Defense

Army Risks Election Fallout As It Slashes “Lower Priority” Weapons Programs (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is struggling to modernize its warfighting systems despite inadequate funding. One solution is to use lower-priority programs as bill-payers for the most critical modernization initiatives. But that puts the Army crosswise with President Trump’s reelection campaign, because [Read More...]
Poland Is Becoming America’s Key NATO Ally (From Defense News) Following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine, the U.S. began a process of returning military forces to Europe and pressing its NATO allies to increase their defense expenditures and armed forces. West Germany was once the [Read More...]
Army Stryker Turret Competition: Another Acquisition Setback? (From RealClearDefense) Last month, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Dr. Bruce Jette, canceled one of the Army’s most important modernization programs, the competition to build the Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV). This decision must be seen as [Read More...]
Why Pratt & Whitney’s F135 Fighter Engine Will Be The Most Important Military Franchise Raytheon Technologies Owns (From Forbes) When United Technologies and Raytheon combine later this year, the latter company will contribute most of the future military revenues. However, it is the Pratt & Whitney unit of United Technologies that will provide the enterprise’s most valuable military franchise. [Read More...]
Why Boeing’s T-7 Red Hawk Trainer Is Shaping Up To Be A Breakthrough Success For The U.S. Air Force (From Forbes) When Boeing won the competition to develop the Air Force’s future training system in 2018, many observers were amazed at how low the price was. It turns out that low price is just the beginning of what makes the program, [Read More...]
Secrecy Shrouds Much Of The Air Force’s Latest Budget (from Forbes) The U.S. Air Force on Monday unveiled a proposed 2021 budget seeking $63 billion for investment in new warfighting technology, including for the recently created Space Force. It appears to be a very well thought-through approach to preparing the two [Read More...]
How Pentagon Weapons Spending Can Help (Or Hurt) President Trump’s Reelection Prospects (From Forbes) The Pentagon is one of the biggest consumers of manufactured products in the world, which makes weapons spending a potent political tool.  In fact, in swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, it is conceivable that Pentagon weapons outlays [Read More...]
Critical Infrastructure Companies Need To Better Protect Their Operational Technologies (From RealClearDefense) Cybersecurity is the set of practices, processes and systems for protecting Information Technologies (IT), which consists of computers, networks, software and stored information, from digital attack. Billions are spent annually to defend governmental, corporate, and personal IT from cyber intrusion. [Read More...]
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Keynote Address At Department of Justice’s China Initiative Conference U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave an unusual speech on February 6 that made the national security case for exactly how the United States should counter China on 5G, which promises to be the enabler of a host of futuristic [Read More...]
U.S. Indifference Has Helped China Gain A Foothold In Brazil (From RealClearDefense) Even without the recent drift in Venezuela, it should be obvious Washington needs to pay closer attention to security concerns in Central and South America. The Trump administration’s focus elsewhere (the Middle East, East Asia) has helped China to gain [Read More...]
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