Some thoughts at the 2015 EASO seminar in Brunei.I’m in Brunei today for the 7th annual East Asia Security Outlook (EASO) seminar, held for the Ministry of Defense by the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defense and Security Studies. To close the day, I was asked to deliver a talk applying our work at the Atlantic Council to the context—what do disruptive military technologies mean for small states? Or specifically, for a sultanate of half a million people on the edge of the South China Sea? How does a small state manage the threat of new technologies when they’re a threat, assimilate their potential when they might contribute to its security, and develop new ones when that’s right for the strategic situation?
Sharply different histories of two armaments industries have led to a confluence of political and commercial opportunity.
The Pentagon is seeking a way through its “very challenging fiscal environment”
Last week, the attention of the defense sector turned to San Diego for AFCEA WEST. Co-hosted by the US Naval Institute and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the conference convened leaders across the armed services and private industry to address the salient theme of “lower budgets and higher demands.” The three-day event featured expert panels and keynote addresses with remarks from many central figures in this conversation, such as Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, Former PACOM Commander Admiral Tim Keating, and Ellen Lord, the president and CEO of Textron Systems. Over the course of the conference, dialogue ranged through the Navy’s outlook on the Asia-Pacific “rebalance,” the campaign against ISIL, the military’s participation in humanitarian assistanc and disaster relief, and spotlights on big-ticket defense systems, such as directed energy weapons and unmanned systems.
Every morning’s news from Ukraine reminds us of the continued relevance of heavy armor on modern battlefields. Russian T-72s aren’t the most modern tanks, but they’re effective enough against an underprepared enemy. What’s more alarming is what’s under development to the east—Uralvagonzavod’s T-14 Armata project. In response, Poland’s Ministry of Defense is aiming to replace its own T-72s and derivatives with a new, domestically developed tank as well. Yesterday, I was in Warsaw to discuss that project at a seminar hosted for the Polish MoD by the British and Swedish Embassies. What follows is the substance of my remarks.
The UAE’s demand for rescue V-22s is a marketing triumph that recalls a procurement failure.
The gradual decline of stealth may call for a high-low mix in airpower strategy.
The bureaucratic and technological challenges in speeding up weapons development
Smaller satellites in bigger constellations could accelerate the restructuring of both the space industry and international security relationships.