Daily Policy Digest
|The Commercial Drone Era Emerges (Slowly)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just released its final administrative rules on "routine" commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Effective August 29, 2016, this federal regulatory edict opens the door to the process of integrating UAS systems -- or "drones" -- into the nation’s commercial airspace. Aviation industry sources tout the move as capable of generating over $82 billion and creating more than 100,000 new jobs for the U.S. economy over the next decade. Though a step in the right direction, this regulatory change falls somewhat short, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...
|Why the "Jack of All Trades" Model for Military Aviation Fails
Requiring one aircraft to conduct many different mission types will prove both costly and ineffective in conflict. Diversity in expertise is a key component in other military specialties. It should be the same with airpower, writes NCPA Contributing Fellow Chris Wiley...
|Eight Reasons Why We Face A National Security Problem
John Kerry called the Istanbul airport attack a sign of desperation, but the following observations suggest American leaders are the ones desperately clinging to failed strategies, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham.
|Disability Overpayments: Low-Hanging Fruit
Congress and the administration lack the political will to reform the Social Security Disability program, which will go bankrupt in 2019. However, the GAO has found that overpayments and improper payments are costing the program billions of dollars a year. Putting a stop to these payments could save the program money without major reforms, writes NCPA Research Associate Laura Wiltshire.
|The Military's Top Priority: Global Warming?
The military's top priority should not be global warming, say NCPA Executive Director Allen West and Senior Fellow David Grantham in a cover article for Green Watch.
|A Must See Video on Military Readiness!
A moving demonstration as to why continuing high level deployment schedules without proper funding and training can have deadly consequences...
|Texas Grid and U.S. National Security
NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham spoke at the 2016 Texas Grid Security Summit in Austin on the importance of Texas to U.S. national security...
|The Real Significance of Harriett Tubman's Image on the $20 Bill
If there is to be someone replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Harriett Tubman is about as fine a choice as one can make...
|The Texas Grid and U.S. National Security
Texas is the only state with a self-contained electric grid. An EMP attack that renders the grid inoperable will have devastating consequences for the country’s defense posture...
|Use the NDAA Against Iran
Congress could consider adding amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act based on existing, proposed legislation from both parties that hold Iran accountable for failing to abide by the nuclear deal...