As A Global Superpower, America Depends On World-Class Logistics Providers (From The National Interest) By virtually every measure—military power and reach, economic might, humanitarian assistance and science and technology—the United States remains today the world’s sole superpower. One area where this country has a significant advantage over any other nation, particularly potential adversaries, is [Read More...]
Five Reasons The Air Force’s B-52 Bomber Will Be The First Jet Ever To Stay In Service For 100 Years (From Forbes) June 5 is the anniversary of the day in 1946 when Boeing won the competition to develop what would become the B-52 bomber. The design went through many iterations, but in the end it became the most iconic military aircraft [Read More...]
The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency Has A Bold New Plan For Protecting America. What’s ‘Plan B’ If It Doesn’t Work? (From Forbes) The Pentagon’s lead agency for missile defense has embarked on a plan to keep up with the evolving North Korean nuclear threat by developing a Next Generation Interceptor.  Nothing wrong with that, except for this: most missile defense ideas don’t [Read More...]
Army Fears If ‘Future Vertical Lift’ Falters, Serious Fallout For Industry Might Follow (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is leading what may prove to be the biggest rotorcraft program in history. Called Future Vertical Lift (FVL), it will replace over a dozen different helicopters in the joint fleet with thousands of new aircraft that have [Read More...]
The F-35B Guarantees Allied Naval Dominance Over China (From The National Interest) Its stealth, long-range sensors and ability to internally carry Raytheon’s AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile make it the world’s most effective air supremacy fighter, after the F-22. The Joint Strike Missile (JSM), and Lockheed’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) provide the [Read More...]
A Pentagon Procurement Program That Seems Doomed To Fail (From RealClearDefense) The Pentagon writes lots of large, long-term contracts, particularly for major weapons platforms. Over the past several decades, the size and duration of contractors for services, particularly in the areas of information technology (IT) and networking, have increased significantly. The [Read More...]
Air Force ‘Digital Century Series’ Fighters: Technologically Exciting, Operationally Unworkable (From Forbes) The Air Force has a vision of future fighter development that involves buying many different aircraft with limited service lives in small lots. Called the Digital Century Series, it is an attempt to leverage developments like digital engineering to stay [Read More...]
Neither Manned Nor Unmanned: The Future Of Air Warfare Will Be About Teaming (From RealClearDefense) The future of airpower is not either manned or unmanned, but both. The balance between these two will be based on a deep appreciation for how best to use an expanding array of manned aerial systems, unmanned vehicles and air-delivered/air-breathing [Read More...]
Think You Know Where Defense Spending Is Headed After Coronavirus? Guess Again. (From Forbes) There’s a lot of speculation about where defense spending is headed in the aftermath of the worst pandemic in a century, most of it negative. But the truth of the matter is that we have no idea where military outlays [Read More...]
Raytheon Technologies Is Posturing To Be The Pentagon’s Top Cyber Supplier–Both Offensive And Defensive (From Forbes) Raytheon Technologies, the merged aerospace and defense operations of Raytheon and United Technologies, is a very big enterprise. So big, in fact, that it will take analysts a while to sort out all of the company’s diverse competencies. When they [Read More...]
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