Defense Spending

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Radar

cc Flickr Air Combat Command United States Air Force, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – As a B-2 Stealth Bomber takes off, you can see the heat coming off the runway during the cold winter day, January 5. The B-2 is part of the 509th Bomb Wing arsenal of 20 stealth bombers with a conventional and nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Carlin Leslie)

The next great leap in radar technology threatens to render strategic standards like stealth technology and signal jamming irrelevant.

Rise of a “Drone Superpower?” Turkish Drones Upending Russia’s Near Abroad

Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2, author Bayhaluk, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bayraktar_TB2_Runway.jpg

The proliferation of Turkish drones amongst Russian adversaries from Libya to Ukraine presents Moscow with a strategic challenge in its near abroad.

SIPRI Annual Report: Three Takeaways from Global Defense Spending

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 12, 2020) An unarmed Trident II (D5LE) missile launches from Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) off the coast of San Diego, California, Feb. 12, 2020. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs’ demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch demonstrated the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew following the submarine’s engineered refueling overhaul. This launch marks 177 successful missile launches of the Trident II (D5 & D5LE) strategic weapon system. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley/Released)

Geopolitical forces could mean that the global COVID-19 dip in defense spending turns out to be short-lived.

The EU Defense Industry: Background

cc Flickr 7th Army Training Command, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

So long as the EU defense industry is not the sum of its national parts, it will struggle to compete with giants like Russia and the United States.

Next-Gen British Tempest Fighter Finds a Partner in Sweden

A Eurofighter Typhoon jet; the new, British-led consortium is seeking to build its replacement. CC Flickr, Max Pfandl, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In a blow to separate Franco-German efforts, Sweden has apparently signed onto the British-led consortium to build a next generation European fighter jet.

The EU Defense Industry: In the Shadow of Brexit

Harrier, cc Flickr David Álvarez López, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

All of these best-laid plans from Brussels to bolster continental military capacity and foster a globally competitive European industrial base are imperiled by the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

The EU Defense Industry: Consolidation toward an ‘EU Army’?

FrenchMirage, cc Flickr Airwolfhound, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Brussels is opting for a gradual, voluntary, and incentivized approach to developing the continental defense industry.

EU Military (December 6, 2018)

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Zac and Nick discuss the consolidation of the EU's defense industry, and whether or not the dream of an 'EU army' can ever actually be realized.

Congress Prepares a Wish List for US Defense Spending

Senator John McCain, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

President Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress have found common cause in increasing US defense spending. Here’s where some of the money could go.

Japan Slips into the Asian Arms Race

Japanese fighter jet

In a move that could have far-reaching consequences in the Asia Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has followed through on one of his campaign promises and increased defense spending after nearly a decade of budget reductions.

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