The Abrams Tank Going “Nowhere” Soon – To Fight Into The 2030s And Beyond (From Warrior Maven) — Kris Osborn is a Senior Fellow at The Lexington Institute — Should a mechanized column of heavily armored Russian vehicles launch an aggressive, forward-leaning assault into Eastern Europe 10 years from now, complete with air and artillery support – [Read More...]
Warship Worries: Does The U.S. Navy Really Need A New Large Surface Combatant? (From National Interest) The U.S. Navy wants to acquire a new large surface combatant (LSC). The question is why? Ostensibly, the LSC will replace the aging Ticonderoga-class cruisers and possibly supersede the Arleigh Burke DDG-51 destroyers. It is supposed to be larger than [Read More...]
Next Generation Air Warfare Will Require New Aerial Refueling Capabilities (From Warrior Maven) Air-to-air refueling is the capability that allows airpower to achieve both reach and persistence. From the early days of flight, clever engineers worked on ways to refuel aircraft in flight. The dominant airpower nations are those that invested in aerial [Read More...]
Heather Wilson Was Uniquely Qualified To Be Air Force Secretary. So Why Is She Leaving? (From Forbes) Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson disclosed on March 8 that she will likely leave government service in May to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. It isn’t hard to understand the attraction of running [Read More...]
Pentagon May Come To Regret Prioritizing R&D Spending Over Weapons It Needs Now (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s annual military spending has increased $100 billion over the last three years, with the biggest percentage increases coming in weapons accounts. Somehow, though, the rate at which key warfighting systems are being bought has not increased. In some [Read More...]
Despite Trump’s Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency (Foreign Policy) Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson is quoted in Lara Seligman’s “Despite Trump’s Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency,” for Foreign Policy. “There is no plan to actively defend the United States against a large-scale nuclear attack launched by Russia [Read More...]
India’s Dogfight Loss Could Be A Win For U.S. Weapons-Makers (Foreign Policy) In Lara Seligman’s piece for Foreign Policy, “India’s Dogfight Loss Could Be a Win for U.S. Weapons-Makers,” Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson is quoted. “It is hard to sell a front-line fighter to a country that isn’t threatened,” he said. “Boeing [Read More...]
Navy Torpedo-Armed Poseidon Spy Planes Track China’s Nuclear-Armed Submarines (From Warrior Maven) Kris Osborn is a Senior Fellow at The Lexington Institute The increasing global reach of Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 weapons reportedly able to hit parts of the US, continues to inspire an ongoing Navy effort to [Read More...]
Germany’s Policy Choices Are Hastening The Decline Of NATO (From Forbes) President Trump’s ambivalence about continued U.S. participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is traceable in large part to the behavior of its biggest European member. Germany is not contributing to the alliance at a pace commensurate with its [Read More...]
Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle: Acquisition the Right Way (From RealClearDefense) The past several decades are littered with examples of major military acquisition programs that went bad, costing tens of billions of dollars. Rarely have the military services been able to learn from their mistakes and restructure a failed program so [Read More...]
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