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  • Issue Brief posted November 12, 2013 by Baker Spring Acquisition of the New “Space Fence” Will Improve Security

    The number of objects in orbit, including satellites and space debris, continues to increase, and these objects need to be tracked in order to reduce the risk of collisions. The number of participants who are operating systems in the space domain is also growing, which reduces the level of security in space. It is necessary to improve the monitoring capability of the Air…

  • Backgrounder posted August 4, 2016 by John Venable Operational Assessment of the F-35A Argues for Full Program Procurement and Concurrent Development Process

    This paper will discuss benchmarks for classic fighter technology, maneuverability, stealth, and tactics. It will examine the F-35’s faculties and compare them with the technology, performance, and cost of the generation of multirole fighters[1] that precedes it. That examination will reinforce the jet’s faculties for the air-to-ground missions of all three F-35 variants:…

  • Testimony posted March 3, 2011 by Mackenzie Eaglen Assessing the Strategic Readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces

    Testimony before The Readiness Subcommittee of The House Committee on Armed Services March 3, 2011 My name is Mackenzie Eaglen. I am a Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. Thank you, Chairman…

  • WebMemo posted November 7, 2011 by Baker Spring, Michaela Dodge Nuclear Certification for a New Bomber

    The Obama Administration’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review says that bombers are central to extended deterrence. But at the same time, the Obama Administration is willing to let the capability of the bomber force decline for the next several decades. This makes no sense. Unnecessary Delays in Nuclear Certification On November 2, Air Force Chief of Staff…

  • WebMemo posted January 23, 2012 by Baker Spring, Michaela Dodge Air Force Needs to Maintain Its Focus on the Nuclear Mission

    Since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force has struggled to maintain standards of excellence when fulfilling one of its most important missions: being prepared to respond to an adversarial nuclear attack. Recently, the Air Force has decided to move away from having one squadron of bombers dedicated solely to the nuclear mission. This shift increases a risk of failures…

  • Special Report posted October 12, 2012 by Robert P Haffa Jr., Ph.D Full-Spectrum Air Power: Building the Air Force America Needs

    Executive Summary Much of what is written today about the capabilities required by the military services is offered within the context of fiscal restraint, national budget austerity, and cuts in the defense budget to ensure that the armed services pay their “fair” share of deficit reduction. This study argues for building an Air Force to support a joint force…

  • Testimony posted June 1, 2011 by Mackenzie Eaglen Evaluating The Efficacy Of The Department Of Defense’s 30-Year Shipbuilding And Aviation Plans

    Testimony beforeSubcommittee on Oversight & InvestigationsHouse Armed Services CommitteeUnited States House of Represenatives June 1, 2011 My name is Mackenzie Eaglen. I am a Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage…

  • Report on June 7, 2011 Defending Defense: Ten Questions on the Future of U.S. Defense Spending Priorities for Secretary of Defense Nominee Leon Panetta

    A joint project of American Enterprise Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and The Heritage Foundation Background The Obama administration has requested that Congress provide $553 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget in FY 2012—$13 billion less than what the administration had projected requesting a year earlier. …

  • WebMemo posted July 21, 2011 by Mackenzie Eaglen Slashing Defense Makes America Less Safe While Allowing Politicians to Kick the Can down the Road on Entitlement Reform

    Today, America is asking its military to do more than ever before. In the past 24 months alone, U.S. military forces have conducted their 10th year of combat operations in Afghanistan, wound down operations in Iraq, started a new no-fly zone in Libya, dramatically escalated counterterrorism operations in Yemen, maintained counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia…

  • White Paper posted January 27, 2010 by Mackenzie Eaglen The State of the U.S. Military

    Overview The U.S. government’s primary job is to provide for the common defense. The most important element to protecting vital national interests is the U.S. military, which reinforces America’s diplomatic initiatives, acts to deter threats, and, when necessary, fights and wins the nation’s wars. Two primary components determine a strong military: the quality…

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  • Backgrounder posted August 4, 2016 by John Venable Operational Assessment of the F-35A Argues for Full Program Procurement and Concurrent Development Process

