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The Washington Security Forum’s goal is to educate and to provide policymakers with impartial insights on emerging US and global technology trends and their impact on national security, public sector investment and policy options.  The target audience includes the national security analytic community, policymakers, media and industry opinion leaders in the Washington, DC area and beyond.

You’ll notice an emphasis on airpower, seapower and advanced technologies.

Japan Can Buy Navy E-2D Radar Plane to Quell China Tensions

Two E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar surveillance planes The East China Sea has turned into a zone of confrontation. Almost daily, Chinese air force aircraft fly near the boundaries of international airspace, and Japan sends its own fighters to check them.  These alerts took place a staggering 415 times in the year 2013.  Chinese naval vessels are more active in the East China Sea and unmanned aerial vehicles have also been spotted.  Japan moved a squadron of land-based E-2C radar planes to  Naha, wh… More >>

Contested Seas

American seapower no longer has the historic margin of dominance it once had, said Adm. Samuel Locklear in a speech to Navy surface warfare officers this year.  Restoring the edge starts with a true strategic conversation about the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding priorities given the budget challenges and emerging threats.   Contested Seas online version by Dr. Rebecca Grant and VADM Kevin Cosgriff, USN, Ret. examines those threats, discusses why Washington has struggled to sustain a strategic conve… More >>

Closing the Bomber Gap

Later this year the Air Force will put out a formal request for proposals in its most talked-about “black” program — the new stealth bomber.  America has a bomber gap.  Only 20 B-2s are capable of handling enemy missile and fighter threats.  yet commanders around the world count on bombers in contingency plans for everything from theater war plans to demonstrations like the flight of B-2s over South Korea during a crisis with North Korea.  Ten years ago, the Air Force took a hard look at the bo… More >>

Autonomous Weapons 2021

The U.S. military has greatly expanded its use of autonomous weapons over the past decade, but the true revolution in autonomy lies just ahead.  Last year, the Department of Defense issued a directive authorizing combatant commanders to incorporate more weapons systems with autonomy into their operational missions.  Technology in hand could enable the Department of Defense to increase levels of autonomy in many types of weapon systems and combat support systems. Autonomy is the ability for machi… More >>

Pacific Pivot: US Fighter Aircraft

The Pacific pivot is placing new demands on fighter aircraft modernization.  In January 2012, the Obama Administration announced that US defense priorities “would, of necessity, rebalance to the Asia-Pacific. Control of the air is essential for joint operations, partnerships, crisis response and deterrence.  It may come as a shock, then, that the US has serious challenges ahead to maintain air superiority in the Pacific.   examines future scenarios such as challenges in the South China Seas and… More >>