What the Air Force Needs from the Next Quadrennial Review Issue Brief The U.S. Air Force has awakened from the Clinton Administration’s “procurement holiday” with a massive hangover. Almost everything it owns is aging rapidly, and needs to be replaced. Like the other services, it is looking for relief in [Read More...]
Air Force Needs B-2s Article Published in the Defense News Michael Vickers’ compelling commentary on bomber modernization, “Bolster the B-2 Fleet Now,” in the Oct 23 issue, left me feeling both sad and angry. Sad that the U.S. Air Force has undermined so thoroughly [Read More...]
Coast Guard Key Player in Homeland Defense Issue Brief The proliferation and potential use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is considered by U.S. policy leaders to be one of the greatest threats to U.S. security in the future, whether delivered from abroad – via missiles, for [Read More...]
Coast Guard Part of National Readiness Equation Issue Brief On Sept. 27, the House Armed Services Committee held hearings with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ascertain the state of military readiness. Absent from the hearings was a representative of the Coast Guard. Even though the service [Read More...]
Is the U.S. Military Ready to Meet Future Threat? Article Published in the Pensacola News Journal Al Gore says America’s military is the best in the world. George Bush, Jr. says America’s military is in decline. Who should you believe? You should believe both, because they’re both right. The [Read More...]
Alternatives to New Submarines: Two Awful Ideas Issue Brief Over the past ten years the number of attack submarines in the U.S. fleet has declined 40%. Meanwhile, the amount of secret intelligence-gathering the sub force has been asked to perform has doubled. Even though two-thirds of all [Read More...]
Bring the Marine Prowlers Home Major Hofer provides important insights into the tug-of-war between regional commander-in-chiefs and Marine air-ground task-force commanders concerning who shall have primary claim to EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft. He correctly identifies the main cause of the problem: a failure by [Read More...]
The Real “Readiness” Gap Issue Brief The Washington Post introduced a much-needed note of realism into the election-year debate of military preparedness on September 24 when it published an editorial entitled “Mismatch in Defense.” It cited a Congressional Budget Office estimate that in order [Read More...]
A Decade of Decision Looms for Undersea Fleet Issue Brief The charts at the bottom of the page tell a striking story of the fate that has befallen America’s attack- submarine fleet in the post-communist era. Attack subs are the boats that carry out every undersea mission except [Read More...]
The Price of the Pax Americana Article Published in The Wall Street Journal Historical analogies are never exact, but it seems clear that the U.S. is today in a position similar to that of Great Britain in the 19th century. We are currently in the business [Read More...]
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