How White House Budgeting Director Mick Mulvaney Sabotaged Trump’s Defense Spending Increase (From Forbes) President Trump has made rebuilding America’s military one of his top priorities.  He says it is more important than controlling budget deficits.  However, that is not the way White House budgeting director Mick Mulvaney apparently sees it.  He has structured [Read More...]
Five Reasons Why A Cyber National Guard Is A Good Idea (From RealClear Defense) Infrastructure cyber security should primarily be the responsibility of those public and private entities that own it.  However, there is a clear role for the federal government in cyber defense against attacks by hostile powers.  Several members of Congress have [Read More...]
Georgetown University Students Get Military Buy-In on Novel Approach To Solving Security Problems (From Forbes) The Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service has come up with a truly novel approach to solving national security problems.  A class called Hacking4Defense groups graduate students into interdisciplinary teams that apply lean startup theory [Read More...]
Capitalism In Space: The Beguiling Myth Market Forces Can Fix Everything (From Forbes) On March 10 the Center for a New American Security released a report entitled “Capitalism in Space” that argued the government should abandon its traditional approach to managing civil and military space programs, relying more on “free enterprise” to get [Read More...]
Pentagon & Industry Show The Value Of Performance-Based Logistics For more than twenty years, defense acquisition reformers have been pressing the Pentagon to make greater use of Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) in major sustainment contracts. Major U.S. aerospace companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin had demonstrated that, properly written, [Read More...]
Superpowered: How Nuclear Power Transformed America’s Navy (From The National Interest) Aircraft carriers and submarines are considered some of the most sophisticated weapons in the U.S. arsenal. As a result, they became symbols of American power projection. Without nuclear energy, however, submarines and aircraft carriers would be limited in their operational [Read More...]
Versatile V-22 Osprey Is The Most Successful New Combat System Since 9-11 (From Forbes) At its inception in the early 1990s, the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor was so controversial that Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney repeatedly tried to terminate it.  He didn’t succeed, because Congress and the Marine Corps could see the game-changing potential of [Read More...]
T-X Competition Shows The Strength Of America’s Aerospace Industry (From The National Interest) A major issue for U.S. defense planners is the shrinking U.S. aerospace and defense sector. Decades of consolidation has reduced the number of competitors in the major product lines to less than a handful of prime contractors. So it is [Read More...]
21st Century Warfare May Require Turning The Joint Staff Into A General Staff (From The National Interest) For seventy years, since Congress created the modern U.S. national security system, the National Security Act has handicapped military decision-making by limiting the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The 1947 National Security Act (NSA) created the modern U.S. [Read More...]
Army Needs One Hour Of Federal Spending Per Year To Fix Vulnerable Links — And Can’t Find It (from Forbes) If you can’t move on the modern battlefield, then you probably can’t survive.  However, most of the U.S. Army’s combat units are equipped with communications gear that requires them to come to a halt before communicating with headquarters.  If they [Read More...]
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