    This paper will discuss benchmarks for classic fighter technology, maneuverability, stealth, and tactics. It will examine the F-35’s faculties and compare them with the technology, performance, and cost of the generation of multirole fighters[1] that precedes it. That examination will reinforce the jet’s faculties for the air-to-ground missions of all three F-35 variants:…

  • Issue Brief posted November 12, 2013 by Baker Spring Acquisition of the New “Space Fence” Will Improve Security

    The number of objects in orbit, including satellites and space debris, continues to increase, and these objects need to be tracked in order to reduce the risk of collisions. The number of participants who are operating systems in the space domain is also growing, which reduces the level of security in space. It is necessary to improve the monitoring capability of the Air…

  • Special Report posted October 12, 2012 by Robert P Haffa Jr., Ph.D Full-Spectrum Air Power: Building the Air Force America Needs

    Executive Summary Much of what is written today about the capabilities required by the military services is offered within the context of fiscal restraint, national budget austerity, and cuts in the defense budget to ensure that the armed services pay their “fair” share of deficit reduction. This study argues for building an Air Force to support a joint force…

  • WebMemo posted January 23, 2012 by Baker Spring, Michaela Dodge Air Force Needs to Maintain Its Focus on the Nuclear Mission

    Since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force has struggled to maintain standards of excellence when fulfilling one of its most important missions: being prepared to respond to an adversarial nuclear attack. Recently, the Air Force has decided to move away from having one squadron of bombers dedicated solely to the nuclear mission. This shift increases a risk of failures…

  • WebMemo posted November 7, 2011 by Baker Spring, Michaela Dodge Nuclear Certification for a New Bomber

    The Obama Administration’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review says that bombers are central to extended deterrence. But at the same time, the Obama Administration is willing to let the capability of the bomber force decline for the next several decades. This makes no sense. Unnecessary Delays in Nuclear Certification On November 2, Air Force Chief of Staff…

  • Backgrounder posted August 15, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Baker Spring, Richard Weitz, Ph.D. Before the Lights Go Out: A Survey of EMP Preparedness Reveals Significant Shortfalls

    Abstract: An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States could end modern life in America overnight. Whether caused by an enemy attack (a nuclear device detonated above the atmosphere) or by a natural phenomenon (a geomagnetic storm), an EMP can cause entire regions of the country to lose electricity—permanently. Despite the EMP Commission’s recommendations in 2004…

  • WebMemo posted July 21, 2011 by Mackenzie Eaglen Slashing Defense Makes America Less Safe While Allowing Politicians to Kick the Can down the Road on Entitlement Reform

    Today, America is asking its military to do more than ever before. In the past 24 months alone, U.S. military forces have conducted their 10th year of combat operations in Afghanistan, wound down operations in Iraq, started a new no-fly zone in Libya, dramatically escalated counterterrorism operations in Yemen, maintained counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia…

  • Report on June 7, 2011 Defending Defense: Ten Questions on the Future of U.S. Defense Spending Priorities for Secretary of Defense Nominee Leon Panetta

    A joint project of American Enterprise Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and The Heritage Foundation Background The Obama administration has requested that Congress provide $553 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget in FY 2012—$13 billion less than what the administration had projected requesting a year earlier. …

  • Backgrounder posted December 1, 2010 by Mackenzie Eaglen, Lajos F. Szaszdi, Ph.D. What Russia’s Stealth Fighter Developments Mean for America

    Abstract: Russia’s development of the PAK FA fifth-generation stealth fighter could challenge American air supremacy, especially if Russia sells the PAK FA to its usual buyers of military equipment. In the U.S., closure of the F-22 production line has severely limited America’s ability to respond to PAK FA proliferation by building more F-22s and potentially…

  • White Paper posted January 27, 2010 by Mackenzie Eaglen The State of the U.S. Military

    Overview The U.S. government’s primary job is to provide for the common defense. The most important element to protecting vital national interests is the U.S. military, which reinforces America’s diplomatic initiatives, acts to deter threats, and, when necessary, fights and wins the nation’s wars. Two primary components determine a strong military: the quality…

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