Russian threats and US economizing may be driving the business north and east.
Rosa DeLauroâ€™s HR 5581 is a very bad bill indeed.
Different displays of similar vehicles reveal the structural heterogeneity of the defense industry.
The GAOâ€™s review of the 2005 BRAC sharply indicts consolidation for consolidationâ€™s sake.
A Better Business Model for Transnational Armaments Cooperation
The business model of transnational cooperation in armaments development and production is not working. Though founded on the promise of achieving economies of scale, especially through long production runs, the political allocation of work share tends to undermine this proposition. In its place, we propose an alternative model organized around the promise of achieving innovation in development among a small core of customers who share a compelling military-technical challenge. Because the resulting business model of transnational cooperation is a more coherent expression of how firms can ally across borders to make money and sustain profitability, it is also more likely to realize material solutions and options that show a fair return on defense ministriesâ€™ investments in these ventures.
Sometimes itâ€™s what you spend, and sometimes itâ€™s where and how you spend it.
Congress should be removing barriers to innovation, not erecting barriers to competition.
On 18 September, Scotland votes on the question of independence from the United Kingdom, and the polling strongly suggests a vote of no. On 9 November, Catalonia could be voting on the same issue vis-Ă -vis Spain, but the polling slightly suggests a yesâ€”if the Spanish Constitutional Court allows the vote to take place. NATO members should treat neither case lightly, but the independence of Catalonia would pose fewer military problems for the alliance than that of Scotland.
Itâ€™s much easier to kill an arms exporting franchise than to build one.
The armaments export policies of Germany and Japan seem to be crossing paths this month. His recent approval of the export of a whole tank factory to Algeria notwithstanding, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is said to have been piling up license requests on his desk, content to do nothing, save to tell German arms makers to find other work. At the same time, Japanese Prime Minister Abe has declared, at least in principal, the entire Japanese arms industry open for business globally. This could produce submarines for Australia, and even a new fighter jet.