U.S. Air Force Leaders Seek 24% Increase In Force Size To Support Trump Defense Strategy (From Forbes) The Secretary of the Air Force on Monday revealed her service’s internal estimate of how much it must grow to successfully execute the Trump administration’s defense strategy.  The Air Force needs to add 74 operational squadrons to the 312 it [Read More...]
U.S. Growing Dependent On Russia For Satellite Propulsion Systems (From Forbes) There was a time when America was the dominant global provider of thrusters for maneuvering satellites in space.  That time is long gone.  Other nations have subsidized their industry to catch up, and Russia seems to have established a clear [Read More...]
Army Futures Command Must Perform Miracles (From RealClearDefense) In recent public statements, General John Murray, the newly-confirmed commander of the Army’s fledgling Futures Command, has been downplaying expectations for his new organization. He cautioned listeners not to expect miracles from the new organization. The trouble with this perspective [Read More...]
Reconciling Priorities In The India-U.S. Relationship (From RealClearWorld) Last week saw significant advances in the U.S-India defense relationship as U.S. Secretaries Mattis and  Pompeo, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, traveled to India to meet with Ministers Swaraj and Sitharaman. However, New Delhi’s relationships with Russia [Read More...]
The KC-46 Is On The Cusp Of Transforming U.S. Air Mobility (From RealClearDefense) Last week, the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft passed one of its two final milestones prior to entering service with the U.S. Air Force. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the platform a supplemental type certificate, the second of two [Read More...]
SpaceX Abandons Plan To Make Astronaut Spacecraft Reusable; Boeing Sticks With Reuse Plan (From Forbes) Elon Musk’s SpaceX has backed away from plans to build a reusable spacecraft that can carry astronauts to the International Space Station and then return to Earth in a powered touch down on land.  Instead, its Crew Dragon space capsule [Read More...]
As U.S. Army Rethinks How Soldiers Will Communicate In Future Combat, Harsh Realities Loom (From Forbes) The U.S. Army faces big challenges in trying to sustain tactical communications links during future conflicts.  Army leaders would like connectivity similar to that of an iPhone, but can’t count on access to cellular towers or buried fiber in war [Read More...]
U.S. National Security Requires a Viable and Reliable U.S.-Flagged Commercial Fleet (From RealClearDefense) The U.S.-flagged sealift fleet has been allowed to erode to the point that it is of only barely sufficient size and capability to meet the demands created by relatively small contingencies such as those conducted in this century in Southwest [Read More...]
Why Belgium’s Pick Of Its Next Fighter Is Pivotal For Europe’s Future Security (From Forbes) Belgium is about to select a replacement for its aging F-16 fighters.  As chance would have it, the same companies that built the F-16 airframe and engine — Lockheed Martin and United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney — also build the F-35 [Read More...]
JDAM: How Boeing’s Low-Cost Smart Bomb Revolutionized Strike Warfare (From Forbes) This year marks the 20th anniversary of the day in 1998 when Boeing delivered the first production model of the GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition to the U.S. Air Force.  JDAM has transformed strike warfare by enabling pilots to hit [Read More...]
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