The Heir To The V-22 Osprey Flies Through A Year Of Testing (Wired) With regards to replacing the Army’s Black Hawk helicopter, Loren Thompson is quoted in Eric Adams’ Wired article for his favorable take on the V-280. “Valor has performed exceptionally well in testing and currently look like the odds-on favorite to prevail,” he said. “There is widespread awareness among senior Army leaders that tilt-rotor technology has delivered big advantages to the Marine Corps in terms of range, speed, endurance, and payload. The Army would like to enjoy the same benefits.”
Military-Industrial Complex Finds A Growth Market In Hypersonic Weaponry (The Washington Post) In Aaron Gregg’s article on hypersonic strike weapons for The Washington Post, Loren Thompson said that, in the long-run, the market for such weapons should be worth “many billions of dollars.” He told Gregg that “an entirely new class of weapons and the operating concepts to go with it” would lead to opportunities for defense contractors.
Postal Service Charges More To Shippers To Mail Their Packages (NPR) Following the release of a long-anticipated report on U.S. Postal Service prices, NPR featured Lexington’s Paul Steidler in a roundup of expert opinions on the subject. Steidler informed NPR listeners that the debt incurred by the postal service falls on the backs of American taxpayers.
Trump’s Postal Task Force Report Receives Tepid Response From Key Players (Government Executive) Senior Fellow Paul Steidler of the Lexington Institute told Government Executive that the recently-released U.S. Postal Service report is a “pro-taxpayer document.” He added that the proposals outlined in the document could stabilize the service’s financial status, but warned the changes could bring dangers for the post office.
Griffin: Pentagon ‘Scrambling’ To Figure Out Space Reorganization (SpaceNews) Loren Thompson spoke to SpaceNews about Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s views on a potential reorganization of the military’s domain in space. She was “signaling Congress that whether America has a space force or not, the Air Force is prepared to protect and preserve America’s orbital advantages,” commented Thompson. He noted she “is in a tough spot because almost nobody in her service likes the idea of a separate space force, yet her job is to carry out the president’s agenda.”
Letter: Changes Can Help U.S. Postal Service (Albany Times Union) In a letter to the editor of the Albany Times Union, Lexington’s Paul Steidler called for changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s retirement liabilities, suggesting that Congress should model the pension funds after their state counterparts. Steidler also criticized the Postal Service for not committing sufficient assets in past years to their workers’ retirement plans.
U.S. Manufacturers of Small, Light-Weight Products And E-Commerce Companies Have Been Hit Hard By the International Postal System (Michigan Talk Radio) Under rules set up by the Universal Postal Union, a United Nations-affiliated organization, it costs less to send a small package from Beijing to Michigan than to send that same package from Ann Arbor to Lansing. Lexington’s Paul Steidler discusses this situation and how the Trump Administration plans to fix it.
New Law Will Cut Off Drugs From China (Richmond Times-Dispatch) In a letter to the editors of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lexington’s Paul Steidler praised the federal government for passing the bipartisan STOP Act, which would help prevent foreign drug dealers from using the U.S. Postal Service to deliver their products into the United States. The legislation will require that all inbound mail from China has advanced electronic data.
Postal Task Force Seeks To Remove USPS Compensation From Collective Bargaining (FederalNewsNetwork) In a FederalNewsNetwork report on suggestions concerning the collective bargaining rights of postal unions, Lexington Senior Fellow Paul Steidler said that the USPS Board of Governors needs to be at full strength to implement changes recommended by President Trump's task force. The task force, in an effort to improve the financial stability of the Postal Service, offered several suggestions, including limiting the collective bargaining rights of postal employees.
America Needs NASA’s Space Launch System (Newsmax) Loren Thompson’s July 2018 Forbes piece is quoted in Travis Korson’s Newsmax article outlining the need for continuing the necessary Space Launch System (SLS), specifically as it pertains to how China is working to replicate such necessary technology. “Having a rocket comparable in size to NASA’s Space Launch System could materially enhance the warfighting capabilities of China’s military,” Thompson wrote in his post.