Zoltek Circumvents U.S. Export Controls By Moving Offshore

08/24/2010
By Richard McCormack Originally published in Manufacturing & Technology News on July 30, 2010 *** One American company selling a widely produced global product that the U.S. government says could be used by rogue states against American national security interests has found a way around U.S. government export controls. Zoltek…

The Challenge of Modernizing USCG Infrastructure: The Case of the Elizabeth City USCG Base

08/24/2010
An Interview with Captain Bennett Earlier this summer Second Line of Defense interviewed Captain Bennett, base commander at the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station. Captain Bennett discussed the challenges facing the facility with aging infrastructure impacting on operations and capabilities. Our website looks at concepts of operations and capabilities. Clearly…

Russia’s New Fifth Generation Fighter

08/17/2010
[caption id="attachment_10802" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Dr. Richard Weitz (Credit Photo: The Hudson Institute)"][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz The United States possess the only fifth-generation fighter currently in service, the F-22A Raptor stealth fighter, which entered the U.S. Air Force in 1997. The Russian Federation is hoping to join this exalted category…

High Tech CEO Wonders if Silicon Valley will Look Like Shenango Valley

08/17/2010
By Richard A. McCormack richard@manufacturingnews.com [caption id="attachment_10932" align="alignnone" width="300" caption=" "][/caption] Originally published in Manufacturing News , Volume 17, No.5 on March 31, 2010 It might not be very long before Silicon Valley, Calif., starts to take on the characteristics of Shenango Valley, Penn., if state and national policies don't…

Manufacturers Wonder If It’s Worth Staying In America

08/17/2010
By Richard A. McCormack [caption id="attachment_10932" align="alignnone" width="300" caption=" "][/caption] This article was originally published in Manufacturing News on June 30, 2010. Small- and medium-sized American manufacturing companies are feeling better about their prospects, as compared to last year at this time, but they remain cautious about the future. They…

An Update on F-35 Manufacturing: The Case of Wing Assembly

06/18/2010
6/20/2010 SLD visited the Fort Worth assembly plant for the F-35 in late April.  During the visit, the focus was upon the transformation of the outer wing box assembly production approach. During the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase, wings have been built in the more traditional military aircraft assembly…