The President’s Asian Journey

11/23/2009
By Harald Malmgren President Obama in China (credit: The White House, November 2009) As President Obama began his Asian journey, his White House aides said he viewed China as “America’s most vital partner in tackling the globe’s most intractable issues.”  The President himself said  “We meet at a time when…

The Challenge of Maritime Security in a Globalized World: The Case of Securing the Suez Canal

11/09/2009
The Danish firm Risk Intelligence provides regular assessments and consulting services to support governments and maritime firms in providing for enhanced maritime security. In their regular subscription publication Strategic Insights, the firm provides assessments of maritime security challenges and approaches to dealing with those challenges. The CEO of the firm,…

Speaking from Experience: Ken Miller’s Column

11/03/2009
I have had a broad experience base in Acquisition:  from working as a junior engineer on a few Programs to Deputy PEO for Naval TACAIR Aviation, on to a series of positions in the departments of the navy and the air force in the Acquisition, Strategy/programming and Requirements/Policy sectors. A…

Lessons Learned from the B-2 Acquisition Process

11/03/2009
Robert Dudney,  Editor in Chief of Air Force Magazine,  comments on the “Real B-2 Acquisition Mistakes” and the lessons one should apply when thinking about the acquisition of the next-generation bomber. *** In the B-2 program, one can find lots of mistakes not to repeat, but they aren’t as Robert Gates…

Richard Aboulafia on Italian Aerospace and Defense

11/01/2009
In his recent monthly Teal newsletter, Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group provided an insightful overview on the state of play of Italian aerospace and defense.  The global business is in a serious period of re-structuring and redesign.  The Russians, the Brazilians, the Chinese and the Japanese all have aspirations,…

Richard McCormack on the Current State Of U.S. Research

11/01/2009
The State Of U.S. Research: Fund Only Old Ideas It has gotten more difficult for university researchers to conduct high-risk research in the United States. Few programs exist for research into "transformational" science and technology, according to witnesses at a recent hearing on the subject held by the House Science…

Building Blocks for the Con-ops of Extended Deterrence of Iran

10/18/2009
Dick Kugler has recently published an interesting examination of the tough question of how one would deter a nuclear-armed Iran.[1] (http://www.ndu.edu/ctnsp/Def_Tech/DTP%2067%20Deterring%20Iran.pdf). He examines this from the standpoint of how the U.S. could spearhead an extended deterrent regime to deal with the emergence of a new nuclear power in the Middle East.…