Jul 24, 2021
U.S. Shipbuilding Is at Its Lowest Ebb Ever
In 1919, Ralph D. Paine began a brief history of the old U.S. merchant marine with these words: “The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems...
Jul 22, 2021
Why F-35 Support Costs Will Fall in the Future
So key members of Congress are outraged at what seems to be a searing indictment of the Pentagon’s biggest weapons program. Obviously, this begs the question of why countries...
Jul 16, 2021
Air Force’s ‘Bridge Tanker’ Will Likely Be a Bridge to Nowhere
The U.S. Air Force in June released a “sources sought” announcement for the next installment in its program to replace over 400 aged aerial refueling tankers. The new...
Jul 14, 2021
Biden’s Competition Order Bolsters Lockheed-Aerojet Merger
President Biden’s executive order launching a whole-of-government campaign to promote competition in the U.S. economy is long overdue. Enforcement of antitrust measures has...
Jul 2, 2021
Bath Iron Works’ Many Setbacks. The Next Could Be Different.
In the 128 years since Maine’s Bath Iron Works (BIW) delivered its first gunboats to the U.S. Navy, the nation’s oldest full-service shipyard has endured many...
Jun 30, 2021
The Next-Generation Air Combat Training System
Earlier this year, the Collins Aerospace unit of Raytheon Technologies, working with teammate Leonardo DRS, received Pentagon approval to commence production of a next-generation air...
Jun 29, 2021
5 Ways the F-35A Is Becoming More Affordable to Operate
In the two decades since Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to develop the F-35 fighter, the industrial team it formed has had to overcome many engineering challenges. Each of...
Jun 23, 2021
How China Will Try to Unmask U.S. Submarines
In mid-July, the latest in a series of classified seminars will be held at the Charles Stark Draper Lab adjacent to MIT’s campus to educate naval personnel and contractors...
Jun 19, 2021
Army Signals the Abrams Tank Is Here to Stay
The U.S. Army is in the midst of a generational transformation in its warfighting technology that by the end of this decade will begin replacing some of the service’s...
Jun 16, 2021
Air Force’s Plan For China Could Make Nuclear War More Likely
Late last year, the U.S. Air Force conducted a secret war game testing how it might repulse a Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 2030. As described by Valerie Insinna in Defense...
Jun 10, 2021
The Russian Submarine Threat in the Atlantic Is Growing
Over a hundred years after German U-boats first threatened Britain’s maritime lifelines to North America, submarines continue to pose a danger to the security of Western...
Jun 5, 2021
The Good News About Boeing’s KC-46 Tanker
KC-46 will play a pivotal role in supporting U.S. military services and overseas allies in future military operations.
Jun 4, 2021
Biden's Weapons Budget Is Just Like Trump’s
If you were expecting the Biden administration to cancel a raft of weapons programs inherited from the Trump years, guess again. The Pentagon investment priorities revealed by the...
May 29, 2021
First Look: Air Force 2022 Budget Is All About Technology
The U.S. Air Force on Friday unveiled details of its first budget request during the Biden years, stressing investment in a slew of overdue technology initiatives. The proposed...
May 28, 2021
5 Reasons Critics Are Wrong for Blocking Lockheed-Aerojet Merger
The Federal Trade Commission is currently completing its review of a proposed merger between defense contractor Lockheed Martin LMT +0.5% and...
May 27, 2021
CACI Steadily Grows Leadership in Emerging Security Missions
Federal contractors working in the national security field tend to be a discreet lot. Much of what they do is secret, and sharing details too widely can help enemies counter U.S....
May 21, 2021
Rethinking the Next-Generation Destroyer
The U.S. Navy is struggling to keep up with China’s massive investment in new warships. Although American warships are more capable and American sailors are better trained, if...
May 15, 2021
Raytheon Intelligence & Space President Roy Azevedo
Raytheon Technologies RTX +2.5% celebrated its first birthday on April 3. The company came together in the biggest aerospace merger ever just as the global pandemic...
May 13, 2021
Why Future SecAF Needs to Get Up to Speed on the B-21
President Biden has nominated former Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall to be the next Secretary of the Air Force. It will be some time before the Senate gets around to holding...
May 11, 2021
Army Endorses CH-47 Chinook Upgrades
The clouds hanging over the biggest industrial complex in southeastern Pennsylvania began to clear Wednesday as Army leaders endorsed helicopter upgrades essential to its future. In...
May 5, 2021
Oshkosh’s Industry Changing Military Vehicle Footprint
The U.S. Army’s competition to develop a successor for its venerable Bradley infantry fighting vehicle has attracted a formidable array of contenders, both foreign and...
May 1, 2021
Army’s Development of LRPF Destabilizes Boundaries With USAF
The recent efforts of airpower proponents to discredit Army pursuit of long-range fires looks, at first blush, like the kind of inter-service bickering that often breaks out when...
Apr 27, 2021
The Navy’s Destroyer Fleet Needs a Bridge to the Future
The U.S. Navy wants to develop a successor to the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers, the most successful surface combatant of the postwar era. July 4 of this year marks the 30th...
Apr 23, 2021
Why a Lockheed-Aerojet Merger Is Good for Defense
Lockheed Martin’s LMT -1.8% proposed merger with Aerojet AJRD +0.1% Rocketdyne, announced in December, is currently under review by the Federal...
