Of Kills Zones, Bear Hugs, and Plant Tours

4 February 2021

The pandemic has accustomed us to living in virtual worlds and hearing speculation about the ways in which our actual lives may never resume as before. Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently said that he believes “over 50 percent of business… 
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“Efficiencies” Are Not the Answer

25 October 2020

We are not going to “efficiency” our way out of the hard choices which the next administration will face fitting an already straining defense posture under a flatlined budget. In a commentary published in August, I expressed the hope that… 
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The Outlook for US Defense Spending

5 August 2020

I am surprised by the vigorous hand-wringing this summer over the prospects for defense spending in a Democrat-dominated government beginning in January 2021. There’s every indication that the Democrats who may come to office next year with meaningful power over… 
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War Words

25 November 2019

Next month at a small theatre in Los Angeles Westside, the Atlantic Council is presenting the workshop production of a new stage play it has been incubating, War Words, by the award-winning playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks. Based on Brooks’s interviews with those who… 
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The Next Frontier of Defense-Industrial Strategy

9 September 2019

How could we achieve a seamless integration of the industrial bases of the United States and its closest allies? That is the question addressed earlier this week in London at the Quadrilateral Conference of trade associations representing the national defense… 
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Back to the Future

27 June 2019

The mighty consolidation wave that swept over the aerospace and defense industry after the end of the Cold War is taking another turn. The next inflection in the restructuring story is the proposed merger of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and… 
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The Marshall Maxim

10 April 2019

“I’d rather have decent answers to the right question than great answers to irrelevant questions.” This pithy precept appears at the top of page 1 of The Last Warrior, an intellectual history of Andrew Marshall, the furtive, 42-year director of… 
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The Next Manhattan Project

31 January 2019

What are operational concepts and is there a spin-on to the defense establishment from the commercial sphere that can infuse defense strategy with innovative answers to that question? Last November, I wrote about the report of the National Defense Strategy Commission…. 
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The Trillion Dollar Defense Strategy

30 November 2018

Wedged into the week between the mid-term elections and Thanksgiving, publication on November 13th of “Providing for the Common Defense,” the report to Congress of the National Defense Strategy Commission, has drawn too little attention. In it, the dozen, sober-minded… 
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Peak Defense

12 October 2018

A convergence of indicators suggests the recently passed Defense Appropriations Act will mark a peak for US defense spending. Even the Administration’s own outyear defense-spending projections grow at an annual rate of only 2 percent, which is just enough to… 
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