Erich Frandrup

US Navy Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Evolution and the occasional über-gizmo

Thoughts on corporate strategies in the military aircraft industry  Last week, I provided a guest lecture at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, that graduate college of the National Defense University formerly known as the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. The school was founded in 1924 as the Army Industrial College, on a […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Alami in the Middle East Eye: ANALYSIS: Hezbollah Enters Drone Age with Bombing Raids in Syria

Read the full article here.

In the News by Mona Alami

Drones Syria

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The 75 percent solution

The Marine Corps should move towards a mix of attack aircraft tailored for two classes of enemy, in wars small and large. In the short term, that means buying fixed-wing gunships. In the mid-term, it means buying tilt-rotor gunships, including drones. Both aircraft types are better suited for the small wars in which the Marine Corps has been engaged for most of the post-Cold War era. For now, that might seem to destroy Marine Aviation, but to save it in the long term for the big wars.

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

If found, please call 228-688-5877

China’s stealing an American ocean glider won’t stop the world from making a whole lot more. In what Ankur Panda in the Diplomat termed an “exceptionally brazen and illegal move by Beijing,” the Chinese Navy this past week stole an American ocean glider. On Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced that the Defense Department had contacted the Chinese government to […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

China Defense Industry

Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Drones in the Energy Sector: Soaring into the Future?

On December 2, 2016, an expert panel joined the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center for a conversation about the practices, risks, and benefits of drone use in the energy industry. The panel deliberated whether regulations currently under development impede or facilitate the emerging role for drones. They also discussed the huge potential for drone technology […]

Event Recap by Kate Schwartz

Drones Energy & Environment

Thu, Nov 3, 2016

Technological disjunctures and the 21st century destroyer

The future of surface warfare requires cooperation across borders. Sea control in the twentieth century revolved around fleets based on battleships, then aircraft carriers. Lesser vessels like destroyers and frigates were for constabulary duty during peacetime, and during wartime, for assisting the main battle fleet in defeating opposing navies to restore control of seas. In […]

Defense Industrialist by Danny Lam

China Conflict

Tue, Nov 1, 2016

Will Roper’s economical way back to coastal artillery

Not every Third Offset choice will be this easy, but the Strategic Capabilities Office has found an excellent solution. At the CSIS’s Third Offset Conference last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that Will Roper’s Strategic Capabilities Office has found a solution to the United States’ shortfall in coastal artillery. The simplicity is almost obvious: modify the Army’s existing Army Tactical Missile […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

With GPS, failure is not an option.

For all its dependency on GPS, the Pentagon has been quietly ignoring the potential vulnerabilities of GPS—until just about now. Raytheon’s new GPS Operational Control System (OCX) might just be the most troubled program the Pentagon is running. This June, OCX incurred a dreaded Nunn-McCurdy breach, when its projected costs were judged to have increased […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Drones

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Beyond the MAD-ness of the Airbus-Boeing rivalry

In the long run, military requirements and funding may matter more than trade disputes. In a 574-page report last week, the World Trade Organization ruled that the European Union and several of its member states had failed to adjust their behavior on their subsidies to Airbus, after its last mammoth ruling on their subsidies to […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Applying an investor’s mindset to military aid

Restricting US military aid may affect more than Israeli industry and the IDF. As has been widely reported, the United States and Israeli governments have come to a new ten-year understanding of how the former will subsidize the latter’s military spending. The new amount that the Obama Administration promises to submit annually to the US […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Drones