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Symposium on Integrating New Opportunities for Airpower: Shaping New Capabilities for Small or Medium Air Forces

04/14/2015  On April 17, 2015, an international seminar in Copenhagen will address the opportunities and challenges of integrating new capabilities into small and medium air forces.   Read More >>

Japanese Experiment with Balloon Assisted UAV Over Anarctica

04/14/2015  Japanese researchers conducted experiments over Antarctica with a Balloon assisted UAV.   Read More >>

Life as an RAF F-16 Pilot

04/13/2015  RAF Squadron Leader Nick deCandole describes life as an F-16 pilot at the Nellis Test and Evaluation squadron.   Read More >>

Arctic Challenge Exercise 2015: Norway as the Lead Nation

04/11/2015  In 2015 one of Europe’s largest fighter jet exercise is to take place in the Nordic countries, with Norway as lead nation.   Read More >>

India, France and the Rafale: Closing In on a Deal

04/10/2015  India and France are closing in on a direct government-to-government deal which would ensure a timely delivery and at lower cost to the Indian Air Force of the aircraft.   Read More >>

Visiting the A400M Training Facility in Seville, Spain

04/09/2015  The training facility operates as the mother ship for the basic training but national centers have been set up in France, Britain and one is being stood up in Germany.   Read More >>

Travis AFB C-5M Makes Aviation History

04/09/2015  The C-5M modernization has really unfolded below the radar of Washington analysts and critics.   Read More >>

Caspian "Trilaterals" Impart New Regional Dynamism

04/08/2015  Azerbaijan and Turkey have partnered with Georgia, Iran, or Turkmenistan in recent years to pursue targeted trilateral goals.   Read More >>

Mega-deals and Mega-problems: Brazil In Its Own World

04/06/2015  Brazil seems wedded to a very bad habit of navel gazing.   Read More >>

A Look at the Way Ahead for MBDA: Analyzing the Annual Results

04/05/2015  Francis Tusa looks back at the recent deliveries of MBDA and looks at the way ahead.   Read More >>

The Evolving Challenges for Coalition Airpower: Secretary Wynne Looks at the Way Ahead

04/05/2015  In this piece, Secretary Wynne discusses the way ahead for coalition airpower, 2030.   Read More >>

The US Navy in the Pacific: An Interview with Admiral Harry Harris Jr. During His Visit to India

04/04/2015  In his visit to India, the USN Commander in the Pacific spoke about the key role of the Indian-US relationship.   Read More >>

The Dutch Chief of Staff on the Evolving Threat Environment: The 2015 Future Force Conference in the Netherlands

04/04/2015  "Europe is surrounded by a ring of fire." ...   Read More >>

Shaping Effective Solution Sets for Logistics Management: Edge Software and Distributed Decision Making

04/04/2015  With smart networks in place, a strategic shift to distributed decision making is empowered.   Read More >>

The Weapons Enterprise in Airpower Transition: The Royal Air Force Case

04/03/2015  The RAF is undergoing two fighter aircraft transitions at the same time.   Read More >>

Eagle Resolve 2015: US and Kuwaiti Forces in Amphibious Training Exercises

03/30/2015  Video:Eagle Resolve 2015: US and Kuwaiti Forces in Amphibious Training Exercises ...   Read More >>

HMAS Canberra Going Through Its Paces: Boarding Team Training

03/29/2015  HMAS Canberra is the latest addition to the Royal Australian Navy and introduces amphibious capability to the force.   Read More >>

The Izumo Commissioning by the MSDF: Contributing to Regional Defense and Security

03/27/2015  Along with the South Koreans and Australians, the Japanese are building amphibious ships.   Read More >>

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AAV Returns to the USS Bonhomme Richard

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USN Operating in the Black Sea

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Transits the Suez Canal

04/16/2015  Video:USS Theodore Roosevelt Transits the Suez Canal ...   Read More >>

USS Farragut Transits the Suez Canal

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USS Farragut Departs Palma de Mallorca

04/15/2015  Video:USS Farragut Departs Palma de Mallorca ...   Read More >>

A New Addition to the Afghan Airpower Transition (2)

04/15/2015  Video:A New Addition to the Afghan Airpower Transition (2) ...   Read More >>

Crisis Response Marines Complete External-Load Lift with MV-22 Osprey in Spain

04/14/2015  04/14/2015: U.S. Marine Corps landing support specialists with Special-Purpose Marine ...   Read More >>

The Aussies Are Buying Two Additional C-17s

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CH-53E Super Stallion Fast Rope

04/14/2015  Video:CH-53E Super Stallion Fast Rope ...  

