Author Archives: Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D

How Cutting Nuclear Arsenals Can Make World War Three More Likely (From Forbes) Nuclear arsenals exist to deter attack.  Their size is less important than whether they convince a potential aggressor there is nothing to be gained by launching a surprise attack.  So nuclear reductions are not inherently virtuous — cutting the wrong [Read More...]
U.S. Marine Corps Retools Strategy As Tech Threats Mushroom (From Forbes) The Marine Corps has decided that it is not postured for the future.  A year-long review of service plans revealed multiple gaps in planned capabilities that could put Marines at a disadvantage in fighting the tech-savvy adversaries of tomorrow.  Among [Read More...]
“Distributed Lethality” Is The Surface Navy’s Strategy For The Trump Era (From Forbes) The Navy’s surface warfare community has embraced a new strategy for assuring sea control in the future that focuses on dispersing fleet assets rather than concentrating them.  It is called “distributed lethality,” and it is designed to greatly complicate the [Read More...]
Sales Outlook Brightens For Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter (From Forbes) When President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on December 22 that he had asked Boeing to price-out an alternative to the F-35 fighter based on the company’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, he stunned the defense industry.  Most observers had expected Super Hornet production [Read More...]
How Modernizing The U.S. Army Can Make Nuclear War Less Likely (From Forbes) President-elect Trump has frequently cited the need to modernize America’s aging nuclear arsenal.  He’s right: the Obama Administration took too long to commence recapitalization of the main bulwark we have against nuclear Armageddon. However, the way nuclear war is most [Read More...]
Why President Trump Needs A Five-Year Defense Plan On Day One (From Forbes) President-elect Donald Trump’s goals for revitalizing U.S. military capabilities are similar to those that president-elect Ronald Reagan espoused in 1981.  One lesson to be learned from Reagan’s success in rebuilding a hollow military is that it’s important to have a [Read More...]
How Trump Can Fix The F-35 Fighter Program Without Hurting American Warfighters, Workers Or Allies (From Forbes) The F-35 fighter program is a technological marvel, but as president-elect Trump has suggested, it doesn’t need to cost as much as it does.  Somewhere between 20-30% of program costs result from compliance with government regulations — regulations that in [Read More...]
Boeing Defense Headquarters Moving To The Nation’s Capital (From Forbes) The Boeing Company has decided to move the headquarters of its defense and space unit to the nation’s capital from Saint Louis, joining a migration that in recent decades has seen most of the Pentagon’s biggest suppliers relocate top brass [Read More...]
Five Reasons Trump’s Twitter Attack On The F-35 Fighter Is Dead Wrong — And Dangerous (From Forbes) President-elect Donald Trump’s latest attack on the aerospace industry targets the F-35 fighter.  He says program costs are out of control.  Not so: the most common version of F-35 will cost less than Trump’s Boeing 757-200 when it was new, [Read More...]
Forget About Air Force One: This Is The Plane That Will Give President Trump The Most Trouble (From Forbes) The controversy surrounding Air Force One will be fleeting, because the Air Force hasn’t settled on program requirements or contract terms yet.  The Air Force’s plan to build a new bomber is another matter.  The B-21 Raider (as it is [Read More...]
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