Defense

Marillyn Hewson Finds A Timely Successor To Lead Lockheed Martin (From Forbes) The world’s biggest military contractor disclosed a change in leadership on Monday. Lockheed Martin Chairman & CEO Marillyn Hewson will relinquish her job to James Taiclet on June 15. Taiclet, currently Chairman & CEO of American Tower, is a former [Read More...]
Boeing Insitu’s Extended-Range Blackjack Is Changing How The Joint Force Thinks About Unmanned Aircraft Systems (From Forbes) Until a few years ago, small unmanned aircraft had an effective operating radius of 50 miles or so because they were tethered to line-of-sight communications. Satellite links might have given them greater reach, but the necessary equipment exceeded their payload [Read More...]
U.S. Navy Takes A Risky Leap Into The Unknown With NGEN-R (From RealClearDefense) The Navy just awarded a contract to manage, support and modernize its largest IT networks. In doing so, the Navy, in effect, made the decision to dismiss the two companies that have supported its IT efforts for decades, in favor [Read More...]
FTC’s Case Against Qualcomm May Be Collapsing (From The National Interest) The United States is in a race against China to develop and deploy 5G networks. Potentially impacting the U.S.’s ability to compete is a recent federal district court decision that ordered Qualcomm, this country’s leading semi-conductor company to provide its [Read More...]
Nuclear Threats Are Growing. How Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be Upgraded? (From Forbes) The U.S. has a grand total of one program in its entire military arsenal capable of intercepting long-range nuclear warheads aimed at America. It is called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, and within ten years it is likely to lose its [Read More...]
Ten Ways A Democratic President Would Change The Trump Defense Posture (From Forbes) If the coronavirus crisis pushes the U.S. economy into recession, President Trump would be unlikely to win reelection. So now is a good time to consider how a Democratic chief executive might change Trump’s defense posture. Based on longstanding beliefs [Read More...]
Finally, There Is A Solution To The Problem Of Flying In Degraded Visual Environments (From RealClearDefense) Flying can be a dangerous business, particularly for helicopters that spend most of their air time close to the earth. Low-level flying is even riskier in a degraded visual environment (DVE), which interferes with a pilot’s ability to accurately navigate, [Read More...]
Marine Corps CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter On Track To Become Heaviest Lifter In Joint Force (From Forbes) The heavy-lift helicopter that Sikorsky is developing for the U.S. Marine Corps has overcome early challenges and is on schedule for initial operational deployments in 2023. Called the King Stallion, the CH-53K is far more capable than the “E” variant [Read More...]
Five Reasons The U.S. Army Deserves To Be First In Line For More Modernization Funding (From Forbes) The Trump defense increases are over, and competition for scarce budget dollars among the military services therefore is likely to grow more intense. They all are facing a shortfall in modernization funding, but the Army arguably has the most compelling [Read More...]
Army Risks Election Fallout As It Slashes “Lower Priority” Weapons Programs (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is struggling to modernize its warfighting systems despite inadequate funding. One solution is to use lower-priority programs as bill-payers for the most critical modernization initiatives. But that puts the Army crosswise with President Trump’s reelection campaign, because [Read More...]
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