2 Things Donald Trump’s ‘Big League’ Military Build-Up Must Include (from The National Interest) President Trump will propose adding $54 billion to the FY2018 defense budget.  Much of this is likely to be spent on improved readiness. Years of underfunding, downsizing and overuse have left the U.S. military in a state of profound unreadiness. [Read More...]
5 Reasons Donald Trump Should Love the F-35 (Like Containing China) (From The National Interest) President Donald Trump is concerned about the costs associated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But the F-35 is arguably crucial to five Trump Administration priorities.  While working to control costs on the aircraft, the new administration should also consider [Read More...]
Trump ‘Historic’ Defense Increase Is Barely Above What Obama Planned — And Faces Similar Obstacles (From Forbes) Despite all the hoopla in the media about President Trump proposing big increases in defense spending at the expense of domestic programs, the White House plan announced Monday would only raise Pentagon outlays 3% higher in 2018 than the amount [Read More...]
As N. Korea Concerns Grow, Here’s How Little U.S. Is Spending To Defend Against A Ballistic Missile Attack (From Forbes) The biggest threat to America’s security isn’t terrorism or cyber attacks, it’s the danger a country like North Korea will launch nuclear warheads against the U.S. homeland. One nuclear warhead detonated over a major American city could kill millions.  So [Read More...]
CAPITOL HILL EVENT – Army Rapid Equipping Forum – 2.27.17 The Lexington Institute is organizing a Capitol Hill forum on Monday, February 27th to discuss U.S. Army rapid equipping needs. Topics that will be discussed at this forum include enhanced lethality, force protection, aviation upgrades, battlefield communications, and electronic warfare.  [Read More...]
Problems With Navy’s Planned NGEN-R Competition Pose Threat To Network In a nation burdened by excessive government regulation, there is no more-overregulated part of the U.S. economy than the defense and aerospace sector. Whether it is the requirement to maintain a unique accounting system, endless demands for cost and pricing [Read More...]
In A Time Of Rising Nationalism, Boeing Becomes The Model Of What An American Company Should Be (From Forbes) In the three months since Donald Trump was elected president, no corporate executive has interacted more with him than Boeing Chairman & CEO Dennis Muilenburg.  Trump apparently has concluded that the nation’s biggest exporter is a model for how he [Read More...]
Why Trump Needs to Deploy Missile Defenses to Counter North Korea and Iran (from The National Interest) The efforts by North Korea and Iran to develop ballistic missiles capable of targeting not only its regional adversaries but the U.S. homeland are intensifying. Two days ago, it directly challenged the new U.S. Administration and the international community by [Read More...]
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...]
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