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No Way Out: Why Nuclear Modernization Is Necessary (In Six Slides) (From Forbes) Last week I participated in an online panel about nuclear modernization. My presentation focused on six slides that summarize why the U.S. has no choice but to modernize its triad of nuclear weapons. The argument comes down to this: (1) [Read More...]
U.S. Companies Can Help Friends And Allies Improve Their Border Security Countries around the world are being challenged to secure their borders, natural resources and territorial sovereignty. A priority over the last year has been preventing the movement of people infected with the COVID-19 virus. But long standing problems seem to [Read More...]
Geospatial Intelligence Could Offer Blueprint For Protecting National Security Through Technological Leadership (From C4ISRNET) Geospatial intelligence–mainly imagery generated from satellites–is uniquely useful to a wide range of users. However, after years of leading the world in GEOINT technology, the United States has begun to fall behind. The good news is that this problem can [Read More...]
China Sanctions Could Complicate Reengining Of B-52 Bomber (From Forbes) The Air Force plans to upgrade its venerable B-52 bombers for 30 more years of service. The most challenging facet of the upgrades is installing more fuel-efficient and reliable turbofan engines. Each plane has eight engines. The service has four [Read More...]
Five Issues Washington Should Consider In Reviewing A Lockheed-Aerojet Merger (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin wants to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne, one of only two major producers of rocket engines in the U.S. The government approved a similar merger of Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK three years ago, so it’s hard to see what [Read More...]
The Five Most Important Facts About The F-35 Fighter (From Forbes) A quarter-century after the Clinton administration first conceived the “joint strike fighter,” it has turned into a smashing success. Hundreds are in operation with ten air forces around the world, with many, many more to come. But that doesn’t mean [Read More...]
Comply-To-Connect Is On Track To Provide Key Capabilities For The Defense Of Government And Private Networks (From RealClearDefense) The SolarWinds supply chain attack exposed vulnerabilities in major commercial and public-sector enterprises, including the U.S. Treasury and the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Commerce and Defense. What is lacking in most organizations, inter alia, is the ability to determine [Read More...]
Report: Biden Needs To Protect U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Industry, Or It May Soon Be Gone (From Forbes) The U.S. remote sensing industry is in danger of being wiped out by foreign competition. Known in military circles as geospatial intelligence, the industry’s products are vital to commercial and government users alike. But as the rest of the world [Read More...]
GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE: A Test Case For Washington’s Emerging Industrial Policy Findings in Brief  Read the full report as a PDF here.  The commercial geospatial-intelligence industry is growing rapidly. However, most of the growth is happening outside the United States, where foreign providers are matching and surpassing the offerings U.S. companies. [Read More...]
Why Nuclear Arms Control Won’t Work Without New Weapons (From Forbes) President Biden has extended the New START nuclear arms control agreement for five more years, to 2026. That’s a good thing in terms of fostering a stable nuclear balance between America and Russia. However, the stability enshrined in New START [Read More...]
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