Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

Pentagon Wants To Subsidize A Foreign Company So It Can Service U.S. Spy Satellites (From Forbes) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has hatched a plan for servicing satellites in orbit that seems distinctly out of sync with the priorities of the Trump administration.  The project is called “Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites,” and it was [Read More...]
Army Warns Congress Its Budget Behavior Will Get Soldiers Killed (From Forbes) Congress hasn’t managed to complete a federal budget in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year since 1997.  The partisan dysfunction that has discredited Capitol Hill in the eyes of many voters is so serious that it threatens [Read More...]
NASA Space Launch System Opens Pathway To Mars — And Thousands Of Jobs On Earth (From Forbes)   The companies that supply NASA’s project to one day send astronauts to Mars will be holding their annual conference in the nation’s capital next week.  Collectively, they and their federal customer employ over 10,000 workers on the project, the [Read More...]
Four Reasons President Trump Could Send U.S. Astronauts To Mars (From Forbes) President Trump hasn’t named his nominee to run NASA yet, but that agency could end up providing his presidency with its most memorable legacy.  Trump has been meeting with SpaceX founder Elon Musk, one of the nation’s foremost proponents of [Read More...]
How The Mattis Campaign Plan For Fixing America’s Military Will Transform The U.S. Army (From Forbes) Secretary of Defense James Mattis has issued a campaign plan for rebuilding the U.S. military that could be the best thing that has happened to America’s Army since the Reagan years.  The plan begins by fixing near-term shortfalls in readiness, [Read More...]
Trump Defense Team Inherits Bad Ideas About Air Power From The Obama Years (From Forbes) After eight years of capped budgets and deferred modernization under President Obama, the Air Force’s vision of the future has become confused.  Two items it is pursuing seem especially ill-conceived.  First, there is the plan for a “light fighter” that [Read More...]
Mattis Review Of F-35 Fighter Likely To Yield Lower Price, Faster Production (from Forbes) Secretary of Defense James Mattis has directed his deputy to conduct a review of the F-35 fighter program with an eye to reducing costs while keeping requirements intact.  This will not be hard to accomplish.  If the program simply stays [Read More...]
The U.S. Navy Is Headed Into Rough Seas With Its Computer Network (From Forbes) The U.S. Navy is contemplating a redesign of its highly reliable intranet — the biggest in the world — that could diminish service and security for 700,000 shore-based users.  The basic idea is to split an integrated architecture into four [Read More...]
Better Tanks For The Army Means More Manufacturing Jobs For The Midwest (from Forbes) FDR’s “arsenal of democracy” has been withering for two generations, thanks to a combination of predatory trading partners and bad federal management.  A case in point is the nation’s last remaining tank plant in Lima, Ohio which is turning out [Read More...]
A Reagan Moment Arrives For America’s Military (From Forbes) Donald Trump’s policy agenda is remarkably similar to Ronald Reagan’s, and that includes a commitment to rebuilding America’s military.  During his first four years in office, President Reagan increased the purchasing power of the Pentagon’s budget by 40%, with a [Read More...]
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