Why Belgium’s Pick Of Its Next Fighter Is Pivotal For Europe’s Future Security (From Forbes) Belgium is about to select a replacement for its aging F-16 fighters.  As chance would have it, the same companies that built the F-16 airframe and engine — Lockheed Martin and United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney — also build the F-35 [Read More...]
JDAM: How Boeing’s Low-Cost Smart Bomb Revolutionized Strike Warfare (From Forbes) This year marks the 20th anniversary of the day in 1998 when Boeing delivered the first production model of the GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition to the U.S. Air Force.  JDAM has transformed strike warfare by enabling pilots to hit [Read More...]
Ten Ways A Space Force Will Make America Weaker (From Forbes) The Trump administration has proposed that a Space Force “separate but equal” from the Air Force be established. This idea is widely opposed in the Pentagon and would likely waste billions of dollars while making the joint force weaker. Among [Read More...]
Over Our Heads: How the Great Power Competition Is Extending Into Space (From RealClearDefense) The great power competition is extending into space, making it necessary for the U.S. to consider new technologies that will protect its assets and its current lead in space. The president’s proposal for a Space Force earlier this summer included [Read More...]
What If the U.S. ‘Pulls the Plug’ on Afghanistan? (From RealClearDefense) The U.S. may be approaching a crucial decision concerning its military involvement in Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense James Mattis says U.S. activity there won’t end anytime soon. The question is, will President Trump stick with a plan that does not [Read More...]
The New Military Competition Under The Seas It is a generally accepted view among Western foreign policy and defense elites that a new era of great power competition has begun. According to the new National Security Strategy: “After being dismissed as a phenomenon of an earlier [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin Appointment Signals F-35 Fighter Transition From Development To Production Maturity (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin disclosed today that its board has approved the promotion of Michele Evans, 53, to lead the company’s Aeronautics unit effective October 1.  Evans will thus oversee the transition from development to production maturity of the Pentagon’s biggest weapons [Read More...]
Faster: What U.S. Air Force Modernization Would Look Like Without Space (From Forbes) If President Trump succeeds in creating a Space Force “separate but equal” from the Air Force, the latter service will lose its satellites, its ballistic missiles and many of its networks.  It will be mainly about “things with wings.”  But [Read More...]
Looking For Defense Innovation In Not All The Right Places The U.S. Army recently announced that it would locate the headquarters of its new Futures Command in Austin, Texas. Austin won out over Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh based on its score on six major criteria: proximity to science, [Read More...]
A “Space Force” Will Make The F-35 Fighter Indispensable To Air Force Relevance (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s new Space Force will be largely carved out of the Air Force, leaving the latter service much diminished.  The Air Force won’t just lose its satellites, it will probably lose its ICBMs, its most valued networks, and a [Read More...]
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