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 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…

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,…

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.…

Michael Wynne on: The Industrial Impact of the Decision to Terminate the F-22 Program

10/02/2009
[caption id="attachment_630" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Michael Wynne at Normandy"][/caption] Secretary of the Air Force Donley together with the Air Force Chief of Staff Schwartz wrote an oped over this past summer wanting to put the contentious F-22 debate behind them. With their then recent installation and the heated debate on 'next…

Ambassador Glassman on: Japan and Defense Modernization: Critical Catalyst for Regional Stability and Recovery

09/22/2009
[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="137" caption="Ambassador Jon Glassman"][/caption] Ambassador Glassman addresses the important question of how the new governments of the industrial democracies will address defense modernization. The global economic crisis could lead to a significant reduction in the capability of these democracies to defend themselves and their interests. Short-sided economic…

The European Missile Defense Decision: impact on Con Ops and industrial ripple effect

09/21/2009
In late September, the President announced the termination of the plans to place missile interceptors in Central Europe. In so doing, Secretary Gates and President Obama indicated that they were replacing the old plan with a new one (for an interesting comment on this decision see Colin Clark on DOD…