America’s biggest challenge isn’t spending; it’s that leaders are time and again paralyzed by risk aversion. Paralyzed that they will either be seen as too provocative, or paralyzed by the notion that someone, anyone, might be hurt by what they do.
Author Vago Muradian
Like past US strategic documents, including the National Security Strategy, the new National Defense Strategy will have three fatal flaws. First, the two past NDS’s have not fully achieved their aims. Second, each was unaffordable. And, last, recruiting and retaining sufficient personnel to meet the needs of the NDS may no longer be possible.
As the United States seek to avert war with China, it’s vital to remember the lessons of the Falklands War. The 1981 defense cuts by the Thatcher government, including retirement of the guard ship for the South Atlantic, HMS Endurance, convinced the Argentine junta that London were no longer committed to the Falklands and their defense. As deterring war is cheaper than fighting one, Washington must avoid sending Beijing the wrong signals that could lead to miscalculation that results in conflict.
So it’s time to do more and do it increasingly quietly. Transparency has its place, but so does secrecy. Detailing what’s going to Ukraine only helps Russia better prepare for what’s coming their way, or how depleted NATO’s own stocks are becoming.
Revised on Mar 22, 2022 at 09:37 When NATO leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday,…
Washington and its allies must now regard Putin for what he is and treat him accordingly. He’s not a competitor. He’s not a potential adversary. He’s an enemy who has made his intentions clear through his words and actions.
Joe Bogosian, president & CEO of Safran Optics 1, showcases the company’s new Ultralight Sensor that weighs less than 4.5 grams and has color day and thermal cameras for micro unmanned aircraft applications at the Association of the United States Army’s 2021 conference and tradeshow in Washington, DC.
John Shade, the executive vice president for business development and future programs at Rolls-Royce Defense, with a walk-around of the company’s AE 1107F engine for Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the Association of the United States Army’s 2021 conference and tradeshow in Washington, DC. The V-280 is competing for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition.
Henrik Knape, product manager and head of sales for the ARCHER mobile 155mm howitzer at BAE Systems Bofors, with a walk around of the company’s novel artillery system at the Association of the United States Army’s 2021 conference and tradeshow in Washington, DC. ARCHER, which is now in service with the Swedish Army, can be ready for action, fire at its target, and get back on the move in less than a 90 seconds. Using smart munitions such as the Excalibur, ARCHER is capable of hitting targets 60 kilometers away and is competing for the US Army contract to replace the service’s towed 155mm artillery pieces.
The most important element of the agreement, however, isn’t about subs, but how quickly three allies can move to address capability shortfalls.