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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

Fri, Aug 4, 2017

How to be like Ike

Project Solarium as a model for assessing defense-industrial policy It is hard not to read a pretext for protectionism into the Executive Order President Trump signed last month under the ponderous title, “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” And yet, the Administration also has gone […]

Defense Industrialist by Steven Grundman

Defense Industry Economy & Business

Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Maybe not so rare after all

As the long term prognosis for the rare-earths business shows, the administration should move carefully in “strengthening supply chain resiliency.” On 21 July, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on “assessing and strengthening the manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chain resiliency of the United States.” Within 270 days, the departments of defense, commerce, […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

China Defense Industry

Mon, Jul 24, 2017

“The whole network needs to mesh in wartime”

Avoiding despair about military radio communications is the first step towards robust solutions. The US Army may be taking a knee in its pursuit of modernizing its battlefield radio communications. After fifteen years of pursuing its Warfighter Information Network Tactical (WIN-T) program, the service seems to be reconsidering the specifics of its path towards robust, on-the-move […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Security & Defense

Wed, Jun 21, 2017

No, Senator, it’s not 90 percent.

Senator John McCain of Arizona was rather tough on the administration’s nominee to be deputy defense secretary. The senator is simply incorrect about the concentration of supplier power in defense in the United States. The Pentagon’s five biggest supply accounts were awarded 27.8 percent of the gross value of its new contracts in 2014. None of these figures approach 90 percent.

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Security & Defense