Apr 15, 2021
Why Air Power Advocates Are Wrong About Armys LRPF
Proponents of the Air Force’s heavy bombers have launched a campaign to discredit Army plans for its own long-range strike systems. One article in the Air Force...
Apr 10, 2021
Navy's Rationale For Future Large Surface Combatant is Dubious
The U.S. Navy’s director of air warfare did taxpayers a big favor last week when he opined that there is no need for a new class of light aircraft carriers. That half-baked...
Apr 3, 2021
The Army Needs To Rethink Its Opposition to Upgrading the Chinook Helicopter
Shortly after President Trump took office in 2017, the U.S. Army certified to Congress that upgrades of its CH-47F Chinook heavy lifter were a high priority for which funding had...
Apr 2, 2021
Textron Bets Big on Next-Generation Weapons
Providence, Rhode Island-based Textron is emerging from the global pandemic in good shape. Its commercial lines, such as Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes, are poised for a strong...
Mar 30, 2021
Taiwan Tripwire: A New Role for the U.S. Army
The island of Taiwan, home to the Republic of China, occupies a pivotal position in Washington’s Sino-centric defense strategy. Geographically, Taiwan is the anchor of the...
Mar 23, 2021
The Media Is Flat-Out Wrong: The U.S. Military Needs the F-35
Every few years or so, national media rediscover that the F-35 fighter is the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program. Then, predictably, they get all of the facts wrong. Know...
Mar 16, 2021
Biden-Era Flashpoints Where the F-35 Could Prove Decisive
The F-35 fighter being bought for three U.S. military services and a dozen allies is going through one of its periodic rough patches with the political culture. Although the price of...
Mar 11, 2021
Biden’s Supply Chain Worries Signal A Looming Crisis
Contrary to what you may have heard, Republicans and Democrats do not disagree on everything. When it comes to the growing economic challenge posed by China, they seem to share...
Mar 9, 2021
10 Reasons Nearly Nothing Can Stop the F-35 Stealth Fighter
Collectively, these ten indicators support the assessment of the late Senator John McCain that the F-35 is destined to be “the greatest combat aircraft in...
Mar 2, 2021
How the Biden Administration Can Save a Bundle Building Warships
President Biden’s defense team is reworking the Pentagon’s fiscal 2022 budget request to reflect the new administration’s priorities. The biggest challenge is...
Feb 27, 2021
No Way Out: Why Nuclear Modernization Is Necessary
Last week I participated in an online panel about modernizing the U.S. strategic arsenal sponsored by the Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance. ANWA, as it is called, is one of the few...
Feb 20, 2021
China Sanctions Could Complicate Reengining of B-52 Bomber
In January the U.S. Department of Defense sanctioned Chinese civil-aviation manufacturer COMAC due to concern that it shares technology with the People’s Liberation Army. The...
Feb 17, 2021
Five Issues in Reviewing a Lockheed-Aerojet Merger
In December the world’s biggest military contractor, Lockheed LMT -0.8% Martin, disclosed plans to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne AJRD -0.4%. Aerojet is...
Feb 13, 2021
The Five Most Important Facts About The F-35 Fighter
When the Clinton administration first conceived the notion of a “joint strike fighter” in 1995, it was the ideal solution to a host of military challenges. The basic idea...
Feb 10, 2021
Biden Needs To Protect U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Industry
The U.S. remote sensing industry is in grave danger of being wiped out by foreign competitors. Known in military circles as geospatial intelligence, the industry’s products are...
Feb 6, 2021
Why Nuclear Arms Control Won’t Work Without New Weapons
President Biden made good on one of his campaign promises this week by extending the last Cold War arms control agreement still in force for another five years, to...
Feb 3, 2021
Five Progressive Reasons To Not Cut the Defense Budget
There is a widespread perception in our political culture that progressives, or as we used to call them, liberals, are opposed to military spending. Having participated in the...
Jan 30, 2021
Turning the JLTV Into a Science Fair Dangerous for Warfighters
There’s a longstanding ritual among defense contractors and pundits when a new president takes office. They try to convince the incoming administration that their priorities...
Jan 27, 2021
What Will President Biden Do With U.S. Missile Defense?
Joe Biden never has been much impressed with plans to protect the United States against attacks by long-range ballistic missiles. During the Reagan years, he fought proposals to...
Jan 23, 2021
The U.S. Army Is in Great Shape. Let’s Not Screw It Up.
Domestic conditions in the U.S. over the last year have been so poor—a pandemic, a recession, an insurrection—that a casual observer could easily conclude the Trump years...
Jan 20, 2021
4 Reasons the Navy’s Plans Are Doomed in the Biden Era
It is now a year since the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, roiled the waters in Washington by proposing that his service receive a bigger share of the...
Jan 14, 2021
Pentagon Report Paints Grim Picture of America’s Industrial Decline
The arsenal of democracy may not be dead, but it is definitely dying. That’s the message I got from perusing the Pentagon’s 2020 assessment of U.S. industrial...
Jan 9, 2021
4 Biggest Hurdles to Rebuilding the Nuclear Bomber Force
The Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers has grown decrepit with age. The 158 aircraft remaining in the fleet—down nearly 50% from the 290 that existed when the Cold War...
Jan 6, 2021
Why Getting Rid of U.S. ICBMs Could Make Nuclear War More Likely
President-elect Biden has signaled that his administration will review the U.S. nuclear posture with an eye to revitalizing strategic arms control negotiations and potentially...
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