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Ooh, Lasers…

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On January 5, 2010
I think there’s a limit to the utility of this kind of argument, regarding a new laser-based air defense system: This all sort of leaves me wondering what problem this technology is a solution to. For the past twenty years every conflict the U.S. military has been involved with has involved overwhelming American air superiority. […]

Hack!

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On August 17, 2009

If you read Defense News, you quickly become familiar with Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute. He appears in an extraordinary number of stories, usually as voice recommending the purchase of so

Military Boondoggles?

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On August 7, 2009
This is an interesting list, but the concept doesn’t strike me as quite right. From Wikipedia: It also refers to government or corporate project involving large numbers of people and usually heavy expenditure; at some point, the key operators have realized that the project is never going to work, but are reluctant to bring this […]

The Triad

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On July 24, 2009

Via Ezra, this is an interesting post from Gordon Adams: For a major program to emerge, thrive, and survive, it takes basically three players: the service that wants and will advocate for the program,

F-22 Still Clings Tenaciously to Life?

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On July 23, 2009
The F-22 has a faint heartbeat in the House of Representatives, but appears to be slipping away: The committee voted July 22 to spend $369 million to buy another dozen F-22s, but Rep. David Obey, the committee chairman, said that has to change. In light of the Senate vote and a threat from the White […]

F-22 Round Up

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On July 22, 2009

Obama: But I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure. That’s why I’ve taken steps to greatly re

More UK Defence Procurement Woes

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On July 19, 2009
It appears that the UK MoD rejected several opportunities to shore up its helicopter fleet: Defence ministers spurned three separate deals to buy American Black Hawk helicopters which would have helped to plug the dangerous shortage facing British troops in Afghanistan. The most recent rejection came only days ago, the Observer can reveal. A letter […]

The GDP Defense Defense

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On July 16, 2009

Although he resists saying so directly, I think that the upshot of Travis Sharp’s Parameters article on GDP and the defense budget would run something like this: People who want to lock in the d

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