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…

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…

Iraq 2012: Anchoring Regional Security

08/24/2010
By Dr. Robbin Laird Much of the Iraq withdrawal conversation has revolved around either the date of U.S. departure or protecting Americans left behind. Missing from the debate is arguably the most important strategic questions: How will Iraqi security be guaranteed during Iraq's continuing transition? What U.S. security policy is…

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…

Geopolitics in a Time of Rapid Technological Change

08/17/2010
By Dr. Alain Dupas and Gerard Huber [caption id="attachment_10346" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="(Credit Photo: Amazon.com)"][/caption] One of our regular contributors and his co-author have addressed the strategic shifts accompanying technological change in the first part of the 21st century. In a major book published in France earlier this year, Dupas and…

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…

The PRC Claim to Super-Power Status and the F-22: Not so fast!

08/17/2010
By Hon. Ed Timperlake It has often been claimed that there are no coincidences, which is a debating point without resolution. However, in matters of National Security, smart analysts should always consider that possibility. The Peoples Daily propaganda machine has recently announced the Peoples Republic of China is now a…

Iraq 2012: President’s Speech Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

08/17/2010
[caption id="attachment_10829" align="alignleft" width="128" caption="(Credit Photo: the Hudson Institute)"][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz In his August 2 speech before a Disabled American Veterans conference in Atlanta, President Barack Obama said that the American role in Iraq was transitioning from Operation Iraqi Freedom, a military effort led by U.S. combat troops,…