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The Marine Corps’ New Way Of Operating Will Still Require The LCAC And SSC (From RealClearDefense) The Marine Corp is looking to transform itself. In his Planning Guidance, the Commandant, General David Berger, lays out a vision for his Service to make it more relevant to meeting the military challenges associated with great power competition. Making [Read More...]
Boeing’s Philly Rotorcraft Plant Faces A Difficult Decade As Army, Marines Shift To New Priorities (From Forbes) The biggest industrial employer in Southeastern Pennsylvania is facing an uncertain future thanks to the Trump Pentagon. The two top rotorcraft programs at Boeing Vertical’s headquarters in suburban Philadelphia are both likely to see declining demand in the near future [Read More...]
U.S. CBP Deploying Advanced Surveillance Technologies To Secure The Border President Trump’s wall has received the overwhelming amount of public attention in discussions of security on the Southwest border. The focus has been on the idea of a physical wall. However, the responsible federal agency, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol [Read More...]
The Logic Of ICBMs, And Why A President Biden Is Certain To Agree (From Forbes) There has been media commentary of late suggesting that Joe Biden might slow modernization of U.S. ICBMs if he is elected president. That is not going to happen. The plan to replace 50-year-old Minuteman III missiles originated in the Obama [Read More...]
Is the F-35 in the UAE’s Future? (From RealClearDefense) The normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a big deal. There are reports that other Persian Gulf and Arab nations may soon follow. Could this political shift be followed by a major change in [Read More...]
Distributed Sensing: The Key to Successful Air And Missile Defenses (From The National Interest) For more than two centuries, the U.S. military has practiced a particular style in warfare, which some have called the American Way of War. This method tends to focus on attrition and annihilation. It depends on the creation of material [Read More...]
U.S. Navy Mounts Campaign To Convince Congress That Unmanned Vessels Are Critical To Winning Future Wars (From Forbes) Unmanned systems are one of the Navy’s top modernization priorities, but it seems the air vehicles are faring better on Capitol Hill than vessels in the water. Congress has repeatedly rebuffed or revised Navy requests for funding in a way [Read More...]
Japan’s Rethink Of Aegis Ashore Could Tie Up Navy, Increase Costs And Cause Delays (From Forbes) On June 15, Japan’s defense minister surprised Washington by suspending work on Aegis Ashore, a system designed to defend the home islands against a North Korean missile attack. Apparently Tokyo will need to craft a modified plan that minimizes the [Read More...]
Army Breakthroughs In Long Range Fires Raise Novel Questions About Targeting, Organization & Command (From Forbes) The U.S. Army’s top modernization priority is increasing the range and lethality of its fires. That effort is going so well that it is now generating options for the future beyond what would have been imaginable a decade or two [Read More...]
Ten Performance Gains The Ford-Class Carrier Will Deliver That A Nimitz Never Can (From Forbes) The USS Gerald R. Ford, lead ship in a new generation of large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, is a lot more capable than the Nimitz class which it will replace. It can launch a third more aircraft sorties each day, including [Read More...]
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