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Thu, Apr 4, 2019

NATO at seventy: Filling NATO’s critical defense-capability gaps

The need to outfit and equip NATO for great power competition, as well as increased pressure to invest more in defense, provides an opportunity to strengthen NATO for the future. Yet the path forward is still unclear. What investments should be prioritized to ensure that NATO retains its fighting mindset well past its seventieth anniversary in 2019?

NATOat70 by Wayne A. Schroeder

Defense Industry Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Mar 18, 2019

Bad advice

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko recently advocated building intermediate-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles to target and presumably use against Russia. No doubt Poroshenko calculated that he might gain a political advantage during the final days of a tough campaign for reelection by adopting this hawkish stance. And he may have also thought it made military […]

UkraineAlert by Stephen Blank

Conflict Defense Industry

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Why Poroshenko doesn’t deserve a second term

Ukraine needs a change. The latest scandal, involving allegations of massive profiteering from the war against Russia by well-connected Ukrainians, proves the need for a new leader in the upcoming presidential election. Allegations are that the son of a close business partner of President Petro Poroshenko sold smuggled Russian parts to Ukrainian defense factories at […]

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Conflict Corruption

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Q&A: Will scandal sink Poroshenko’s second term chances?

On February 25, investigative journalists accused President Petro Poroshenko’s close associates of getting rich by smuggling spare parts for military equipment from Russia. The Bihus.Info report claims that the son of Oleh Hladkovskiy, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, was the mastermind behind a scheme to buy spare parts from Russia in 2015. […]

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Conflict Corruption

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

India’s quest for fighter jets: Make in India vs. Make America Great Again

Working in tandem with India to improve its capacity to play a stronger role in the region and uphold the existing liberal order, would be a critical stride for US grand strategy.

Report by Bharath Gopalaswamy

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Aerospace revelations: What could possibly go wrong?

The Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelations, let us recall, are no cowpokes but terrible harbingers of the end of times, each marked by the color of the horse he rides to summon a hardship which by degrees is more cataclysmic than the last. Holding that allusion in mind, I use the seasonal tradition of AerospaceDefenseChain to harvest my critical thinking about the things that could possibly go wrong and turn to doom and dust today’s happy outlook on the second century of aerospace. Put differently, “How could we screw this up?”

Defense Industrialist by Steven Grundman

Defense Industry Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

An EU air force is impossible; Fortunately, it’s not necessary.

To rebuild robust air forces, Europeans should just get back to basics. Early last month, as David Cenciotti of the Aviationist reported, A-10Cs of the Maryland Air National Guard were again practicing landings and take-offs from stretches of highway in Estonia, though with occasional casualties amongst the roadsigns. About a year prior, it was A-10Cs of the […]

Commanders Series by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Wed, Aug 30, 2017

An EU navy is impossible; Fortunately, it’s not necessary.

To rebuild robust naval forces, Europeans should think less like Americans, and more like Russians. As I noted yesterday, Brexit has opened all sorts of talk about the future of British and European military activities. To continue the argument today, let’s tack towards naval matters. In “All the Queen’s Ships” (Proceedings of the US Naval Institute, January […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry European Union

Tue, Aug 29, 2017

An EU army is impossible; Fortunately, it’s not necessary.

To rebuild robust land forces, Europeans should think a little like Americans, a little like Russians, and otherwise for themselves. Shortly after the Brexit vote last June, those-in-the-know in Europe started calling for a renewed effort at a common European military force. A year ago this month, General Vincenzo Camporini, former head of the Italian general staff, told […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Can defense industrialists work with Trump?

Whatever opprobrium the president is owed, his administration’s more important initiatives deserve attention. Donald Trump’s twin business advisory panels have collapsed. Members of both the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum had been resigning quickly, and according to today’s Wall Street Journal—“CEOs Scrap Trump Panels”—they voted yesterday just to disband. At first, the president […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Economy & Business