Defense

Land Warfare: Heavy Metal Has a Future Issue Brief Defense intellectuals have a way of making everything sound too complicated. Consider the notion of “asymmetric” threats. The term came into vogue in the mid-1990’s to describe aggressors who compete in niche areas such as chemical weapons or [Read More...]
Military Transformation: The Danger of Convenient Ideas Issue Brief In America’s centennial year of 1876, barely a decade after it had enrolled over a million soldiers in its ranks, the U.S. Army was cut to a postwar low of 24,000 personnel — in a nation of 46 [Read More...]
Comanche Chopper is Vital to Objective Force Article Published in the Army Times The heart and soul of the Army’s plan to transform itself into a 21st Century force, its so-called Objective Force, is the Future Combat System (FCS). As described in Army publications and briefings, the [Read More...]
The Myth of Aircraft Carrier Vulnerability Research Study On the eve of America’s entry into World War One, Senator Hiram Johnson warned that “the first casualty when war comes is truth.” It turns out that the truth about some military programs is obscure even in peacetime. [Read More...]
Air Power’s Proponents May Be Its Biggest Problem Issue Brief You don’t need to be a Pentagon insider to know where the Rumsfeld defense review is headed. It’s going to nudge the military’s force posture in the direction of aerospace and sea power, at the expense of ground [Read More...]
The Limits of Transformation Op Ed The Washington Post Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has surprised almost everyone in the Pentagon by taking seriously President Bush’s campaign rhetoric about the need to transform the military. The conventional wisdom among defense pundits (including me) was that [Read More...]
Army Leads Transformation Article Published in the Defense News For almost a decade now, the central focus of defense planning in the U.S. and the source of innumerable articles, has been how to transform the military that won the Cold War into a [Read More...]
Key Challenges Confronting Naval Shipbuilding II Research Study The Navy’s shipbuilding budget is underfunded. As a result, the service is only building enough vessels to sustain a 200-ship fleet over the long run, rather than the 300 ships called for in the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review. [Read More...]
Naval Air Power, 2001 Research Study The U.S. Navy’s twelve aircraft carriers and ten carrier air wings are the most powerful expression of American military might in the post-communist era. Combined with other sea-based forces, they have the capacity to sustain prolonged and lethal [Read More...]
Key Choices Confronting Naval Shipbuilding I Research Study Aside from aging aircraft, shipbuilding is the biggest question mark in the new administration’s military investment plans. The 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review recommended a naval force structure of about 300 surface ships and submarines, supposedly the number needed [Read More...]
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