Defense

Japan’s Rethink Of Aegis Ashore Could Tie Up Navy, Increase Costs And Cause Delays (From Forbes) On June 15, Japan’s defense minister surprised Washington by suspending work on Aegis Ashore, a system designed to defend the home islands against a North Korean missile attack. Apparently Tokyo will need to craft a modified plan that minimizes the [Read More...]
Army Breakthroughs In Long Range Fires Raise Novel Questions About Targeting, Organization & Command (From Forbes) The U.S. Army’s top modernization priority is increasing the range and lethality of its fires. That effort is going so well that it is now generating options for the future beyond what would have been imaginable a decade or two [Read More...]
Ten Performance Gains The Ford-Class Carrier Will Deliver That A Nimitz Never Can (From Forbes) The USS Gerald R. Ford, lead ship in a new generation of large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, is a lot more capable than the Nimitz class which it will replace. It can launch a third more aircraft sorties each day, including [Read More...]
Election-Year Attacks On Big Tech Will Undercut Peace And Prosperity (From RealClearDefense) It’s election season. Politicians at both the federal and state levels are looking for ways of bolstering their reelection prospects. One way of doing this is to stage public spectacles, the modern version of ancient Rome’s gladiatorial games, designed to [Read More...]
Impact Of Pentagon Weapons Spending On Jobs (And Votes) In Four Battleground States (From Forbes) U.S. presidential elections tend to be decided by small numbers of voters in a handful of battleground states. Partisan sentiment is so evenly split in those states that seemingly minor factors can decide who wins all of a state’s electoral [Read More...]
The Pandemic and Populism’s Ravages In Latin America (From Forbes) It has been noted that countries with authoritarian or semi-authoritarian leadership are more likely to become COVID-19 hotspots for longer amounts of time than their liberal-democratic counterparts. The same pattern rings true in Latin America: Authoritarian leadership is one of [Read More...]
Aerojet Concentrates Solid Rocket Motor Work At Camden, Arkansas In Bid To Bolster Competitive Positioning (From Forbes) Aerojet Rocketdyne has shifted production of large solid rocket motors to Camden, Arkansas from its heritage headquarters site in Sacramento, California. Camden isn’t the most likely place to locate a hub of aerospace innovation, but that is what the company [Read More...]
The Growth Of China Is A Danger To Future U.S. Defense Throughout history, China has been recognized as one of the most powerful nations to exist on this planet. Dominance in the spice trade and the control over the Silk Road placed the Chinese Empire at a great economic advantage for [Read More...]
Why Boeing Believes It Will Win The Competition To Supply Heavy-Lift Helicopters To Germany And Israel (From Forbes) The Boeing Company is competing head-to-head with the Sikorsky unit of Lockheed Martin to supply a new generation of heavy lift helicopters to Germany and Israel. Both countries are looking to replace aged CH-53D helicopters, which in effect makes Sikorsky [Read More...]
The U.S. Should Propose Selling Tanks To Poland (From RealClearDefense) Poland has become a major factor in NATO’s defense plans. Located along the Alliance’s eastern flank, close to Russia, Poland today and in the future will play the same role for NATO that West Germany did during the decades of [Read More...]
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