The Next Administration Will Need To Fix Military Sealift (From The National Interest) The next administration must address the crisis in military sealift. Multiple studies, government officials, and experts have warned that the sealift fleet is in jeopardy in recent years. Unless a major effort is undertaken to correct the situation, the United [Read More...]
Why Slow Construction Of The Navy’s ‘Fabulously Successful’ DDG-51 Destroyer When Plans For A Successor Are Unclear? (From Forbes) The DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class of destroyers is one of the most successful naval construction programs in modern history. It is the most versatile destroyer ever built, and on any given day dozens are deployed around the globe. But the [Read More...]
How A Low-Cost Upgrade Could Make Hundreds Of Air Force C-130s Safer And More Useful (From Forbes) The U.S. Air Force’s C-130 transport has remained versatile and relevant for seven decades through the timely implementation of upgrades to the original airframe. Today, it is time for another such upgrade: an enhanced vision system to amplify the value [Read More...]
Three Ways To Make The M1 Abrams The Tank Of The Future (From RealClearDefense) The Army appears fixated on fielding transformational capabilities. At the same time, it must be sure that the other armored fighting vehicle fleets can be effective in future high-end fights. The way it is doing this is through a series [Read More...]
Four New Weapons That Will Define The Biden Defense Posture (From Forbes) Predicting the priorities of a new presidential administration is risky business–especially when it hasn’t even taken office yet. However, President-elect Biden has a long and fairly consistent track record on defense, so when it comes to weapons programs some of [Read More...]
Can the Pentagon Come Up With An Effective Strategy For Countering Small Drones? (From RealClearDefense) Drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), particularly small ones, are proliferating on the battlefield. They also pose a growing threat to the homeland. The drones themselves and the tactics for employing them are becoming more sophisticated. Small drones require different [Read More...]
Airbus Wants To Sell Space Services To U.S. Spy Agencies. That Raises Some Questions. (From Forbes) The U.S. arm of Airbus Space & Defense reorganized last summer to bid for classified intelligence work. An early target reportedly will be the opportunity to sell commercial imagery to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). But such work is highly [Read More...]
Why The U.S. Can And Must Win The Race For Hypersonic Weapons (From RealClearDefense) Winning the race to deploy hypersonic weapons will be one of the most important achievements in U.S. national security of the 21st Century. For the U.S. and its allies, hypersonic weapons are more than a counterbalance to Russia and China. [Read More...]
Biden Win Would Be A Mixed Blessing For Aerospace, But A Trump Win Could Be Worse (From Forbes) President Trump has been a friend of the domestic aerospace sector during his first term, increasing Pentagon weapons outlays and promoting overseas arms sales. However, a second Trump term could be problematic if he tries to decouple from China, withdraws [Read More...]
Why Japan Must Reconsider Its Aegis Deployments (From The Jewish Policy Center) The security environment in the Western Pacific is becoming more challenging for the U.S., its friends, and allies. China seeks to dominate the region and project power globally. North Korea is expanding its arsenal of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. [Read More...]
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