Defense

Why the Navy Needs To Speed Backfit Of Its SPY-6 Super Radar On Destroyers (From Forbes) Raytheon has developed a modular radar for the U.S. Navy that will greatly enhance defense against airborne and ballistic threats.  Officially designated as SPY-6, the radar comes in multiple variants for different warship types, depending on how much power, cooling [Read More...]
Inside The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Secret Next Generation Interceptor (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency has issued solicitations for a future interceptor capable of defeating long-range nuclear warheads. It would replace the current ground-based interceptor that is part of the only defensive system the U.S. has for protecting the American [Read More...]
The Implications Of Fifth-Generation Aircraft For Transatlantic Airpower: A Primer (From The Atlantic Council) Modern warfare is undergoing a transformation as broad and complex as that which occurred in the first half of the twentieth century. To the three classic domains of warfare—land, sea, and air—space and cyber have been added. Military systems in [Read More...]
Fighting Corruption In The Former Soviet Republics Is Critical To Western Security (From The National Interest) The recent conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky has generated renewed interest in the subject of the fight against corruption in the former Soviet Republics (FSRs) and Moscow’s erstwhile allies, often referred to as post-Soviet states in Europe. [Read More...]
What USTR and Boeing Want From Europe To End The Tariffs (From Forbes) There’s an easy way for European governments to avoid the tariffs that the U.S. Trade Representative is threatening to levy in response to illegal aircraft subsidies. All they have to do is kill the subsidies and bring their behavior into [Read More...]
Pentagon’s Next-Gen Missile Defense Plan Could Leave U.S. Poorly Protected For Years (From Forbes) The U.S. military only has one program capable of intercepting long-range ballistic missiles aimed at America. It is called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, and it is not in good shape. Many years of under-investment have left GMD in [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Air Force’s Digital Century Series Is Doomed To Failure (From Forbes) The Air Force’s tech chief, Will Roper, is pushing a plan to develop future aircraft in small numbers on greatly compressed schedules. Using digital engineering and other innovations, he wants to acquire tactical aircraft in a few years that would [Read More...]
Electronic Warfare Is Becoming The Most Lethal Counter Drone Technology (From RealClearDefense) There is a new urgency to the search for cost-effective counters to the growing threat posed by unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. Large, high-flying UASs can be countered by anti-aircraft systems, although this is an expensive solution. But new [Read More...]
What Weapons Will The Air Force Kill In Its 2021 Budget? (From Forbes) The Air Force has reviewed all of its programs — over a thousand projects — with an eye to determining whether they fit with the Trump national defense strategy. The items that don’t fit will become bill-payers for new projects [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin Offers To Shoulder Risks On F-35 Maintenance With Fixed-Price, Performance-Based Contract (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin is proposing to assume most of the risk for sustaining the tri-service F-35 fighter. Under an offer presented to the Pentagon in August, the company would reach and exceed fleet readiness of 80% by 2025 for a fixed [Read More...]
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