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Indian Defense Modernization: Surge in Artillery Capability for the Army as Key Element
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Mobilising National Logistics in Support of Military Operations
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America First and Critical Minerals: The Need for an Allied Approach
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The Irish Opportunity: Ireland Rethinks its Role in Security and Defense in Europe
Ireland in my lifetime has been more likely a defense problem than part of a defense…Read More »
Ed Timperlake and I focused on the shift from platforms to payloads in shaping multi-domain combat forces. This means that one needs to consider the payloads which can operate in the operational area designed to achieve the desired effect. With regard to USVs, the performance of the platform is crucial but one evaluates its contribution in terms of what payloads it can deliver. In an interview last year with Bruce Hanson CEO of MARTAC, the builder and operator of a number of USV systems, we discussed how his platforms can deliver a wide variety of payloads. "The range of scalable catamarans by MARTAC are designed to be operated with robust systems software onboard and a variety of communications capabilities to deliver mission commands to the autonomously operating boats....