Defense

The Trump Administration Must Revitalize NATO’s Nuclear Deterrent (From RealClearDefense) Russia is a military power primarily because of its large arsenal of nuclear weapons. So central are these weapons to Moscow’s foreign and defense policies that it was even willing to deploy a new long-range, land-based cruise missile in violation [Read More...]
Moscow’s Competitive Strategy Executive Summary Click here to read the full report as a .pdf Since at least 2005, Russia’s leadership has believed itself to be at war with the West. This war is not primarily one of kinetic combat though recent moves [Read More...]
The F-35 Is Too Good To Fail (From RealClearDefense) The West is in danger of losing the fight to operate effectively in contested airspace. Russia and China have developed and continue to improve their Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) that can engage hostile air threats at all altitudes and [Read More...]
Congress Must Reform Military Sustainment As It Did Acquisition (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. military’s Achilles heel in future conflicts will not be inferior technology. Rather, it will be an antiquated, industrial-age sustainment model. The way the Pentagon is organized to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work gives rise to endless [Read More...]
How The Air Force Could Become The Biggest Threat To The F-35 Fighter’s Success (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter is turning into a great success, not just for America’s military but for nearly a dozen allies.  What could go wrong?  The biggest danger is that the U.S. Air Force will be distracted just as two [Read More...]
Putting Interceptors On Trucks Is The Fastest Way Trump Can Bolster Missile Defense Of America (From Forbes) The Trump administration wants to bolster defenses of the U.S. homeland against ballistic missile attack.  The only program the Pentagon has capable of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile warheads headed for America is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD.  GMD [Read More...]
Congress Must Not Retreat On Acquisition Reform Over JEDI Cloud Contract For the past five or six years, Congress has led the fight to reform the Pentagon’s slow, risk averse and costly acquisition system. Led by visionaries such as Senator John McCain and Representative Mac Thornberry, both the Senate and House [Read More...]
Raytheon’s Pathfinder Program For Next-Gen GPS Has Become A Breakthrough Success (From Forbes) The Global Positioning System is one of the signature technological successes of this generation.  Google Maps, Uber and your smart phone couldn’t work without it.  But GPS satellites don’t operate on autopilot.  They must be monitored and managed continuously by [Read More...]
The U.S. Military Can’t Wait For The Politics Of Cloud Contracting To Be Resolved (From RealClearDefense) Cloud computing offers ways of making defense network operations faster, more agile, more responsive to emerging challenges and more effective. Until recently, the Department of Defense was moving forward with plans to migrate much of the military’s IT infrastructure to [Read More...]
A Quick Fix For U.S. Navy Surveillance Gaps In Asia (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy has difficulty identifying remote threats in the Indo-Pacific region, whether they be distant warships or military units operating under jungle canopies.  It appears the Air Force has a solution: a multi-spectral infrared sensor designated MS-177A that flies [Read More...]
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