AF Wants Assurance That Ejection Seats Are Safe (FEDweek) Loren Thompson and his November 2018 Forbes article are referenced in a FEDweek article detailing concerns from the Armed Forces Human Systems Office over the safety of ejection seats, particularly for diverse body types of its crew members. As Thompson wrote, the Air Force “is committed to providing airmen with the best warfighting technology in the world,” including top notch protections for their safety.
The New Space Race: Trumps Versus China And Russia (American Thinker) In writing about space policies for the United States, China, and Russia for The American Thinker, Ian Bugbee links to Loren Thompson’s July Forbes article when discussing threats from China and their Long March 9 rocket, seen as competition to the U.S. Space Launch System.
Would New Cabinet Post Protect WPAFB? Analyst Says Yes (Dayton Daily News) Lexington’s Loren Thompson is quoted extensively in Thomas Gnau’s article for the Dayton Daily News with regards to protecting military installations in Ohio, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, an installation Thompson believes is well-protected due to its size and diverse missions. “In terms of its future security, I would bet on Wright-Patt above any other Air Force installation,” Thompson said.
How The Midterms Will Shape Defense Spending; Lockheed Gets F-35 Upgrade Deal; AIA Kills Media Luncheon; And More. (Defense One) On the issue of cutting defense spending, Marcus Weisgerber for Defense One quotes Loren Thompson. “Modernization and expansion of the U.S. military is not going to progress at the pace that defense hawks had hoped,” Thompson wrote in a November Forbes article.
Almost Two Years Into Trump Presidency, Pentagon’s Revolving Door Still Spins (The Washington Post) Lexington’s Loren Thompson is quoted in Aaron Gregg’s article for The Washington Post on U.S. defense contractors hiring former government officials. He noted that “obviously senior military officers have very specialized skills, and they have many years ahead of them when they retire from military service,” he explained. “Where are you supposed to put those skills to work once you retire?”
Belgium Agrees To Buy 34 US F-35 Fighter Jets (The Washington Examiner) In speculating why Belgium purchased close to three dozen F-35 fighter jets over those from Eurofighter Typhoon, Joel Gehrke for The Washington Examiner refers to Loren Thompson’s September article for Forbes. “Most importantly, F-35 is the only aircraft currently being produced anywhere that is invisible to Russian radars,” Thompson wrote, also calling the F-35 “more survivable.”
Why Trump Wants To Keep Lockheed, Boeing And Others In Business With Saudi Arabia (The Washington Post) Lexington’s Loren Thompson predicted that major defense contractors would still attend a business conference in Saudi Arabia despite a recent uproar over the country’s human rights record. “The Saudi weapons market is too big for any defense contractor to ignore, and the Saudi leadership is too sensitive to take chances with.” he told The Washington Post.
L3 And Harris Agree To Merge, Creating $33.5 Billion Military Technology Giant (The Washington Post) Lexington Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Loren Thompson, told The Washington Post that the merger of L3 and Harris signals a return to the defense industry for former high-ranking Lockheed Martin official Chris Kubasik. “This clearly demonstrates he is not done being a major player in the defense sector,” Thompson said.
Concerns Over Saudi Role In Dissident’s Disappearance Could Affect Boeing Sales (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Lexington’s Loren Thompson doubted that recent controversy over Saudi Arabia would affect Boeing’s defense sales in the region. Thompson predicted that the absence of “concrete evidence” would indicate the continuation of sales in the region.
After $30 Billion Aviation Deal, UTC May Be Headed For A Break Up (Hartford Courant) Speaking about a possible United Technologies Corp break up, Lexington’s Loren Thompson highlighted the company’s strength. “It will be so big in so many markets, even as a standalone it will be a powerhouse,” he told the Hartford Current. The company is preparing to acquire Iowa-based airplane manufacturer Rockwell Collins.