After the Freedoms, the US Navy's Independence LCS are facing major failures

The more time passes, the more the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program, supposed to prefigure developments in littoral naval combat, seems to join the long list of technological and operational impasses which the Pentagon has made a specialty of over the past 30 years. . After having, in 2014, abandoned the principle of combat module which was to allow the two Freedom and Independence classes constituting the program to have advanced operational flexibility by equipping themselves, according to needs, with anti-ship warfare capabilities, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence and electronic warfare or mine warfare, the staff of the US navy has never ceased to…

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The F-35 program still faces significant delays and additional costs

In recent months, the F-35 has won in many international competitions, including in Europe Whether in Switzerland, Finland, Canada or Germany, the Lockheed-Martin device has systematically taken over on its Western counterparts, such as the American Super Hornet, or the European Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen. Paradoxically, at the same time, the Pentagon announced that it intended to reduce the number of F-35s which will be acquired by 2025, and this in a substantial way. Indeed, despite its undeniable commercial success, the device continues to face significant delays regarding the availability of the version…

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The US Navy offers 3 options for the future of its naval force

For many years, US Navy shipbuilding planning has been chaotic to say the least, with successive plans and objectives diverging, sometimes even contradicting. The subject is also the subject of fierce opposition between Republican senators and representatives, supporters of a massive fleet, and their Democratic counterparts who wish to keep the defense budget under control. Beyond the sometimes fanciful ambitions presented in recent years, and the many tussles that have opposed the Pentagon to American parliamentarians, particularly regarding the withdrawal of certain buildings, it was therefore necessary for the US Navy to present a coherent strategy...

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The Pentagon's Pele Transportable Nuclear Reactor program takes off

Every day, the Pentagon consumes 50 million liters of fuel for its armed forces, and this figure could more than double in the event of a major engagement. In addition to the exorbitant costs that such consumption represents even for an oil-producing country like the United States, and the increasingly problematic impact for the some 100 million kg of CO2 released into the atmosphere every day, this dependence also constitutes a permanent logistical headache for the American forces deployed outside the territory, even though the War in Ukraine has demonstrated the immense vulnerability of the logistical chains in the face of modern weapons systems and infantry...

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The United States plans to strengthen its deterrent capabilities in Europe

Implemented from the mid-60s in the midst of the Cold War, and in a very confidential manner, NATO's shared deterrence allowed the armies of its members to use American nuclear weapons, with a principle known as "double keys", the United States and the leaders of the European armies implementing these weapons both having a "key" making it possible to arm the nuclear charges, the designation of the targets being, on the other hand, the responsibility of the integrated command of the Alliance, not states themselves. Over the years, this system has evolved to bring together, on a permanent basis, only 5 members of…

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With the 2023 budget, the American armies reveal their transformation strategy in the face of China

It is common to read to what extent the Russian armies engaged in Ukraine rely on equipment inherited from the Soviet period. It is true that although modernized, the T-72B3, T80BV, BMP-2 and other Msta-S were all designed in the 70s and 80s, as is the case with the combat aircraft of the Flanker series or the Mil and Kamov helicopters. However, it is clear that in the West, the situation is largely identical, including with regard to the tip of the sword, namely the US Army, which continues to rely on Abrams tanks, the Bradley VCIs, the…

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Washington hardens the tone vis-a-vis Moscow in the Ukrainian crisis

While many observations have confirmed the increase in the number of Russian soldiers deployed along the Ukrainian borders, to the east facing the Donbass, in Crimea but also in Belarus, where no less than 30.000 Russian soldiers are being deployed, and that the Russian fleet has begun vast naval maneuvers in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea bringing together 140 military ships, Washington has decided to considerably harden its tone in recent hours, in a joint action carried out at the White House, but also at the Pentagon, in the Congress and at the United Nations, in an atmosphere reminiscent of the darkest hours…

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Could Joe Biden's “Buy American” threaten US defense exports?

Each year, the US Federal State defends $600 billion from private service providers, for multiple products and services ranging from IT to cleaning services, including consulting and rolling stock. To support the American economy, in particular as he undertakes to launch a series of vast works intended to be the pillar of the industrial and social reconstruction of the country, Joe Biden has, since January, slipped into the shoes of its disputed predecessor, by supporting the emergence of the "Buy American Act", a law which would force federal spending to be directed mainly towards national service providers, initially up to 55%,...

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US Armies must change industrial method for Pentagon Deputy Chief of Staff

The times have been conducive to questioning at the Pentagon for the past few months, when it has become increasingly clear that the United States has been, at best overtaken, at worst overtaken, by Chinese industrial and scientific power in the military field in recent years. For the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Pentagon, General John Hyten, this situation can be summed up in a simple comparison: “China has carried out, over the past 5 years, hundreds of tests and trials of hypersonic systems. the United States made 9”. According to him, it is the American industrial and scientific method that is at the origin of this…

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Will China take military technological ascendancy over the United States?

When on October 4, 1957, an R-7 Semiorka rocket launched from the Baikonur site in Kazakstan put the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit, the confidence of the United States in their technological superiority, which until then had been considered indisputable, was largely shaken. This episode was, along with the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Euromissile Crisis, one of the high points of the Cold War, and generated a strong American reaction. And for General Mark Milley, the Chief of Staff of the American Armed Forces, the test of a hypersonic fractional orbital bombardment system carried out by Beijing a few days ago, could well constitute an event...

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