Jul 30, 2021
The U.S. Army Has a Good Modernization Strategy—It Must Stick With It
The FY2022 proposed defense budget was the first test of the U.S. Army’s commitment to its modernization program. Despite a stressful budget environment where the Army took a...
Jul 28, 2021
Light Amphibious Warship: A Mistake?
The Marine Corps and Navy are moving aggressively to redefine how they will conduct amphibious operations and reshape their fleets of amphibious warships. Perhaps they are moving too...
Jul 14, 2021
The Navy Needs To Acquire a Lot More Arleigh Burke Destroyers Now
The U.S. Navy is facing a crisis: it is too small to meet the operational requirements being imposed on it. Furthermore, in terms of overall capacity, it is falling behind China,...
Jul 3, 2021
AFSOC's Unique Array for Armed Overwatch Competition
Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has a well-deserved reputation for innovative, one-off, and rapid acquisition programs. It has also pioneered the repurposing of commercial...
Jun 24, 2021
Recapitalizing Strategic Sealift
The Department of Defense (DoD) has focused heavily on modernization and its associated concept, innovation. Emblematic of the enthusiasm for change is the strategic approach...
Jun 15, 2021
DoD Is Leading the Way in Creating a Federal Zero Trust IT Architecture
The phrase “DoD is leading the way” is one that has been largely absent from conversations having to do with information technologies and cybersecurity. Commercial...
Jun 2, 2021
The JLTV and the 21st Century American Way of Land Warfare
The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are looking to change how they will fight near-peer adversaries in the future. Both Services are focused on becoming more lethal, distributed, mobile...
May 28, 2021
Deterring China Will Require Better And More Widely Distributed Sensor Capabilities
The Indo-Pacific region is vast. The range, speed, and number of advanced weapons, both manned and unmanned, are increasing. U.S. and allied infrastructure are already within the...
May 15, 2021
Russia: Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Spoiler?
While the U.S. military likes to talk about being in an era of great power competition, it acts like there is only one real challenger: China. The armed forces are moving to...
May 6, 2021
Five Reasons Why The Nation Should Keep Building The National Security Cutter
A change in administrations always brings uncertainties regarding changes to strategies, budgets, force structures and acquisition programs. This year there are additional reasons to...
May 4, 2021
Great Power Competition Demands Revitalization of America’s Military Sealift
In an era of great power competition, the U.S. military has had to relearn a number of strategic facts. Perhaps the most important of these is the central role...
Apr 22, 2021
Guiding The Pentagon Through Perilous Times
The transition period of a new administration can be particularly challenging for new appointees at the Department of Defense (DoD). The FY2022 defense budget, written by the Trump...
Apr 15, 2021
The Thirty-Year Success Story Of The V-22 Osprey Must Continue
It has been three decades since the V-22 Osprey first flew. Over that time, the V-22 has confounded its critics and more than proven itself in operations from Southwest Asia to the...
Apr 6, 2021
Is The Pentagon Serious About Implementing Open Systems Architectures?
One of the most prevalent trends in defense acquisition is that modernizing and upgrading platforms and systems need to be based on open systems architectures, which is now called a...
Mar 27, 2021
Hypersonic Weapons Really Matter to U.S. Deterrence of Russia
Hypersonic weapons could dramatically change the balance of conventional military power between the United States and its major competitors, Russia and China. Russia is investing...
Mar 18, 2021
Defeating Small Drones: The U.S. Army’s Next Big Challenge
The proliferation of armed unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), also known as drones, presents a growing threat to maneuver ground forces, headquarters, logistics and critical...
Mar 16, 2021
Upgrading The Air Force’s New CSAR Helicopter With An HMD Will Save Lives
One of the most important yet often underappreciated missions in the U.S. Air Force is combat search and rescue (CSAR). As the name suggests, CSAR is primarily focused on finding and...
Mar 6, 2021
Enhancing U.S. Commitment to NATO by Selling Poland the M1
One of the first foreign policy actions taken by the Biden administration was to reaffirm this nation's belief in the NATO Alliance as the cornerstone of U.S. global security...
Feb 11, 2021
Comply-To-Connect Is on Track To Provide Key Capabilities for the Defense of Government and Private Networks
There is no shortage of security challenges facing the new Biden administration. One of the most important of these is securing federal government agencies, especially the Department...
Feb 3, 2021
AWS’s Presence on the Milcloud 2.0 Contract Finally Meets DoD’s Cloud Strategy Goal
On Monday, the Department of Defense's (DoD) campaign to migrate to the cloud took a major step forward. General Dynamics Information Technologies (GDIT) and Amazon Web Services...
Feb 1, 2021
Why the Age of the Aircraft Carrier Isn't Over Just Yet
Critics of the modern aircraft carrier too often focus only on the alleged vulnerabilities of the ship and fail to address the role of the carrier air wing. Large-deck...
Jan 27, 2021
U.S. Economic And National Security Require Robust Domestic GEOINT Industrial Base
Information is the common currency of successful economic, healthcare and national security policies. Countries that will thrive in the decades to come are those that can best...
Jan 16, 2021
Despite Hard Times, The F-35 Program Demonstrated Stellar Performance In 2020
In a year where the Department of Defense struggled to address a global pandemic, uncertainty at home, and multiple security challenges abroad, the F-35 program stands out as a...
Jan 6, 2021
The Standard Missile: America’s First Family Among Defense Programs
Many defense analysts, media commentators, and even some senior military personnel have been quick to criticize the U.S. military for its alleged failure to modernize rapidly. These...
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