Defense

Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Motivated By Russian, Chinese Threats To Critical U.S. Orbital Systems (From Forbes) President Trump announced today that he has directed the military to establish a sixth branch for conducting operations in space.  The plan is a surprise, but it is arguably timely because Russian and Chinese threats to critical U.S. orbital assets [Read More...]
Invisible Scourge: The Danger of Chemical or Biological Attack on America is Growing Fast EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to read the full report as a PDF. The danger of a chemical or biological attack against the U.S. homeland is growing.  In the case of chemical threats, thousands of sites around the world manufacture precursors [Read More...]
VIDEOS: CAPITOL HILL EVENT – Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid – 6.8.18 The Lexington Institute hosted a Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum on Friday, June 8th at 12pm. Click on the links below to view the speech given by each speaker.   Speakers: Mr. Bryson Bort, Founder and Chief [Read More...]
Lockheed, Pratt Disclose F-35 Cost-Cutting Moves As Air Force Secretary Presses For Economies (From Forbes) The Air Force will be absorbing 72% of the F-35 fighter domestic production run, so Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is pressing contractors to reduce costs — not just for building the plane, but for operating it once it is [Read More...]
The Army Must Balance Expensive Modernization with Lower Cost Upgrades (From The National Interest) The current defense budget environment is different from previous eras. While resources are available, the Department of Defense must both introduce new, even revolutionary, capabilities in order to re-establish overmatch vis-à-vis global competitors and replace entire fleets of support aircraft [Read More...]
Gen. Milley Is Right: The U.S. Army Is On The Mend (From Defense News) Last month, in an appearance before the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley provided a notably upbeat assessment of the state of his service: “The Army is on the [Read More...]
Trump’s Korea Nuclear Deal Could Change the Focus of U.S. Missile Defense (From Forbes) North Korea probably will not give up its nuclear arsenal, but in the aftermath of the Singapore summit, it is worth considering what such an outcome might mean for the U.S. missile defense program.  If the North Korean nuclear threat [Read More...]
White House Preparing Bio-defense Strategy As Germ Warfare Fears Rise (From Forbes) Time was, the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” was almost synonymous with nuclear weapons.  Not in this White House, though.  The Trump Administration is so concerned about biological threats and global pandemics that the National Security Council staff is preparing [Read More...]
Trump Industrial Policy Likely To Target U.S. Commercial Shipbuilding & Merchant Fleet For Revival (From Forbes) Two-way trade between the U.S. and other countries totaled over $5 trillion last year. Most of it was transported by sea, but very little moved on American-built, American-operated or American-crewed vessels.  The U.S. shipbuilding and seaborne shipping industries have largely [Read More...]
The Army Needs To Get Serious About Modernizing THAAD (From RealClearDefense) Air and missile defense is one of the U.S. Army’s six modernization priorities. Based on current funding profiles, it is the number one priority, receiving about half the total funding the Army plans to spend on its priorities between 2020 [Read More...]
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