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Milley Testimony Highlights Why The President Is A Weak Link In U.S. Nuclear Plans (From Forbes) Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley has found himself on the hot seat lately over a January 8 telephone conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which he sought to clarify U.S. nuclear launch procedures. On the one hand, Milley said there are nume ...
For JADC2 To Work, DoD Needs An Enterprise-Wide Cloud Immediately (From 1945) The key to a new American way of war is not a platform or a weapons system. It is a network: the Joint All Domain Command and Control System (JADC2). It is intended to be a single integrated enterprise-wide network utilizing advanced cloud capabilities ...
Move To Replace F-35 Fighter Engine Probably Isn’t Affordable (From Forbes) The House Armed Services Committee is proposing replacement of the F-35 fighter's engine with a more advanced powerplant beginning in 2027. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, himself an engineer, says he's interested if the change is affordable. It pro ...
Building Burke Destroyers To 2030 (And Beyond) Is The Only Practical Way To Bolster Surface Fleet Firepower (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy has bold plans for increasing the number of warships in its surface fleet over the next 30 years. Unfortunately, a shift in emphasis from large combatants to small ones will likely decrease the fleet's firepower even though the number of ...
Lockheed Martin Forecasts 40% Reduction In F-35 Sustainment Costs Over Five Years (From Forbes) On September 13, the F-35 Joint Program Office awarded prime contractor Lockheed Martin a three-year contract for sustainment of the fighter. Lockheed will provide maintenance, training, supply chain management and fleet analytics. The company expects ...
Can The U.S. Army Transform Without A New Approach To Warfare? (From Breaking Defense) The Army is proceeding full speed ahead with its modernization efforts, the so-called 31+4. Over the next few years, the Army says it will achieve initial fielding of capabilities from at least 22 of the 35 programs. These include a hypersonic missile, ...
The F-35 Could Be The Dominant Fighter For The Rest Of The Century (From RealClearDefense) The Department of Defense (DoD) has maintained its technological preeminence and military dominance for nearly a century based largely on its ability to continually upgrade and modernize existing systems. Examples include the B-52, F-15 and -16 fighter ...
Why Nothing Can Replace Large-Deck, Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers In U.S. Strategy (From Forbes) The United States is the only nation that operates a fleet of large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers--eleven in all. They are the signature expression of American military power, and by far the most powerful conventional warfighting system ever ...
Virginia-Class Submarine: A Vital Weapon To Counter Russia In Mediterranean (From 1945) This June, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico finished interoperability training with Navy SEALs in the Mediterranean Sea. The locations of these submarines are rarely confirmed because their missions are so secretive. The Navy seldom r ...
Why America’s Retreat From Afghanistan Reinforces The Case For Foreign Arms Sales (From Forbes) The evacuation of U.S. personnel from Afghanistan is not the only time in recent history when Washington has given up on a fight and left locals in the lurch. It happened in Saigon in 1975, in Beirut in 1983, in Mogadishu in 1993, and, arguably, in Syr ...
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