Defense

AFSOC’s Unique Array For Armed Overwatch Competition (From RealClearDefense) Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Armed Overwatch program is, to say the least, unusual. This is an effort to acquire 75 light aircraft to provide a combination of tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), communications ...
Naval Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works Has Survived Many Setbacks. The Next Time Could Be Different. (From Forbes) Over a century after delivering its first two gunboats to the U.S. Navy, the nation's oldest full-service shipyard is facing the latest challenge in its long and tumultuous history. Bath Iron Works, the biggest industrial employer in Maine, has learned ...
New Air Combat Training System Highlights Need To Speed Modernization of Ranges (From Forbes) The Navy and Air Force are acquiring a new air combat training system called the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II). It is a generational leap into the future enabled by digital technology. The new system substitutes synthetically g ...
Five Ways The Air Force’s F-35A Fighter Is Becoming More Affordable To Operate (From Forbes) There has been controversy of late about how much it costs to operate the F-35 fighter. You would never guess listening to coverage of this controversy that the most common variant of the fighter, the Air Force's F-35A, is already outperforming legacy ...
Recapitalizing Strategic Sealift Should Be DoD’s Number One Modernization Priority (From CIMSEC) The Department of Defense (DoD) has focused heavily on modernization and its associated concept, innovation. Each of the services has ambitious acquisition programs in place intended to radically change their force structures by adding new, advanced ca ...
How China Will Try To Unmask U.S. Submarines In The Western Pacific (From Forbes) Geography dictates that if China is to expand its military power, the direction at least initially will eastward--into the Pacific. However, any hopes Beijing may have of dominating the Western Pacific will come to naught until it finds a way of coping ...
How The F-35 Has Reshaped The Strategic Balance In Europe (From RealClearDefense) Because of its heavy investment in military technology, Russia was recently thought to have achieved an edge in air power over its NATO rivals. However, that advantage is now up for debate due to the purchase of the F-35 by many countries in NATO, incl ...
Building Trust And Integrity In DoD Acquisition In an era of major power competition, the Department of Defense (DoD) relies on industry and the private sector to provide technological overmatch. To efficiently and effectively acquire and integrate disruptive technology into the Services, we must re ...
Army Signals The Abrams Tank Is Here To Stay (From Forbes) The U.S. Army has designated the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank as an "enduring capability," indicating that (1) it will remain central to the Army's warfighting plans and (2) it is unlikely to replaced anytime soon. Thanks to the digital revolution and ...
Why The Air Force’s Plan For Fighting China Could Make Nuclear War More Likely (From Forbes) The U.S. Air Force is planning to modernize its heavy bomber force by fielding a super-stealthy strike aircraft designated B-21 and equipping aged B-52 bombers with stealthy cruise missiles. Both aircraft will be capable of conducting nuclear and non-n ...
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