Super Hornet to Hornet Transition for the RAAF in the Middle East Region

04/13/2015  Video:Final F/A-18F mission in the Middle East Region ...   Read More >>

A New Addition to the Afghan Airpower Transition

04/13/2015  Video:A New Addition to the Afghan Airpower Transition ...   Read More >>

CH-53 External Lift

04/12/2015  Video:CH-53 External Lift ...  

KC-130J Hercules Tactical Aerial Delivery

04/10/2015  Video:KC-130J Hercules Tactical Aerial Delivery ...  

MV-22B Osprey Flight Operations

04/08/2015  Video:MV-22B Osprey Flight Operations ...  

Exercise Talon Reach

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44 AMU's F-15 surge to the sky

04/05/2015  Slideshow:44 AMU's F-15 surge to the sky ...   Read More >>

USS Bonhomme Richard LCU Recovery

04/02/2015  Video:USS Bonhomme Richard LCU Recovery ...  

Celebrating the 70th Year of History of the USCG Bluebell

04/01/2015  Video:Celebrating the 70th Year of History of the USCG Bluebell ...   Read More >>

Visiting Djibouti: November 2014

03/31/2015  In November 2014, Second Line of Defense Co-Founder, Murielle Delaporte, visited the French and American forces in Djibouti.   Read More >>

Operation Skyfall

03/31/2015  Video:Operation Skyfall ...  

HMH-366 External Lift Training

03/30/2015  Video:HMH-366 External Lift Training ...  

Eagle Resolve Amphibious Exercise

03/30/2015  Slideshow:Eagle Resolve Amphibious Exercise ...  

Talon Reach Long Range Raids

03/29/2015  Highlighting a USMC approach to innovation combing C2 with aviation and infantry innovations to deliver new long range force insertion capabilities.   Read More >>

The Osprey as an Enabler and Connector: First Landing on Republic of Korea Amphibious Assault Ship

03/29/2015  The Japanese, the Australians and the South Koreans are all building amphibious  ships.   Read More >>

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USN Reservist Flying the F-35B and the F-35C

03/22/2015 –  USN Reserve Pilot Flies the F-35B and the F-35C in the test process.Read More>>


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Danish Conference

This unique symposium is co-sponsored by The Williams Foundation (Australia) and the Centre for Military Studies (Denmark).

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The 10th Annual Kingston Conference on International Security focuses on the evolving role of robotics in military operations and will be held May 11-13 2015 in Kingston Waters Edge, Ontario.

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The Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition is truly a one-of-a-kind event where AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia, and current aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today.

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Defense & Security Publications


Western Sahara and European Security

This report by the French Mediterranean Sub-Group looks at ways to bring about a settlement of the Polisario-Moroccan issue.

The urgency of the states bordering the huge Sahara region to reinforce stability in the region has been heightened by events in the Middle East, along with the Libyan decay and the emergence of ISIS.

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Seabasing: Annual Report fro Program Objective Memorandum 2017

The Seabasing Annual Report for POM 2017 provides an update to the modernization of the amphibious fleet and task force.

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). An integrated global fleet of F-35s is a key asset for shaping joint and coalition capabilities for 21st century combat operations.

The Future of Naval Aviation An E-Book

In this e-book, our recent Special Report on The Future of Naval Aviation can be viewed.

The report is based on exclusive interviews with the USN Aviation community, notably at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center

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Weitz Report on Nuclear Security

Promoting Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation: The Contribution of Kazakhstan: An E-Book

In this e-book, Richard Weitz examines the leadership role which Kazakhstan has taken in the area of nuclear security.

This report looks at the reasons behind the commitment and the role, which Kazakhstan is playing to shape a way ahead in a contested world.

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RAAF Goes to Iraq: Transformation and Engagement

In this article published by Front Line Defence, the transformation of the RAAF evident in the way they have deployed to and operated in Iraq is the focus of attention.

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The F-35 Program from the Italian Perspective

Recently, the Rome based think tank, Centro Studi Internazionali, published their look at the F-35 program, its impact on Italian defense and the role of Italy within the global enterprise.

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Tron Warfare

Shaping a 21st Century Approach to Tron Warfare An E-Book

In this e-book, Ed Timperlake focuses on the emergence of Tron Warfare.

The report is based on several years of interviews and work in the military aviation community and with many of the pilots and operators of the F-35.

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Flight Training: Cuts Threaten Capabilities and Mission Success

In this article published by Front Line Defence, the challenge of dealing with training cuts on evolving aviation capabilities and mission success is the focus of attention.

