Murtha-Fest (Part 1)

What is going on with the annual Showcase for Commerce in Johnstown, Pennsylvania? More specifically, why does this seemingly random event in scenic Cambria County attract major exhibitor-badge-wearing delegations every year from the world’s largest defense contractors? The confirmed sponsors for the 2007 Showcase for Commerce extravaganza scheduled on 31 May to 1 June are […]

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Spotted: Rare Optimism for BC-17X

Download 2_alexey_isaikin.ppt We don’t post two-year-old power-point presentations just willy-nilly, but this one that we just got our hands on is really interesting. Boeing’s concept for a commerical version of the C-17 — the BC-17X — has always struck us as a somewhat flighty (er, so to speak) venture. What does it mean then, we […]

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It’s the Gas, Stupid

The US Air Force has just issued a rather innocuous-looking notice for a new technology called "active combustion control". But this is quite a momentous development, and here’s why. Today, the air force has two kinds of warplanes that can survive in modern and future combat, in which fighters and bombers have to compete with […]

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The Infantry’s Curse

Somebody please help the infantry. Since the 1960s, think of how many new generations of fighters, naval combatants and fighting vehicles have been deployed? Contrast that record to the individual firearm — the rifle, carbine or handgun carried and used by almost any one wearing a uniform. The same basic M16 rifle and M4 carbine […]

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FY08 Unfunded Priority Lists

SOCOM needed only one page. The navy and the army each required three. The air force — God bless ‘em — burned up 426 pages.  Go figure. US Navy: Download USN_FY08_UPL.pdf US Special Operations Command: Download SOCOM_FY08_UPL.pdf US Army: Download USA_FY08_UPL.pdf US Air Force: Download af_unfunded_priorities_list_2007.pdf

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The Wideband Revolt Begins

The Pentagon’s strategy for network-centric warfare used to be pretty simple. In the short-term, everybody is supposed to live with a bunch of narrowband data links. Later on, big-ticket programs like Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Warfighter Information Networking Technology (WIN-T) and Transformational Satellite Communciations (TSAT) are supposed make on-the-move wideband networking a reality. That […]

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Ex-Spook Goes EDO

In the inaugural installment of The DEW Line’s "Revolving Door" series, we give you retired General John A. Gordon. From October 1997 until June 2000, this former US Air Force four-star general served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He had previously been Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. Mr. Gordon, welcome to […]

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Blame Rumsfeld (Part 1 …)

Donald Rumsfeld is the ultimate punching bag. Not only did he screw up the Iraq War, he also left the Bush Administration. That makes him the perfect target both within Republican circles and without. So forget about the careerist generals who let themselves get rolled by the Donalator, nevermind the Congressional overseers who looked the […]

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Zakheim: The Anti-Merc

Mercenaries, beware: Dov Zakheim (remember him?) doesn’t like you. Zakheim is a bona fide fat cat of the defense industry, a privileged member of the ultimate Old Boys Club. He used to sign checks for the DOD; now he collects them as a vice president for a big defense consulting firm. (Ah, the cycle of […]

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Iran Has the Bomb (well, maybe)

Accusing countries of harboring secret weapons programs is SOOOO 2003, but, as tweed is to fashion, some global security fads never truly go out of style. The hardest working man in political-military affairs, Anthony Cordesman has a new report out that helps us understand the Bush Administration’s current obsession with Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He concludes […]

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