China and Strategic Arms Control

07/15/2019
by Richard Weitz From July 8-11, there was a chance to attend and participate in  the Eighth World Peace Forum in Beijing, organized by Tsinghua University in partnership with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People's Republic of China, delivered the opening keynote,…

The Coming of the Barracuda Attack Submarine to the French Navy

07/11/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - There will be much national pride and honor when French industry hands over July 12 to the Navy the first nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarine, a new-generation boat three years late and generating an initial loss in the contract worth €9.1 billion ($10.2 billion)  for six…

Operation Carthage: Technology May Advance, But the Friction of War Remains

07/11/2019
By Damien Hare The popular perception of bombing in World War II is of inaccuracy and indiscriminate destruction. Despite early intentions to conduct precision raids in Europe, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Forces found that limitations of technology, training and the elements severely…

The Australian Defence Minister Visits the UK: July 2019

07/10/2019
Recently, the new Australian Defence Minister visited the UK to discuss common ground as the two regional powers discussed ways to enhance their collaboration in the period ahead. In an article by Stephen Kuper published on July 10, 2019, the focus of the Minister’s visit to the UK was the…

The Case of Indian Acquisition of Mig-29s: Why Buy a 40-Year Old Aircraft?

07/10/2019
By Lt Gen VK Saxena (Retd) It was reported in the media in Apr 2019 that the Indian Air force (IAF) was in talks with Russia to purchase 21 MiG-29 combat jets which were actually built in late 1980s for the then Soviet Air Force but were never assembled and…

Thales and the Future Combat Air System

06/14/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - French electronics company Thales expects to bring greater network connection and speeded up responses as contributions to the Future Combat Air System, a project key to the concept of European defense backed by president Emmanuel Macron. “Clearly the role that we intend to play, in…

Changing the Business Rules: Moving Beyond Slo Mo War Preparation

12/18/2017
2017-12-18 By Brian Morra The Department of Defense’s acquisition system is a major cause of the erosion of the defense capabilities of the United States. This erosion is visible in high profile, fatal accidents like those the US Navy has experienced in the Western Pacific over the past two years.…