Defense

Airborne Laser: A Ray of Hope for Missile Defense Issue Brief These are strange days for supporters of national missile defense. After years of resisting any defensive deployments, the Clinton Administration has acknowledged the need for some protection against rogue-state missiles. However, the range of disagreement between Democrats and [Read More...]
Coast Guard Should Be Key Focus for QDR Issue Brief Of the world’s 41 recognized maritime fleets, the one ranked at No. 37 in age puts to sea daily with aged ships and planes, out-of-date communications gear and nearly obsolete sensors. This fleet must protect the coastlines and [Read More...]
A War Every Day: The Coast Guard’s new frontier in the war on drugs Article Published in the Seapower “It just goes to show you that we can get the job done if we have the money to do it,” said Coast Guard Food Service Specialist Third Class Victor Rivera as he flipped through [Read More...]
Drug Wars Fueling Demand for New Coast Guard Ships Article Published in the National Defense Recent reports from Washington claim that the war on drugs is in danger of taking a turn for the worst at the source — in Colombia, where the government struggles to come up with [Read More...]
Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Access Problem Ignored Issue Brief A conservative think tank called The Project for the New American Century has completed a two-year study of U.S. defense needs. It is issuing a report entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” that clearly is aimed at influencing the next [Read More...]
Navy Must Sell Congress on Intranet System Article Published in the Federal Times The House Armed Services Committee recently put a shot across the Navy’s bow regarding service plans to build its own version of the Internet, and the warning has the service looking for ways to [Read More...]
Missile Defense Neglected Fundamentals Issue Brief There’s a growing debate about missile defense in the national media. Much of it is recycled from debates in the 1960’s (Sentinel/Safeguard) and 1980’s (Star Wars). Missile defense, it is said, may “destabilize” the nuclear balance or lead [Read More...]
Joint Strike Fighter Opportunity Costs Issue Brief The biggest program in the Pentagon’s weapons-purchasing plan for the next 20 years is the Joint Strike Fighter. The Clinton Administration wants to buy 2,852 of the stealthy fighter-bombers in three different versions for the Air Force, Navy [Read More...]
Joint Strike Fighter: An “Opportunity” to be Avoided Issue Brief If you want to understand why defense stocks often trade at a discount to other equities, take a look at the Joint Strike Fighter. The $220 billion program is supposed to replace Air Force F-16’s, Navy F/A-18’s and [Read More...]
JSTARS: Military has the ‘Eyesight’, But Where’s the Foresight? Issue Brief Imagine if the Union Army had possessed the technical means to “see” from the farmlands of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. President Abraham Lincoln’s military commanders could have monitored the movements of Gen. Robert [Read More...]
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