Adm. James Stavridis, PhD, USN Ret., chairman of the US Naval Institute, dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, calls President Donald Trump’s proposed “bloody nose” strategy “a terrible idea” because it would trigger uncontrollable “impulse escalation” from Pyongyang and the “escalatory response” North Korean attacks would demand of the US would almost definitely lead “to a war that would kill two-to-four million people in the Korean Peninsula” during a wide-ranging, February 2018 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the 2017 AFCEA/USNI WEST Conference in San Diego. Stavridis also advocates for four-party talks between the US, China, North Korea and South Korea, grades the Trump administration’s first year in foreign and defense policy, discusses recent US Navy accidents, and says a Washington military parade isn’t logistically, politically or fiscally advisable. Our WEST conference coverage is sponsored by Leonardo DRS.
Ryan McCarthy, US Army under secretary, says the service must “continue to modernize itself to maintain its position as No. 1 in the world” and shares a status update on modernization efforts — including the Army Futures Command — during his opening remarks at the Brooking Institution’s “Next steps for the Army: A conversation with Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy” event, held Feb. 8, 2018, at its Washington headquarters. He delivered the remarks right before his discussion with Michael O’Hanlon, foreign policy research director, Sydney Stein, Jr. chair and a senior fellow at Brookings.
Capt. Rome Ruiz, USN, commodore of the US Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 3 (also known as COMPHIBRON THREE) discusses the distributed nature of the USS America Amphibious Ready Group’s operation, ARG-Marine Expeditionary Unit team and amphibious task force capabilities, forward-operating risks, and lessons learned from the deployment and Navy accidents during a Feb. 2, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian, taped after the ARG’s ships — America, San Diego and Pearl Harbor — and 4,500 sailors and Marines returned to San Diego.
Robert Siegfried, managing director of aditerna, a German modeling and simulation services company, discusses how it helps clients like NATO and the German Armed Forces prepare, deploy and run simulations faster and more efficiently, as well as its aditerna Simulation Resource Planning (or SRP) tool, during a December 2017 interview with the Defense & Aerospace Report at NATO Allied Command Transformation’s 2017 Chiefs of Transformation Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.
Harry Geier, director of marketing & development at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, discusses the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket test aircraft, which the US Navy used to learn about subsonic and supersonic flight, during a November 2017 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian taped at the museum.
Harry Geier, director of marketing and development at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, discusses the RF-84K Thunderflash that was tested by (and reportedly intimidated) World War II triple ace Col. Bud Anderson, USAF Ret., during a November 2017 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian taped at the museum.
Harry Geier, director of marketing and development at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, gives Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian a close-up look at a missile-damaged F-100 Super Sabre that was being operated “as a drone-target-towing aircraft” near Edwards Air Force Base when it was hit by two rockets (one of which exploded and completely blew off its righthand horizontal stabilizer) during a November 2017 interview at the museum.
Richard Spencer, the 76th US Navy secretary, discusses the Littoral Combat Ship program, the Pentagon’s FY19 budget-request highlights, the service’s upcoming 30-year shipbuilding plan, modernization, balancing efficiency and efficacy, improving training, culture change and much more during an exclusive, wide-ranging Feb. 3, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in San Diego just before the commissioning of the USS Omaha, the 12th LCS and the sixth Independence-class vessel.
Col. J.R. Clearfield, USMC, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discusses highlights of the USS America Amphibious Ready Group’s seven-month deployment (which included the ships San Diego and Pearl Harbor that visited every continent but South America and Antarctica), the capabilities of the ARG-MEU team, and more during a Feb. 2, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian, taped after the ships and 4,500 sailors and Marines returned to San Diego.
Bruce Bennett, PhD, senior international defense researcher at the RAND Corporation think tank, discusses deterring North Korea, the country’s nuclear program, President Donald Trump’s proposed “bloody nose” strategy, role of information warfare operations, and more during a Feb. 1, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the think tank’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California.