Defense Acquisition: Protect The Parts That Work Issue Brief The Bush Administration came to office determined to reform the defense acquisition process. It took too long to get new hardware into the field, weapons were often out of date by the time they were fielded and the [Read More...]
“Buy American” is Bad for America Issue Brief If you’ve never read The Federalist and were curious why the Founding Fathers thought Congress should have two chambers rather than one, there’s a clinical case-study of what concerned them unfolding right now in the U.S. House of [Read More...]
The Hidden Dangers Of Networked Warfare Issue Brief “Network-centric warfare” is the greatest military innovation of this generation. All the armed forces are being linked in a wireless web that will enable them to instantly assimilate and act on information from diverse sources. The resulting gains [Read More...]
Putting A Stop To The Issue Brief A modern day “gold rush” fever is threatening to overwhelm good sense and the acquisition process. DoD is being inundated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle concepts, often systems built of nothing but viewgraphs, that are in some notable cases [Read More...]
Keep Raptor On Track Issue Brief Isn’t it a relief to have Republicans running the Pentagon, since they’re the only party that has demonstrated a commitment to modernizing U.S. military forces? Just kidding. It wasn’t Democrats who cut the B-2 bomber program from 132 [Read More...]
Tanker Lease is Answer Letter to the Editor of Defense News To the Editor: Your editorial of May 19 (“The Case for Leasing”) was a perfect exposition of the issues surrounding replacement of aging Air Force tankers. I could not agree more with the [Read More...]
Marine Vertical Agility: Real Transformation, Right Now Issue Brief Victory, Count Ciano said, finds a hundred fathers (defeat is an orphan). So it must be a sure sign of bureaucratic victory that all the armed services are claiming credit for inventing military transformation. Transformation — the application [Read More...]
Reflections on the Alliance Lunch 1.On May 13, Lexington Institute sponsored a luncheon meeting of a dozen experts to discuss the future of alliances. Without trying to characterize the content of the whole meeting, I would like to note three interesting issues that arose. Because [Read More...]
Iraq Campaign Underscores Value Of Jumpjets Issue Brief The military services are rushing to complete assessments of what lessons can be learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, before defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld draws his own (less congenial) conclusions. Some service findings are likely to be controversial, such [Read More...]
Why Allies? Which Allies? Issue Brief Does the United States need allies in the 21st Century? If so, what kind of allies does it require? Although the United States has collaborated with many nations throughout its history, including in pursuit of its independence, the [Read More...]
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