Articles by Alex Hempel





The Virginia Payload Module and Versatility

Updated 7/7/17 to improve readability and add information. Anyone involved in the study or practice of naval warfare can attest to the prowess of submarines. While neither the flashiest nor most “visible” components of a navy, submarines are…


Lasers: The Future of Missile Defense?

This post is a follow-on to a previous article, The Challenges of Missile Defense. As discussed, the current interceptor-based missile defense solutions have cost, deployability and performance limitations that will be difficult to overcome. Their usage…


Maritime Patrol Aircraft Market Heats Up

Updated 7/10/2017 to improve readability. It is no surprise, given the importance of the seas to many rising Pacific military powers, that sales of maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) have been faring well as of late. MPA are…