Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Five Questions The Reagan National Defense Forum Should Be Addressing (From The National Interest) This weekend the 2016 Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) will be held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. The topics chosen for discussion this year were selected months ago. All of them address important subjects. But I have [Read More...]
Donald Trump’s Best Military Weapon: A Bigger U.S. Army (From The National Interest) Today, the U.S. military is overextended, underfunded and in danger of being outmatched by rivals such as Russia and China. Unless the new President takes seriously his commitment to make the U.S. military so powerful nobody “will mess with us,” [Read More...]
Forget About Too Big To Fail, Our Military Has Become Too Small To Succeed (From The National Interest) After the 2008 financial crisis, the government decided that there are some banks that are too big to fail without risking the entire economy. The U.S. military is becoming too small to risk failure, except when confronting an existential threat. [Read More...]
5 Reasons Why Selling the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano Attack Aircraft to Nigeria is a Good Idea Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist terrorist organization and an ISIS affiliate, must be defeated. Since its founding in 2009, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands, killed more than 20,000 and created nearly 3 million refugees. In 2015 it won the world’s [Read More...]
Can The Air Force Juggle All Its Major Acquisition Programs? (from The National Interest) Like a profession juggler, the U.S. Air Force has a lot of balls in the air when it comes to major acquisition programs.  It is modernizing simultaneously its fleets of tactical fighters, bombers and aerial refueling tankers. The service is [Read More...]
The 5 Most Cost Effective Investments in Defense Trump Should Take Now (from The National Interest) President-elect Trump has made it clear he intends to rebuild a U.S. military that has been underfunded and overextended. The President-elect recognizes that there is a need for immediate action to redress this imbalance in military power. There will be [Read More...]
The New Defense Odd Couple: Trump and McCain (from The National Interest) Last night, the United States experienced a counter-revolution to the politics of Obama. Trump and McCain may well turn out to be the Odd Couple of that counter-revolution.  If the U.S. military is to be restored after eight years of [Read More...]
Why Would the Pentagon Hire A Russian State Company During a Time of Heightened Tensions? (from The National Interest) For the first time, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will allow Russian companies to supply unclassified communications and data transmission between U.S. service personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families and friends back in the United States. [Read More...]
How Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Program Became Boringly Successful (from The National Interest) The Joint Strike Fighter program has become boringly successful. Both the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force have declared initial operating capability. Equally important, both have a sufficient number of aircraft to do the development of operational concepts and tactics. [Read More...]
Are Tanks Obsolete?: YouTube Video Makes The Case For Active Protection Systems (from The National Interest) A YouTube video of an M-1 tank being destroyed by an ISIS-fired anti-tank guided missile makes an irrefutable case for the U.S. Army acquiring active protection systems (APS) now.  The Army says all the right things about wanting APS, but [Read More...]
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