25 Total Quotes

Loren Thompson Quotes

They're expecting that the government will publicly disclose its approval of the transaction, with conditions, this month.
Loren Thompson
#Approval

The government should never have tried to develop one system to meet the very different needs of the Army and Navy.
Loren Thompson
#Army

The big question going forward is how intensive the military commitment to Iraq remains. If it stays at current levels, then the Army is facing a recruiting challenge every month for years to come.
Loren Thompson
#Commitment

Gordon England has believed since he was in industry that the acquisition system is broken. If given the opportunity, he'll push to change almost every aspect of the way the Pentagon does business because he believes billions of dollars are being wasted.
Loren Thompson
#England

The Army is doing most of the fighting in a very unpopular war. That means no amount of money is going to make recruiting an easy job.
Loren Thompson
#Army

So far the Democrats look like better news for the defense industry than the Republicans, ... I don't see how anyone could disagree. The Democrats are on the record wanting to spend more money than Bush does. The Gore plan envisions spending $10 to $11 billion more a year on defense, whereas the Bush plan sees half as much (of an increase).
Loren Thompson
#Defense

Past Israeli behavior does not inspire confidence.
Loren Thompson
#Behavior

Cutting that much money from the program clearly foreshadows either program termination or a long delay and major restructuring.
Loren Thompson
#Delay

You have to wonder where the Army thinks it's going after Iraq.
Loren Thompson
#Army

Because Gore doesn't show great enthusiasm for missile defense, he's not going to initiate another big program that has to be fit into a tight program, ... That's probably a net positive for contractors.
Loren Thompson
#Defense

As the war in Iraq drags on, the Army is accumulating a collection of problems that cumulatively could call into question the viability of an all-volunteer force.
Loren Thompson
#Army

It's hard to overstate how important this technology is to future U.S. military plans.
Loren Thompson
#Future

This is really about a war plan that went wrong based on a series of bad decisions that reflected really abysmal intelligence.
Loren Thompson
#War

During the Cold War, the Guard was an afterthought. There were sound reasons then why the Guard was less equipped than the active force. But in a post 9-11 world, that model no longer works.
Loren Thompson
#War

If the rules are too demanding, they're going to be hard pressed to find a place to operate other than a desert. When you build a military base, somebody is going to lose their land, somebody is going to object because of noise. But if everybody gets a veto then you're not going to have any new military bases anywhere.
Loren Thompson
#Rules

The British are going to spend billions on this, and they're concerned they won't really understand the technology of what they're buying. They don't want to be treated like a Third World arms dealer. They're saying, ' If you can't trust us, how can we trust you?
Loren Thompson
#Technology

Bringing in somebody from management to install that rotor blade doesn't seem [likely].
Loren Thompson
#Management

What you see in these examples is that the Nunn-McCurdy cost breaches cover a lot of diversity in terms of causes and consequences. To punish programs equally for such different difficulties is not constructive.
Loren Thompson
#Diversity

The crux of this issue is that the Marine force really isn't very well designed for the type of fight it's facing in Iraq.
Loren Thompson
#Force

The entire Marine force was designed around the concept of amphibious warfare, which is a good deal different from the kind of conflict they're fighting in Iraq today, hundreds of miles from the sea. The Marines are a light force; they kick in the door but they are not supposed to occupy all the rooms.
Loren Thompson
#Force

A prolonged shut down of spare parts production potentially endangers Army readiness. There's no way Sikorsky can maintain a high rate of production without the Teamsters on the line.
Loren Thompson
#Army

There is a huge demand for spare parts that only Sikorsky can meet. Without the Teamsters, the company can't maintain a coherent production schedule.
Loren Thompson
#Company

Now they've introduced a cluster that they themselves can't define. It seems as though the most important people in the system don't really grasp the details of what's being funded.
Loren Thompson
#People

Much of the Marine Corps equipment was purchased with the prospect of a shore assault in mind.
Loren Thompson
#Mind

They're largely meeting their quotas in the midst of an increasingly unpopular war, They're barely pulling in a handful of people in a country of 300 million. What these numbers show is the average recruiter is bringing in one recruit a month. That's not a great performance.
Loren Thompson
#War