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Bolkcom, Christopher C.

Works: 60 works in 216 publications in 1 language and 1,598 library holdings
Classifications: JK1108, 363.325170973
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Most widely held works by Christopher C Bolkcom
Tactical aircraft modernization issues for Congress by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
28 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This report examines DOD's four largest tactical aircraft modernization programs. The background section provides a brief description of each program, and a discussion of how tactical aircraft fit into military air operations: the missions they typically perform and how they contrast to longer-range combat aircraft
V-22 osprey tilt-rotor aircraft by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
28 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The V-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft, capable of vertical or short take off and landing, with forward flight like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. The MV-22 is the Marine Corps[alpha] top aviation priority. Marine Corps leaders believe that the Osprey will provide them an unprecedented capability to quickly and decisively project power from well over the horizon. The Air Force[alpha]s CV-22 version will be used for special operations. Army officials have testified that the service has no requirement for the V-22, but the Navy has expressed interest in purchasing MV-22s for a variety of missions
F-22 aircraft program by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The F-22 Raptor is a next-generation fighter/attack aircraft using the latest stealth technology to reduce detection by radar. Equipped with more advanced engines and avionics than the current F-15 Eagle, the F-22 is expected to maintain U.S. Air Force capabilities against more sophisticated aircraft and missiles in the 21st century."-- p. 3
Joint strike fighter (JSF) program background, status, and issues by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Defense Department's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is one of three aircraft programs at the center of current debate over tactical aviation, the others being the Air Force F/A-22 fighter and the Navy F/A-18E/F fighter/attack plane. In November 1996, the Defense Department selected two major aerospace companies, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to demonstrate competing designs for the JSF, a joint-service and multi-role fighter/attack plane. On October 26, 2001, the Lockheed Martin team was selected to develop further and to produce a family of conventional take-off and landing (CTOL), carrier-capable (CV), and short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and the U.K. Royal Navy as well as other allied services. Originally designated the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) program, the JSF program is a major issue in Congress because of concerns about its cost and budgetary impact, effects on the defense industrial base, and implications for U.S. national security in the early 21st century."--P. [iii]
Border security (or insecurity) ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Homeland security protecting airliners from terrorist missiles by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recent events have focused attention on the threat that terrorists with shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) pose to commercial airliners. Most believe that no single solution exists to effectively mitigate this threat. Instead, a menu of options may be considered, including installing infrared (IR) countermeasures on aircraft; modifying flight operations and air traffic control procedures; improving airport and regional security; and strengthening missile non-proliferation efforts
Airborne intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) the U-2 aircraft and global hawk UAV programs by Richard A Best ( Book )
5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Army aviation the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter issue by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
China's foreign conventional arms acquisitions background and analysis by Shirley A Kan ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This CRS Report examines the major, foreign conventional weapon systems that China has acquired or has committed to acquire since 1990, with particular attention to implications for U.S. security concerns. It is not the assumption of this report that China's military, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), will engage in conflict with other forces in Asia. Nonetheless, since the mid-1990s, there has been increasing concern about China's assertiveness in Asia and military buildup against Taiwan. Since 1990, China has acquired or sought to acquire select types and modest quantities of modern foreign weapons, primarily from Russia. These include: Mi-17 helicopters, Il-76 transports, Su-27 fighters, S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, Kilo submarines, Tor-M1 SAM systems, Sovremenny destroyers (with Sunburn anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs)), A-50 airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) (Israeli Phalcon system canceled in 2000), and Su-30 long-range fighters. The Su-27 and Su-30 represent significant upgrades in fighter aircraft capability over China's indigenous aircraft. The combination of the PLA's imported AA-11 air-to-air missile and highly maneuverable aircraft could prove a vexing air-to-air challenge to modern fighter aircraft of other forces in Asia. The Russian SAMs represent marked improvements in China's ability to target aircraft and missiles that threaten its airspace. Nonetheless, the PLA's ability to employ its modern acquisitions is hampered by factors such as limited inventory, deficient maintenance, inadequate pilot training, outdated air doctrine, rigid command, disparate communications, and lack of supporting capabilities in the near term. China's navy has been primarily a coastal defense force built around ships based largely on older or obsolete Soviet technology. China's two Sovremenny-class ships are considerably more technologically modern, complex, and capable than most other PLA surface combatants
Combat aircraft sales to South Asia potential implications by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In March 2005, the Bush Administration announced a willingness to resume sales of F-16 combat aircraft to Pakistan. Potential sales to India are also being considered. These potential sales have political, military, and defense industrial base implications for the United States and the South Asia region
Military suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) assessing future needs by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Suppressing enemy air defenses (SEAD) has been a central element of projecting military air power for over 50 years. However, several developments suggest that this mission is of growing importance to the Department of Defense (DOD). Some say that the emergence of new technologies and air defenses will increasingly challenge U.S. SEAD efforts. Making budgetary judgments on SEAD programs and processes requires the assessment of complex factors. This report will be updated
