Defense

First Look: Air Force 2022 Budget Is All About Technology, Much Of It Secret (From Forbes) The Air Force released its first budget request of the Biden years on May 28, and most of what's interesting is in the R&D accounts. The service is spending many billions of dollars developing next-generation solutions to long-range strike, nuclear ...
Deterring China Will Require Better And More Widely Distributed Sensor Capabilities (From RealClearDefense) The Indo-Pacific region is vast. The range, speed, and number of advanced weapons, both manned and unmanned, are increasing. U.S. and allied infrastructure are already within the so-called threat rings of potential adversaries’ offensive systems. To co ...
Bolsonaro’s Days As Brazil’s President May Be Numbered (From RealClearWorld) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro walked into office with seemingly invulnerable approval ratings. His re-election in 2022 seemed all but guaranteed, no matter what he did or said. This was true in the some of the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic i ...
Five Reasons Vertical Integration Is Not A Valid Basis For Blocking A Lockheed-Aerojet Merger (From Forbes) The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing Lockheed Martin's proposed merger with rocket-engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne. The merger would result in Lockheed absorbing part of its supply chain in a fairly typical example of vertical integration. There a ...
CACI Steadily Grows Leadership In Emerging Security Missions (From Forbes) Arlington, Virginia-based CACI International is making steady progress growing its footprint in the national security sector. Revenues and earnings have increased at double-digit annual rates over the last two decades, and 2020 saw record bookings for ...
Russian Aggression In The Baltics Will Not Look Like Crimea (From RealClearDefense) In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in the largest land seizure in Europe since World War II. Since then, experts have made various predictions of what Moscow’s next target for expansion might be. The Baltic states—Estonia, ...
Seven Reasons The U.S. Navy Needs To Rethink Its Plan For A Next-Generation Destroyer (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy's idea to develop a successor to the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyer is facing high seas and heavy winds on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers aren't convinced that plans for what the Navy calls DDG(X) are ready for primetime. They are probably right ...
Russia: Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Spoiler? (From RealClearDefense) While the U.S. military likes to talk about being in an era of great power competition, it acts like there is only one real challenger: China. The armed forces are moving to reorganize and re-equip themselves to meet the specific dictates of potential ...
Raytheon Intelligence & Space President Roy Azevedo Explains His Business (From Forbes) Defense programs have been a boon to Raytheon Technologies during the global pandemic. All four of its business units work with the Pentagon, but the most intriguing part of its national security portfolio resides within Intelligence & Space, the u ...
Why Future Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Needs To Get Up To Speed On The Secret B-21 Bomber Right Away (From Forbes) Former Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall is likely to be Secretary of the Air Force for the next four years. Among the myriad programs he must oversee, none is more important than the effort to develop a next-generation heavy bomber, designated ...
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