- October 10, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Biggest Threat To America’s Global Dominance In Software & Services Isn’t China–It’s Washington (From Forbes)
Over the last 20 years, software and digital services have become the most vibrant sector of the U.S. economy. The pace of innovation is furious, and the impact on global commerce and culture is profound. At a time when America was losing ground in many traditional industries, companies like Amazon and Alphabet have redefined what it means to be competitive. [ Read More…]
- October 8, 2022
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- As DoD Continues To Send Equipment to Ukraine, It Needs To Buy Back Better At Home (From RealClearDefense)
The U.S. military assistance effort for Ukraine is one of the largest and most rapid transfers of weapons from this country to another since the end of World War II. It includes tens of thousands of anti-aircraft and anti-armor munitions, hundreds of artillery pieces and military vehicles, dozens of rocket launchers and hundreds of thousands of rockets, missiles, and artillery [ Read More…]
- October 7, 2022
- Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- 4 Lessons The U.S. Army Should Have Already Learned From Ukraine (From 1945)
The conflict in Ukraine has only been waged for seven months and the situation is still in flux. As as the largest high-intensity conflict in Europe in more than three-quarters of a century, the war in Ukraine is providing an enormous amount of useful data on operating concepts, force design, tactics, weapons systems, training, communications, and intelligence. Already the war [ Read More…]
- October 2, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- If Putin Nukes Ukraine, Russia Could Win The War (From The National Interest)
Having failed in his initial effort to achieve a coup de main against Ukraine and his subsequent campaign to occupy territory in the east and south of that country, Russian president Vladimir Putin has figured out a way of winning by appearing to lose. His recent moves, announcing a partial mobilization and referenda in the occupied territories on their joining Russia, may be precursors to the use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine. If Ukrainian troops, armed with an array of Western weapons, [ Read More…]
- September 28, 2022Paul Steidler
- Getting the World-Class Cybersecurity Workforce America’s Electric Grid Needs
How can the United States systematically attract, retain, and grow a world-class workforce that will protect the electric grid and other critical infrastructure systems from cyberattacks? With 600,000 cybersecurity positions in the country unfilled and demands for these skilled professionals expected to continue to rise, the challenge is formidable. One proven answer should be to put into hyper-mode education programs for such professionals at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). A September 30 summit brings together diverse experts from the [ Read More…]
- September 26, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- U.S. Tax Law’s Retrograde Treatment Of R&D Is A Threat To National Security (From Forbes)
The United States was one of the first industrialized countries during the postwar period to recognize the importance of private-sector research and development by giving it favorable treatment in the tax code. Now Washington looks poised to move in the opposite direction, slashing the deductibility of R&D expenses as other countries offer more generous tax benefits. In the case of China, an innovative company can expense 200% of its R&D outlays in the year they occur. In the U.S., a [ Read More…]
- September 25, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The Army Needs To Extend Active Protection To Bradley Fighting Vehicles (From 1945)
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shows that the world is not finished with industrial-age warfare. It also underscores the critical role of heavy armor in at least some future high-end conflicts. The large losses in armored fighting vehicles suffered by both sides are not an argument against tanks and armored fighting vehicles but a reflection, at least in part, of the lack of active protection systems for those platforms. U.S. M1 Abrams tanks sent to Europe are equipped with such a [ Read More…]
- September 22, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Is A Model Of What Military Acquisition Can Accomplish (From Forbes)
In 2015, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Corporation a contract to develop and produce a successor to the Humvee called the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The program has turned out to be a smashing success, delivering the first light military truck that is sufficiently fast, protected and versatile to maneuver with combat forces. Oshkosh not only has built 18,000 vehicles on schedule, but at a price per vehicle 17% less than what the Army was expected. Now the company is [ Read More…]
- September 20, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- The Right Way To Buy The U.S. Navy’s New Generation Of Supercarriers (From Forbes)
The lead ship in the Navy’s new generation of supercarriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is about to begin its first deployment. The Navy expects to buy ten Ford-class carriers, the last of which will not exit the fleet until 2105. The class incorporates two dozen major new technologies not available when the previous Nimitz class was conceived, making the new generation more lethal, survivable, and versatile than what came before. So now the challenge is to identify the optimal [ Read More…]
- September 19, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The New War In The Air Littorals: Implications For Future Integrated Air And Missile Defenses (From 1945)
The Russia-Ukraine conflict has caused many defense experts and military leaders to posit the existence of a new “mini-domain:” the air littorals. This is the region from the ground to approximately 1,000 ft. As the current conflict demonstrates, this new zone is becoming increasingly central to how the war on the ground is evolving. The air littoral region has seen the proliferation of many new capabilities, most notably in the form of low-flying drones, but also including cruise and anti-tank [ Read More…]
- September 15, 2022Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
- Five Reasons Buying An All-New Engine For The Air Force’s F-35 Fighters Is A Real Bad Idea (From Forbes)
The Pentagon is mulling whether the Air Force should develop a new engine to replace Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system on its F-35 fighter. This is an awful idea. The existing engine is the safest, most reliable fighter engine in history and fully capable of supporting future upgrades to the aircraft. Its built-in growth margin and modular design can accommodate performance enhancements for a fraction of what it would cost to develop a new engine. Beyond that, the new [ Read More…]
- September 14, 2022Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
- The U.S. Needs To Harness Big Tech To Compete With China (From The National Interest)
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the democratic world’s most significant strategic challenge and the United States’ pacing military competitor. Beijing has achieved this status primarily because of its growing economic power and enormous technological progress over the past half-century. China is seeking to build on this success by becoming dominant in a set of critical advanced technologies which, if successful, would give it economic, military, and even political dominance over the entire world. The risks to this country’s [ Read More…]
- September 12, 2022Paul Steidler
- On Point: Solutions And Next Steps In Saving the U.S. Postal Service (From NPR)
Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler and Washington Post reporter Jacob Bogage were the guests on NPR’s hour-long program On Point. They discussed the Postal Service Reform Act and the future of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) with host Meghna Chakrabarti. Mr. Steidler emphasized that the legislation, signed by President Biden in April, is insufficient because it does not address several fundamental issues, including the need for USPS to better understand and allocate costs, the need to strengthen USPS’s regulators, and omission [ Read More…]