Bad Trade Policies Are Hurting U.S. National Security
That our government sat idly by as we became completely dependent on other countries to supply us with defense-critical rare-earth elements (REEs) is scandalous. That the country we are now dependent on for REEs is China, a hostile power, is ...
It’s Time to Turn the Page on the F-35: Here’s How
Much of the support for the F-35 fighter program comes from well-intentioned folks who, while acknowledging that the F-35 costs too much and is nowhere near as good as Lockheed Martin claims, feel that we must move forward with it ...
How the Navy’s Zumwalt-Class Destroyers Ran Aground
On November 22, while the world watched, the U.S. Navy’s newest, most complex warship ground to a stop in the middle of the Panama Canal, both propellers seized, leaving the ship dead in the water. The warship, the USS ...
Why a Big-Ship Navy Can’t Win the Wars of the Future
China’s increasingly aggressive declarations of territorial claims in the South China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, combined with its building up of armed artificial islands as bases from which to exert military power, are shining a spotlight on the ...
Putting Women in Combat Is an Even Worse Idea Than You’d Think
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. — General George S. Patton
What may be Old Blood and Guts’ most famous line is ...
While in Iraq the U.S. Air Force is sending A-10 Warthogs on successful sortie after successful sortie against the Islamic State, back here at home, Air Force brass are renewing their efforts to scrap the legendary plane.
In fact, ...
‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II
Editor’s Note: This article concludes Mike Fredenburg’s series on replacing the disastrous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Part I explains why the program should be considered a failure and argues that the Trump administration should proactively cancel the ...
Mr. President, Cancel the F-35
Our incoming president’s willingness to boldly challenge the status quo is arguably the main reason he was elected. And no defense project is more representative of a disastrous status quo than the 20-year-old Joint Strike Fighter program — the F-35. ...
Will the Next Air Force Bomber Be an Underperforming, Over-Budget Mess?
Last month the Air Force announced it had received the final competing design submissions from Northrop Grumman and Boeing/Lockheed Martin for the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B), also known as the B-3. The Air Force will be reviewing the two ...
The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad
The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come.
“You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey ...
What if the World’s Most Expensive Fighter Planes Can’t Defeat Our Enemies?
On April 15, 1953, North Korean Po-2 biplanes strafed a U.S. Army tent on Chodo Island, off the Korean mainland. The attack killed two U.S. servicemen.
Remarkably, that night, more than 60 years ago, was the last time a U.S. ...
Railguns: The Next Big Pentagon Boondoggle?
For years now, Navy officials have been boosting a new technology, the railgun, as an ideal next-generation piece of artillery for America’s ships. But there’s good reason to believe it won’t live up to the hype — and ...