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Sizing The Navy: Why It Takes More Warships To Prevent Conflicts Than To Win Them (From Forbes) There is a perennial debate about force sizing that will likely influence the Biden administration's global posture review. The debate is often referred to in professional literature as the choice between presence and warfighting. Presence in this case ...
The F-35 Is Going To Be The Free World’s Fighter (From 1945) The recent decision by the Swiss Federal Council (SFC) to acquire the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) as Switzerland’s next-generation air defense aircraft has made it all but official: the F-35 is fast becoming the free world’s dominant fighter. The S ...
How Election Politics Could Shape Pentagon Weapons Spending In A Biden Presidency (From Forbes) The ultimate customer for defense-industry output is the U.S. political system. That's who pays the bills. So we shouldn't be surprised if electoral politics influences how much money goes to weapons, and where the weapons are made. President Biden wil ...
It’s Electric: The Coming Revolution In U.S. Naval Power Systems (From 1945) Electric power is the Navy’s future. New technologies, evolving operating environments, and more stringent policies on pollution and climate change are driving the demand for more power. The Navy is investing in new ways of managing and storing power t ...
The Navy Says It Can’t Afford To Fully Modernize. So What Should It Give Up? (From Forbes) The Navy's budget guidance says it can't afford to modernize all of its combat systems, and the Chief of Naval Operations says at current funding levels, the fleet can't grow much beyond 300 warships. Clearly, the service will have to abandon some of i ...
Eastern Europe’s Strategic Balance Is Shifting (From RealClearWorld) Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 19, a conversation she described as very friendly and warm, and one that seemed to promise meaningful U.S. action on Belarus in the near futur ...
The U.S. Army Has a Good Modernization Strategy—It Must Stick With It (From RealClearDefense) The Army is about to see critical parts of its modernization effort come to fruition. Despite anxiety from within and criticism from the outside regarding its ability to bring its modernization agenda to fruition, the Service must press ahead. Without ...
Space Force’s Missile Warning System Needs To Explore All Options For Tracking Threats (From Forbes) The U.S. Space Force is developing a next-generation orbital architecture for tracking nuclear and other threats. The first step will be to replace geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites in the current system with spacecraft that are more resilien ...
The Administration Should Provide States With Technology To Secure Their Borders (From The National Interest) When the Biden administration took office and canceled the Trump wall, it inherited a lot of state-of-the-art surveillance equipment that was going to be employed alongside the physical barrier. This equipment, bought and paid for, now rests in warehou ...
How The Air Force’s LRSO Missile Could Prevent A Crisis From Escalating To Nuclear Annihilation (From Forbes) On July 1 the Air Force awarded a contract to Raytheon Technologies for development of a new air-launched nuclear system called the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon. LRSO will replace the aged cruise missiles currently carried on U.S. bombers with a m ...
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