Defense

Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Poised To Become One Of America’s Biggest Exports (From Forbes) The tri-service F-35 fighter has completed development and begun deploying overseas.  At least 11 foreign countries will buy it, and if it turns out anything like the F-16 it is replacing, the number of foreign buyers could eventually be twice [Read More...]
Will The Navy “Walk The Walk” On Acquisition Reform With NGEN-R? Today, everyone in the Department of Defense is talking about acquisition reform. Congress has instituted major changes to the way the Office of the Secretary of Defense is organized in order to improve its ability to rapidly identify, acquire and [Read More...]
Boeing Makes Its Case For Building The Air Force’s Hotly Contested T-X Trainer (From Forbes) The Air Force desperately needs a replacement for its 50-year-old T-38 training jets, which no longer are capable of adequately preparing pilots to fly frontline fighters.  The service is running a competition called T-X to find that replacement, and one [Read More...]
How to Protect the Private Sector From Cyberattacks (From RealClearPolitics) Recently, a malware called Trisis was discovered that was specifically designed to access controls and cause leaks or explosions and sabotage an electric company’s industrial control system. This was a warning shot to both the public and private sector, most [Read More...]
United Technologies To Hire 35,000 In U.S., Stressing Commitment To American Workforce (From Forbes) Industrial conglomerate United Technologies today disclosed that it will hire 35,000 workers in the U.S. over the next five years, and spend $15 billion on capital expenditures and research here during the same period.  The announcements appear aimed at countering [Read More...]
The U.S. Army Could Revolutionize Long-Range Fires (From RealClearDefense) In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army Secretary Mark Esper revealed that Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) is his service’s top priority. Currently, the Army has a multi-phased program designed to first improve and then transform the capabilities [Read More...]
Critical U.S. Military Sites Can’t Cope With A Prolonged Power Outage (From Forbes) In 2008, the Defense Science Board warned that vital U.S. military installations were too dependent on a fragile commercial power grid, and that backup plans in the event of a prolonged outage were inadequate.  Today, ten years later, nothing much [Read More...]
Boeing’s Big Day: WTO Clears Way For Massive Penalties In Long-running Aircraft Subsidies Case (From Forbes) On May 15, the World Trade Organization issued its final and definitive ruling on a case brought by the U.S. Trade Representative against European aircraft subsidies in 2006.  The ruling is a huge win for Boeing, America’s biggest exporter, opening [Read More...]
A Competitive Strategy To Counter Russian Aggression Against NATO EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here to read the full report as a .pdf  The world has entered a new era of great power competition. The 2017 U.S. National Security Strategy declared After being dismissed as a phenomenon of an earlier century, [Read More...]
What Does It Take To Be A Top Operative For The Defense Industry In Washington? (From Forbes) The defense industry depends on the federal government for all of its sales, so contractors are very careful about picking who will run their Washington offices.  A look at the top operatives at Boeing, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin suggests [Read More...]
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