On this week’s special episode of the Defense & Aerospace Business Report, sponsored by Bell, we come to you from the Center for a New American Security’s June 22 “Strategic Competition: Maintaining the Edge” conference. Here’s a podcasted version of the event’s first panel — a conversation between South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren on how the US can stay ahead in an era of great-power competition, the future of US involvement in Afghanistan, improving military recruitment and more, moderated by CNAS President Richard Fontaine.
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Bob Work, defense counselor at the Center for a New American Security and former US deputy defense secretary, argues that China is using an offset strategy against the US, breaks down the unofficial, three-pronged strategy (including using espionage to shrink the time needed to develop technical systems, employing “system-destruction warfare” and attacking “effectively first”), and discuss how to Chinese capabilities and counter the offset in a wide-ranging, June 22, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in Washington. The interview was held during “Strategic Competition: Maintaining the Edge,” the 2018 edition of CNAS’ annual conference.
Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, Jr., USAF Ret., says the US and its allies need to incorporate lawfare into defense planning, and discusses how state and non-state actors are moving in this space, how free societies can immunize themselves against lawfare-based offensives and more during a June 22, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in Washington. The interview was held during “Strategic Competition: Maintaining the Edge,” the 2018 edition of CNAS’ annual conference.
José Alberto de Azeredo Lopes, PhD, Portugal’s defense minister, calls reducing “common defense,” “common values” and the “transatlantic bond” to whether or not a nation spends two percent of its gross domestic product on defense disgraceful, says it’s urgent for NATO’s upcoming ministerial meeting to send a message of alliance unity, communicates optimism about the European Defence Fund (but notes that it’s not “an El Dorado”) and more during a June 13, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.
Heather Conley, Europe program director, and senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the US is diminishing its own “influence and strength” by distancing allies through aluminum and steel tariffs, previews the upcoming NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels, Belgium, and more during a June 13, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in Washington. The interview was conducted at the 2018 EU Security & Defense Washington Symposium that was co-hosted by CSIS and the EU Delegation to the US.
On this week’s episode of the Defense & Aerospace Business Report podcast, sponsored by Bell, we discuss the US Senate’s passage of a defense bill that’d bring back the US ban on Chinese company ZTE’s purchase of American parts, takeaways from last week’s 2018 Eurosatory land warfare trade show in Paris, the week in defense and aerospace markets, and more. This week’s guests include Ron Epstein, PhD, of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Steven Grundman of the Atlantic Council think tank and Grundman Advisory, and Sash Tusa of Agency Partners.
Todd Harrison, Aerospace Security Project and defense-budget analysis director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the United States should photograph and distribute images of suspicious satellite-related activity in space to deter adversaries, and discusses the findings from the think tank’s “Space Threat Assessment 2018” report (sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association), threats to American space assets, deterrence, situational awareness capabilities, Space Force and Space Corps proposals, and much more during a wide-ranging, June 15, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the think tank’s headquarters in Washington.
Jeffrey Lessner, senior director for national programs at Hughes Network Systems, discusses the company code-based waveform that lets special operators communicate “below the noise floor” to prevent jamming and ensure connectivity, the satellite market’s future, protecting space infrastructure, what the Hughes legacy means to him and more during a May 2018 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 2018 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, held May 21-24, in Tampa, Fla. Our coverage was sponsored by FLIR.
Watch Defense Secretary James Mattis’ address from the 2018 US Naval War College graduation ceremony in Newport, R.I. This footage is courtesy of the US Defense Department.