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Competition In Rocket Motors At Risk As Northrop Absorbs Orbital

There’s a saying on Wall Street that if a merger doesn’t raise antitrust concerns, then it probably isn’t worth doing. Mergers usually are proposed to improve the competitive positioning of the partners. When they impede the functioning of market forces by limiting competition, though, regulators …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

DoD Takes the Right Approach on JEDI Cloud Procurement

On July 26, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for its much anticipated and politically sensitive Joint …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

U.S. Navy Boosts Submarine Plans As Tensions With Russia And China Worsen

In the years since the Cold War ended, the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines has been one of the defense department’s most successful weapons programs. Produced from its inception through a partnership of the Electric Boat unit of General Dynamics and the Newport News Shipbuilding …

Military

Increasing U.S. Tank Production Helps National Security and the Industrial Base

From the outset, the Trump Administration has been committed both to rebuilding America’s military and revitalizing the industrial base that supports …

Military

Why Marine Aviation Is Leaping Into The Future And Army Aviation Isn't

During the two difficult decades following the 9-11 attacks, the U.S. Marine Corps transformed its aviation arm. Aging CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters were replaced by far more capable MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotors, which combine the vertical agility of a rotorcraft with the speed and range of a fixed-wing …

Military

Navy's Aegis Combat System Takes Center Stage As Missile Threats Proliferate

The U.S. Navy plays a vital role in deterring nuclear aggression with its fleet of ballistic missile submarines. Because the subs can’t be targeted when submerged, they are the most survivable component of the nation’s strategic deterrent. Being able to survive an attack and then retaliate …

Military

U.S. Military Sites in Europe Are Dependent on Russia for Electricity

As the Nord Stream II pipeline is beginning construction in the Baltic Sea, President Donald Trump warned that Germany has become “captive to …

Nord Stream

The Trump Administration Must Revitalize NATO’s Nuclear Deterrent

Russia is a military power primarily because of its large arsenal of nuclear weapons. So central are these weapons to Moscow’s foreign and defense …

Geopolitics

The F-35 Is Too Good To Fail

The West is in danger of losing the fight to operate effectively in contested airspace. Russia and China have developed and continue to improve their …

Military

Congress Must Reform Military Sustainment As It Did Acquisition

The U.S. military's Achilles heel in future conflicts will not be inferior technology. Rather, it will be an antiquated, industrial-age sustainment …

How The Air Force Could Become The Biggest Threat To The F-35 Fighter's Success

Two decades and three presidents after development of what was once called the Joint Strike Fighter commenced, the F-35 fighter is looking like a success. Three variants tailored to the needs of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps have met all of their performance objectives. A test program …

Military

Boeing Recaptures C-17 Trainer Contract

​FARNBOROUGH, England—Boeing has won back a lucrative contract to update the Air Force’s C-17 aircrew trainer and maintenance trailer systems, a …

How Electric Vehicles Reduce the Cost of Doing Business

According to the Department of Energy, charging an electric car costs about half as much as fueling a gasoline-powered car. The U.S. average per …

Congress Must Not Retreat On Acquisition Reform Over JEDI Cloud Contract

For the past five or six years, Congress has led the fight to reform the Pentagon’s slow, risk averse and costly acquisition system. Led by …

Putting Interceptors On Trucks Is The Fastest Way Trump Can Bolster Missile Defense Of America

The greatest threat to the survival of American democracy isn’t cyber attacks or terrorist aggression, it is nuclear war. Russia has over a thousand nuclear warheads aimed at the United States; a few dozen would be sufficient to collapse the economy and kill tens of millions. It would be comforting …

The Nuclear Reactor Renaissance: Space Exploration and National Security

The nuclear power sector is seeing a resurgence in innovation, supported by new policies and emerging technologies. The general public and various …

Raytheon's Pathfinder Program For Next-Gen GPS Has Become A Breakthrough Success

Cutting-edge defense projects often encounter unexpected challenges. When the contractor is competent and Congress is patient, those challenges are usually overcome. In the process, though, public perceptions of where a program stands often become wildly out of sync with the underlying reality.<p>For …

Military

The U.S. Military Can’t Wait for the Politics of Cloud Contracting to Be Resolved

In most businesses and government organizations, whether local, state or federal, changing information technology (IT) systems gets little attention …

A Quick Fix For U.S. Navy Surveillance Gaps In Asia

Even before China began building military bases in the South China Sea and taking over commercial ports in Asia, the U.S. Navy was facing a nearly impossible task in trying to police the Indo-Pacific region.<p>The U.S. Seventh Fleet headquartered in Japan and the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquartered in …

Electric Vehicles: Automakers Are Ahead of the Customer

In coming years, automakers will unveil dozens of new electric vehicle (EV) models. Ford alone recently announced that it is investing $11 billion in …

Why China Wants A Super Rocket Like NASA's Space Launch System

On the eve of America’s Independence Day celebration this year, the Chinese official news agency Xinhua carried a story detailing how Beijing intends to catch up with and surpass the most ambitious rocket program the U.S. has ever attempted. That program is NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), and it …

Germany’s choice for a Tornado replacement could undermine NATO

It is clear to any reasonable observer that the state of the NATO alliance is not good. Even as a candidate, Donald Trump made it clear that he …

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2 - Protecting the Grid: EMP & CYBER ATTACK

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The Navy's New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers Could Be a Game Changer - And We Need More of Them (From The National Interest)

With their ability to move globally, project power against the land from a sovereign base at sea, act as the centerpiece for the organization of …

The Lexington Institute: Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum

Read Mindstar's Concierge Security Report on Identity Theft Part II: The Criminal Enterprise.<p>LeighAnne Baxter<p>WhiteHawk CEO, Terry Roberts, was …

DHS cyber specialist: look for behavior patterns with APTs

To better track advanced hacking groups, U.S.-based companies should watch for signals in human behavior instead of changing tactics, according to …

Fat Pentagon budget brings jobs to struggling Ohio tank factory — and a political payoff for Trump

They come in as “rusties”— corroded steel tank hulls mothballed and left for dead years ago.<p>But after an overhaul by newly hired welders and machinists at a Pentagon-owned factory here in northwestern Ohio, they roll off the assembly line as new 80-ton Abrams M1A2 tanks for the U.S. Army.<p>The Lima …