of the planes. Some of the issues raised in the reporting are important, but much of it is herd-instinct overkill.  The most important angle that is [Read More...]
Analyst: Boeing’s MAX Pains A Threat To U.S. Economy (From Wichita Business Journal) Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson and his recent column for Forbes are referenced in Daniel McCoy’s article for Wichita Business Journal on Boeing’s economic impact. “Lawmakers and journalists need to understand that the crisis surrounding the 737 MAX isn’t just Boeing’s [Read More...]
JEDI: How We Got Here (From Federal Times) Lexington Institute’s Dan Goure comments on the Pentagon’s JEDI contract in an article for the Federal Times. “You could see these kind of global commands and global operations making use of JEDI fairly early on, the logistics people making use [Read More...]
Amazon, Microsoft Wage War Over The Pentagon’s ‘War Cloud’ (From Associated Press) Lexington Institute’s Daniel Goure comments on the fight surrounding the Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) plan for Matt O’Brien’s Associated Press article. “This is not your grandfather’s internet,” said Goure. “You’re talking about a cloud where you [Read More...]
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