Defense

President Trump Visits The Last Tank Plant In America, Which He Helped Save (From Forbes) The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center at Lima, Ohio is the last factory in the United States capable of building main battle tanks.  President Trump is visiting there this week to highlight his military plans and efforts to revitalize American manufacturing.  [Read More...]
US Missile Defense Breakthrough: Navy Ships to Destroy Enemy ICBMs (From Warrior Maven) The Pentagon plans a “first-of-its-kind” test of an unprecedented weapons capability to intercept and destroy an enemy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile *ICBM” — from a Navy ship at sea using a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The concept, as articulated by Pentagon [Read More...]
Plan To Retire USS Truman Early Makes No Sense–Which Is Why The Navy Doesn’t Really Want To Do It (From Forbes) Congress is pushing back on the wrongheaded proposal to retire one of the Navy’s large-deck aircraft carriers prematurely. That probably won’t upset the sea service, which was pressured by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to reduce the carrier [Read More...]
From Out Of The Skies: The Revolution In Precision Airdrop Delivery Since the advent of military aviation, armies and air forces have been working on ever more sophisticated ways of airdropping personnel and supplies from moving aircraft. While the largest air landing operations were in World War Two, they have been [Read More...]
Raytheon’s Case For Building Army Radar Grounded In Deep Knowledge of GaN Technology (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is accelerating its search for a new Patriot air defense radar that can detect diverse threats approaching from any direction at any altitude. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon will compete in a “sense-off” this spring to [Read More...]
The Abrams Tank Going “Nowhere” Soon – To Fight Into The 2030s And Beyond (From Warrior Maven) — Kris Osborn is a Senior Fellow at The Lexington Institute — Should a mechanized column of heavily armored Russian vehicles launch an aggressive, forward-leaning assault into Eastern Europe 10 years from now, complete with air and artillery support – [Read More...]
Warship Worries: Does The U.S. Navy Really Need A New Large Surface Combatant? (From National Interest) The U.S. Navy wants to acquire a new large surface combatant (LSC). The question is why? Ostensibly, the LSC will replace the aging Ticonderoga-class cruisers and possibly supersede the Arleigh Burke DDG-51 destroyers. It is supposed to be larger than [Read More...]
Next Generation Air Warfare Will Require New Aerial Refueling Capabilities (From Warrior Maven) Air-to-air refueling is the capability that allows airpower to achieve both reach and persistence. From the early days of flight, clever engineers worked on ways to refuel aircraft in flight. The dominant airpower nations are those that invested in aerial [Read More...]
Heather Wilson Was Uniquely Qualified To Be Air Force Secretary. So Why Is She Leaving? (From Forbes) Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson disclosed on March 8 that she will likely leave government service in May to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. It isn’t hard to understand the attraction of running [Read More...]
Pentagon May Come To Regret Prioritizing R&D Spending Over Weapons It Needs Now (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s annual military spending has increased $100 billion over the last three years, with the biggest percentage increases coming in weapons accounts. Somehow, though, the rate at which key warfighting systems are being bought has not increased. In some [Read More...]
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