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A forthcoming article in Front Line Defence discusses a number of the issues presented in the Rome briefing. Credit: Front Line Defence

Insertion Forces

In this article from Front Line Defence (Issue 5, 2014), the shaping of forces appropriate to dealing with ongoing onslaught of “strategic surprises” is examined.

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The USS America and Innovation

In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), a look at the clusters of innovations associated with the USS America is provided.

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Expeditionary Force 21

Expeditionary Force 21 is the actionable plan published by the USMC in 2014 to shape scalable modular forces for global presence and engagement.

The goal is to “provide timely and scalable forces for crisis response, allowing commanders to tailor force footprints to evolving situations and effectively composite modular MAGTFs by combining forward-deployed forces with rapidly deploying forces.”

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Extending the Reach of Airpower

In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.

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Distributed Laydown

Distributed Laydown: Shaping the U.S. Marine Corps’s Future in the Pacific

In this e-book, the article on the USMC in the Pacific published by Leatherneck Magazine in August 2014 is now available as an E-Book. The article is based on interviews conducted in the Pacific in the Spring of 2014

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European Defense, the Arctic and the Future

In this e-book, our recent Special Report highlighting Danish perspectives on the Northern European security situation is now available as an E-Book. The report is based on exclusive interviews with Danish experts conducted in Copenhagen in May 2014.

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The Key Role of Exercises and Training Ranges

In this flipbook, a recent article in Front Line Defence looks at the key role of exercises and training in shaping 21st century defense capabilities.

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Aussie Report

Australian Defense Modernization: An E-Book

In this e-book, our recent Special Report on Australian Defense Modernization can be viewed.

The report is based on exclusive interviews with the Australian defense forces.

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Filling the Gap: SPMAGTF-CR

In this piece, written by Murielle Delaporte, and first published in Leatherneck Magazine in April 2014, the role of Special Purpose MAGTFs is discussed.

Delaporte visited the SP-MAGTF in Spain and talked with the Marines just prior to their mission to South Sudan.

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Aftermath of the February 3 cable car accident. Credit Photo: La Stampa, 7/13/11

The Challenge of Dealing with PTSD

Captain Joe Schweitzer was a member of the crew that was responsible for the accidental deaths of 20 Europeans in a tragic cable car accident.

In this piece by Captain Schweitzer, he recounts his struggles to remake his life in the wake of the tragedy and provides a powerful narrative on PTSD.

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In the July 2012 issue of Joint Force’s Quarterly (the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff journal), SLD’s Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake provided an overview of the impact of the F-35 on the future of power projection.

The F-35 is called a joint strike fighter (JSF), and its ability to work with, leverage, and enhance the capability of power projection forces is at the heart of the next 20 years of rebuilding U.S. and allied forces.

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Forging a 21st Century Military Strategy: Leveraging Challenges

This article published in Joint Force Quarterly in January 2014 provides a look at key challenges which will drive the shaping of a 21st century military strategy.

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The Italian facility can both final assemble and provide a basis for opening a maintenance facility or hub for the F-35. It is sized and equipped to achieve a full rate of 24 aircraft /year within 3 years (2016) to accommodate ITALY + NETHERLANDS deliveries. Credit Photo: Lockheed Martin

In this special report, we look at the Italian engagement with the F-35 and the thinking of Italian airpower leaders about the impact of the F-35 on the future.

The report is based on a Fall 2013 visit to Italy, the facilities and interviews with senior Italian officials.


OD in Cockpit

In this paper by Michael Skaff, the principal engineer of the F-35 pilot interface, and a pilot and then engineer involved with the F-16, the author focuses on the emergence of advanced sensor fusion in 5th generation aircraft and its impact.

The Impact of Advanced Sensor Fusion in 5th Generation Fighters on Combat Capability


Arctic Grid

Building the Arctic Grid

This article looks at the challenge of building out an Arctic Grid in Canada and the possible contribution of the F-35 to the effort.

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Weapons Enterprise

The synergy among 5th generation aircraft, weapons and robotics will create a new weapons enterprise.

Legacy weapons are simply that.

This report identifies key aspects of the 21st century weapons enterprise.

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First published in 2010, this book examines a number of key aspects of the impact of fifth generation aircraft on the evolution of airpower.

It includes, a number of key interviews with airpower leaders like General Corley, Secretary Wynne, Lt. General (retired) Trautman, former Deputy Commandant of USMC Aviation, and Lt. General (Retired) Deptula and now Dean of the Mitchell Airpower Institute.

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—General George Patton Jr.

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