C-17 cargo aircraft program by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Russian fighter aircraft industrial base parallels with the United States? by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There are many differences between the fighter aircraft industry in the United States and in Russia. The United States has traditionally produced its weaponry within a capitalist framework which allowed free enterprise and competition between companies in private industry. The former Soviet Union's economy, and its fighter aircraft industry was based on a Marxist, command economy, where the central government dictated the type and number of aircraft produced and allocated resources for construction. Once among the most glamorous components of the Soviet military industrial complex, the Russian military aircraft industry has been described by some analysts as being on the verge of collapse. Russia's civilian aircraft industry has faced similar pressures, which does not bode well for the military aviation infrastructure. It may be difficult for fighter aircraft companies to find employment in Russia's beleaguered civil aircraft sector. The Russian government has attempted to reform its fighter aircraft industrial base and make it more efficient and competitive with western industry. It has initiated several reforms aimed at reducing the stratification and compartmentalization of industrial processes, as well as improving access to financial resources. These reforms have had mixed success. While Russia's military aviation infrastructure has consolidated dramatically, the overall effectiveness of these reform efforts still remains to be seen. As Russia reforms its fighter aircraft industrial base, there appear to be many parallels between their experience and what is happening in the United States in terms of declining domestic demand and pressure for consolidation. By examining the events in Russia's military aviation industrial base, especially the experience of the Sukhoi and Mikoyan aircraft design bureaus, policy makers in the United States may gain insight into current and forthcoming domestic fighter aircraft industrial base issues
Potential military use of airships and aerostats by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Department of Defense (DOD) has a history of using lighter-than-air (LTA) platforms such as airships (blimps) and aerostats (tethered balloons). Aerostats have recently been fielded to protect U.S. troops in the field. Contemporary interest is growing in using airships for numerous missions. This report examines the various concepts being considered and describes the issues for Congress
Cruise missile defense by Ravi R Hichkad ( Book )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Congress has expressed interest in cruise missile defense for years. Cruise missiles (CMs) are essentially unmanned attack aircraft -- vehicles composed of an airframe, propulsion system, guidance system, and weapons payload. They may possess highly complex navigation and targeting systems and thus have the capability to sustain low, terrain-hugging flight paths as well as strike with great accuracy. CMs can be launched from numerous platforms -- air-, land-, or sea-based -- and they can be outfitted with either conventional weapons or weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The Department of Defense is pursuing several initiatives that seek to improve capabilities against an unpredictable cruise missile threat. These initiatives compete for funding and congressional attention
Air Force FB-22 bomber concept by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Military helicopter modernization background and issues for Congress by Christian F. M Liles ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recent military operations, particularly those in Afghanistan and Iraq, have brought to the fore a number of outstanding questions concerning helicopters in the U.S. armed forces, including deployability, safety, survivability, affordability, and operational effectiveness. These concerns are especially relevant, and made more complicated, in an age of military transformation, the global war on terrorism, and increasing pressure to rein in funding for the military, all of which provide contradictory pressures with regard to DOD's large, and often complicated, military helicopter modernization efforts. Despite these questions, the military use of helicopters is likely to hold even, if not grow. This report includes a discussion of the evolving role of helicopters in military transformation. The Department of Defense (DOD) fields 10 different types of helicopters, which are largely of 1960s and 1970s design. This inventory numbers approximately 5,500 rotary-wing aircraft, not including an additional 144 belonging to the Coast Guard, and ranges from simple utility platforms such as the ubiquitous UH-1 Huey to highly-advanced, multi-mission platforms such as the Air Force's MH-53J Pave Low special operations helicopter and the still-developmental MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Three general approaches can be taken to modernize DOD's helicopter forces: upgrading current platforms, rebuilding current helicopter models (often called recapitalization), or procuring new models. These approaches can be pursued alone, or concurrently, and the attractiveness or feasibility of any approach or combination of approaches depends largely on budgetary constraints and operational needs. In some cases, observers argue that upgrades to helicopter sub-systems, especially radar, communications, and targeting systems, are the most cost effective way to satisfy current helicopter requirements
Homeland security defending U.S. airspace by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The September 11th attacks have drawn attention to U.S. air defense, and the 9/11 Commission Report has specifically recommended that Congress regularly assess the ability of Northern Command to defend the United States against military threats. Protecting U.S. airspace may require improvements in detecting aircraft and cruise missiles, making quick operational decisions, and intercepting them. A number of options exist in each of these areas. A variety of issues must be weighed including expediency, cost, and minimizing conflicts with civilian aviation
Air Force transformation by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Many believe that the Department of Defense (DOD) - including the Air Force - must transform itself to ensure future U.S. military dominance. The Air Force has a transformation plan that includes advanced technologies, concept development, and organizational innovation. Issues for Congress include the efficacy of this plan, its feasibility, and the attendant costs. This report will be updated
Homeland security establishment and implementation of Northern Command by Christopher C Bolkcom ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Defense Department's (DoD) establishment of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) appears to be a significant organizational step toward fighting terrorism at home and protecting U.S. interests abroad. Many issues remain, however, regarding NORTHCOM's implementation. Some issues pertain to NORTHCOM'S relationships with other DoD agencies. Procedures for how NORTHCOM will interact with the Department of Homeland Security and other civilian agencies are being developed. Civil-military issues, and NORTHCOM's liaison with Canada, Mexico, and other neighboring countries, are being developed
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