Category Archives: SDI

August 23, 2016—Soldier Down . . .  General Vessey, Rest in Peace.

August 23, 2016—Soldier Down . . . General Vessey, Rest in Peace.

Not quite seventeen, this “soldier’s soldier” volunteered to become a Minnesota National Guardsman and received an Anzio battlefield commission in World War II and the Army’s second highest medal for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, in Viet Nam. He led the U.S. and U.N. Forces in Korea and opposed withdrawing U.S. Forces which cost him the Army Chief of Staff post under President Jimmie Carter—an implicit rebuke cast aside when President Ronald Reagan appointed him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and after his retirement and return to Minnesota into other important posts. President George H.W. Bush awarded Gen. Vessey the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. A life of service with unquestionable integrity. Read Full Story

May 17, 2016—Bottom Line: The People Get It!

May 17, 2016—Bottom Line: The People Get It!

Local and state initiatives are gaining momentum and potentially can prompt needed solutions to counter the existential threats posed by an indefinite loss of the electric power grid — today an all too real possibility. These “bottoms-up” initiatives offer hope to all Americans in spite of the lethargy among the “powers that be” who are failing at their sworn duty. Will the solutions come in time? Read Full Story

May 10, 2016—State and Local Efforts to Secure the Grid!

May 10, 2016—State and Local Efforts to Secure the Grid!

Local and state initiatives are needed to protect all Americans from some existential threats to the electric power grid, because leaders in the Federal Government are failing at their duty to “provide for the common defense.” Happily, much can be accomplished by such initiatives, but protection against ballistic missiles launched from vessels in the Gulf of Mexico requires action by the Federal Government to protect the entire nation. Read Full Story

May 3, 2016— Fix the Grid, From the Bottom Up!

May 3, 2016— Fix the Grid, From the Bottom Up!

A growing number of Americans are concerned that the once highly classified threat from an electromagnetic pulse is still not being addressed, even though the Pentagon has known about it for a half-century and most essential matters were made public in the 2008 EMP Commission report. Our civil infrastructure was never hardened, except for communication systems to assure connectivity from the President to our strategic forces. Read Full Story

April 12, 2016—SDI Promised … SpaceX Delivering … More to Come?

April 12, 2016—SDI Promised … SpaceX Delivering … More to Come?

“Today our adversaries perceive that space is a weak-link in our deterrence calculus” . . . “Our strategy is to strengthen that link, to assure it never breaks, and to disabuse our adversaries of the idea that our space capabilities make tempting targets.” ~ Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Doug Loverro — Testimony to the House Armed Service Strategic forces Subcommittee, March 15, 2016 Read Full Story

March 22, 2016—Reagan was Right!

March 22, 2016—Reagan was Right!

“Adversaries are developing kinetic, directed-energy, and cyber tools to deny, degrade, and destroy our space capabilities.~ General John Hyten, Commander of Air Force Space Command, from his prepared March 15, 2016 testimony to the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee Read Full Story

March 15, 2016—The Right Side of the Cost Curve!

March 15, 2016—The Right Side of the Cost Curve!

“. . . Many of our potential adversaries are pursuing advanced weapons development not seen in decades. Individually, they pose serious concerns to our national security and the international community. Collectively, they represent a vast spectrum of complex and volatile threats that I believe will only continue to grow and threaten the homeland if we hesitate to act decisively.” Admiral William E. Gortney ~ March 10, 2016 Read Full Story

March 8, 2016—Star Wars, Back to the Future?

March 8, 2016—Star Wars, Back to the Future?

“We need to innovate. We need to do it — do it together for the future because that’s the way to make sure that we have the finest fighting force in the world tomorrow, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now . . .” ~ Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaking to technology leaders in Seattle, March 3, 2016 Read Full Story

February 9, 2016—Revive Reagan’s Challenge!

February 9, 2016—Revive Reagan’s Challenge!

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more difficult of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones.” Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli in The Prince, 1513. Read Full Story

June 23, 2015—Better Defenses: Part Way Back to the Future?

June 23, 2015—Better Defenses: Part Way Back to the Future?

America’s current missile defense strategy is “not sustainable,” according to Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Deputy Director USAF Brig. Gen. Kenneth Todorov. As reported by Sydney J. Freedberg in June 18’s Breaking Defense, he correctly emphasized that we can’t keep buying multi-million-dollar interceptors to shoot down adversaries’ ever-growing arsenals of much cheaper offensive missiles; we have to find a better way involving fewer Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) and more investment in R&D. Read Full Story