Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

F-35 Set to Become the World’s Fighter It’s called the Lightning II, but perhaps it should be renamed the Phoenix. Like the mythical bird, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has risen from the ashes.  This is a program that once seemed to be on life support, [Read More...]
Now Only NATO Unites Europe The European Union (EU) was never truly about economics. It was always a political organization. Actually, its primary purpose was to ensure peace and security for the continent. This was a major reason why the EU was generally tolerant of [Read More...]
Maybe Today’s International Security Environment Is More Like 1618 Than 1938 Devotees of the Guardians of the Galaxy series of books might remember the line “History doesn’t repeat itself but sometimes it rhymes.”  A popular meme in the works of defense and foreign policy experts for the past several years is [Read More...]
The Navy Is Smart To Consider Private Sector Solution For Helicopter Pilot Training The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA and pronounced as if it were Ol’ Blue Eyes) has two problems, both common to many parts of the U.S. military.  First, he has to conduct training for helicopter pilots using a fleet [Read More...]
The Jones Act And Homeland Security In The 21st Century For nearly a century, the Jones Act has protected the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base and ensured the continuation of an American merchant marine.  Since September 11, it has also become an important instrument for the protection of the U.S. homeland [Read More...]
America Needs A More Lethal As Well As Survivable Army The U.S. Army once was superior to every potential adversary in terms of combat power, what it called overmatch. This is no longer entirely true. In the future battlefields, the Army will face enemies that will be extremely lethal, more [Read More...]
Armoring Our Critical Infrastructure Against Cyber Attack Cyber attacks or hacks of major U.S. companies and government offices for profit or gain have become all but routine. Banks and other financial institutions are regularly attacked for the most obvious reason; that is where the money is. Health [Read More...]
Is The Third Offset Just A Cover For Shrinking The Military? When he became Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter found himself with a seemingly insoluble dilemma. He needed simultaneously to maintain high readiness of existing forces that are in continuous use around the world fighting Islamic jihadists and deterring state adversaries [Read More...]
The Air Force Needs A New High-Low Mix The U.S. Air Force faces a serious force structure dilemma. On the one hand, it desperately needs to modernize its fighter, bomber and drone fleets in order to be able to maintain air dominance in the decades to come. Fourth-generation [Read More...]
Army Acquisition Is Running Out Of Time More Than Money Of all the services, the U.S. Army faces the greatest number of challenges going forward. It is still bound up in two difficult local conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan while continuing to downsize to an uncertain final end-strength. Units and [Read More...]
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