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...]
Order of Battle for Tomorrow’s Wars Article Published in The Wall Street Journal Andrew Krepinevich’s Sept. 1 editorial-page essay “Ready for the Wrong War” offered important insights into the flaws in current defense strategy. His core thesis – that future adversaries will acquire long-range missiles and [Read More...]
Prowler Has Role Article Published in the Defense News Luke Hill’s article, “Mock Air Wars Test NATO Gear Against Russian Battery,” in the Aug. 28 issue, was quite illuminating. Apparently, policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic have belatedly realized it was a [Read More...]
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...]
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