Nov 19, 2020
The Department of Defense Needs to Relearn the (Almost) Lost Art of Net Assessment
Tough choices lie ahead for the U.S. Department of Defense. Government relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising costs to service the federal debt are expected to...
Oct 23, 2020
Battle Force 2045 Could Work - If Leaders Show Discipline
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is sprinting. With less than four months left in the administration’s term, he unveiled a new vision for the Navy that would grow the fleet to...
Oct 16, 2020
Pentagon Needs to Learn the Art of Disruption
The U.S. Air Force’s recent announcement that it used digital design to rapidly develop a new fighter demonstrator is a refreshing improvement in defense R&D. Too...
Oct 7, 2020
Treat AI As Intelligence — Not Technology
The U.S. military is rolling out AI-enabled projects like the Air Force’s Airborne Battle Management System or the Army’s Project Convergence. But the novelty of these...
Sep 30, 2020
American Sea Power at a Crossroads: A Plan to Restore the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Advantage
View Full Report PDF. Executive Summary The U.S. fleet is at an important crossroads. Nearly twenty years after the drive for transformation led to costly and problematic programs...
Sep 9, 2020
Don’t Rely on Hope; Attack Huawei’s Value Chain
By any objective measure, the U.S. telecom industry is well behind its European and Asian counterparts in fielding gear that will power 5G networks. Continuing to cede the 5G...
Aug 5, 2020
Thinking Hard About Missile Defense
Last month, Prime Minister Abe ignited a trans-Pacific debate over how best to protect Japan from North Korean missile attack by canceling Aegis Ashore—the largest joint...
Jul 31, 2020
Guam’s Air Defense Should Learn Lessons From Japan’s Aegis Ashore
The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said last week his top priority is establishing an Aegis Ashore system on Guam by 2026. New air defenses will help protect U.S. citizens and...
Jul 24, 2020
USAF ‘Digital Century Series’ Stuck In Wrong Century
Roper is right that that the US military needs to accelerate fighter development. In the time it took the Pentagon to fully field the F-22 Raptor, Russian air defenses advanced six...
Jul 9, 2020
Pentagon and Congress Risk Bungling Drive to Modernize U.S. Military
In the two years since America's National Defense Strategy heralded the return of great power competition, military leaders have called for U.S. forces to rapidly adopt new...
Jul 4, 2020
End the Jones Act? Ask Alexander Hamilton
The Jones Act celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Don’t worry if you forgot to send a gift–you're not alone. The law requires that ships engaged in commerce between...
Jun 16, 2020
Pentagon Needs to Go Faster—and Slower—on Unmanned Systems
Robots, unmanned systems, autonomous vehicles–they go by many names, but ships and aircraft without an onboard operator are increasingly portrayed as the solution to...
Jun 11, 2020
The U.S. Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent in a New Era
The U.S. undersea deterrent is the most survivable leg of America’s nuclear triad of ground-, air- and sea-based nuclear capabilities. The sea-based leg, however, is also the...
May 9, 2020
JADC2 and AI Should Enable Post-Pandemic Military Creativity, Not Replace It
Experts say we are only at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the United States and other large, complex societies have a long way to go before they can return to their...
Apr 21, 2020
DoD Is Running the Wrong Way in the Hypersonics Race
Hypersonic weapons are often heralded as the next game-changing military technology, promising to render air defenses obsolete and enable pinpoint strikes against high-value targets...
Apr 14, 2020
Navy Should Turn to Unmanned Systems to Hunt Submarines
A significant shortfall of today's ASW concepts is “closing the kill chain” by attacking enemy submarines. Air- or surface-launched weapons have short ranges and small...
Apr 1, 2020
Maritime Industry Still Important Facet of National Security
There's a maritime industry, it's just not as prominent as those from other countries. So in the U.S., you've got shipbuilders that build ships for the U.S. Navy, for the Coast...
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