How Inflation Might Kill Modernization Of The U.S. Military (From Forbes) U.S. military planners are ready for just about anything. Anything, that is, except a fiscal crisis driven by rising interest rates. The federal government has accumulated so much debt that even a moderate rise in rates could drive the annual [Read More...]
The Latest Delay On Boeing’s $44 Billion Air Force Tanker Program Isn’t As Bad As It Seems (From Forbes) Bloomberg News reported this week that there will be yet another delay in delivery of the first Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers to the Air Force.  After so many delays on the program, you’d think Boeing execs would be upset.  But [Read More...]
Can Trump Rebuild The Military As Deficits Balloon? (From BreakingDefense) Today’s national security leadership is confronting a dilemma not unlike that which confronted the Western allies in the 1930s. Faced with growing great power threats in both Europe and Asia, they knew it was essential to build up their militaries. [Read More...]
Army Approaches Its Biggest Aviation Decision In 60 Years: Whether To Buy Tiltrotors (From Forbes) The U.S. Army is planning to replace all of its Cold War helicopters with new rotorcraft through a program called Future Vertical Lift.  The first step in that multi-decade effort is to find an airframe that can take the place [Read More...]
The U.S. Army Will (And Must) Get Heavier (RealClearDefense) The Army’s current modernization strategy has one significant characteristic that will impact not only how that service will fight but also the conduct of joint and combined operations. That characteristic is weight. For program after program, whether they are to [Read More...]
The Critics Are Wrong: A Single Award For The JEDI Contract Is The Right Approach The bids are in for the Pentagon’s latest major contract to provide the U.S. defense establishment with cloud services. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program is part of the effort by the Department of Defense (DoD) to bring its [Read More...]
L3-Harris Merger May Signal Pentagon Demand Is Approaching Peak (From Forbes) Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies announced this weekend that they will enter into a “merger of equals” creating the sixth biggest U.S. military contractor. The transaction appears to raise minimal antitrust concerns, but the timing suggests defense companies are beginning [Read More...]
The Modernization the Army Needs Can Be Found at the AUSA Annual Conference (From RealClearDefense) The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) held its annual meeting and exhibition last week in Washington, DC. Walking the exhibit halls, one can see and even touch examples of the most advanced platforms and systems the Army is [Read More...]
Inspector General Attack On NASA Super-Rocket Marred By Mistakes, Omissions (From Forbes) NASA has embarked on an epic quest to build the biggest rocket ever constructed, with an eye towards one day sending astronauts to Mars. The space agency’s Inspector General says the effort is not going well due to poor performance [Read More...]
White House Report Warns “All Facets” Of U.S. Defense Industrial Base Are At Risk (From Forbes) The White House on Thursday rolled out a long-awaited assessment of the U.S. defense industrial base that painted an alarming picture of secular decline.  The assessment traces the sources of industrial decay not just to the mercantilist behavior of China, [Read More...]
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