Defense

Hypersonic Weapons Really Matter to U.S. Deterrence of Russia (From RealClearDefense) Hypersonic weapons could dramatically change the balance of conventional military power between the United States and its major competitors, Russia, and China. Russia is investing heavily in hypersonic systems and is on the verge of deploying a variety ...
Taiwan Tripwire: A New Role For The U.S. Army In Deterring Chinese Aggression (From Forbes) A potential Chinese occupation of Taiwan has become the most pressing concern facing U.S. military commanders in the Western Pacific. Washington needs to raise the stakes for Beijing in a way that more effectively deters aggression against the island n ...
Lockheed Martin And Aerojet: A Merger That Will Make The U.S. Military Stronger (From National Interest) Lockheed Martin is seeking to acquire propulsion innovator Aerojet Rocketdyne, in a deal similar to Northrop Grumman's 2018 acquisition of Orbital ATK. The Federal Trade Commission is assessing whether the transaction might potentially reduce competiti ...
Uncertain Outlook For Chinook Helicopter Endangers 18,000 Jobs–Especially In Pennsylvania (From Forbes) The U.S. Army's only heavy-lift helicopter, CH-47F Chinook, is expected to stay in service through 2060. Nonetheless, Army leaders have been trying to cancel an upgrade of the helicopter without which it will not be able to transport the service's next ...
NASA Completes Testing Of Space Launch System Core Stage; Missions To Moon And Beyond Beckon (From Forbes) On March 18 NASA successfully completed the final of eight tests assessing the performance of the core stage for the space agency's super-heavy lifter. Called the Space Launch System (SLS), it will return humans to the Moon and then evolve to a rocket ...
Defeating Small Drones: The U.S. Army’s Next Big Challenge (From RealClearDefense) The proliferation of armed unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), also known as drones, presents a growing threat to maneuver ground forces, headquarters, logistics and critical infrastructure. This is particularly true for the explosion in the availability ...
Recent Media Coverage Gets F-35 Fighter Mostly Wrong (From National Interest) The national media have recently rediscovered that the F-35 fighter is the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, and with herd-like predictability indulged in a feeding frenzy of misinformation. One account of the program's cost to date from a usually ...
Upgrading The Air Force’s New CSAR Helicopter With An HMD Will Save Lives (From RealClearDefense) One of the most important, yet often underappreciated, missions in the U.S. Air Force is combat search and rescue (CSAR). For more than half a century, aircrews have flown in harm’s way sustained by the knowledge that should they be forced down, other ...
Two Biden-Era Flashpoints Where the F-35 Fighter Could Prove Decisive (From Forbes) Two future warfighting scenarios dominate Pentagon planning. One is a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe. The other is a Chinese occupation of Taiwan. The F-35 fighter would likely provide a margin of victory for the U.S. in repulsing either move, beca ...
Turkey’s Erdogan Complicating Regional Security (From RealClearDefense) President Joe Biden is already being pressed to deliver on his promises to re-center U.S. foreign policy around diplomacy and challenged to patch strained relationships with U.S. allies across the globe. The relationship we have with Turkey is no excep ...
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