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Historical Origins of The “One China” Policy: The Continuous Struggle for Asserted Central Power

01/18/2017  “One China” Policy must be a core interest of the PRC because the regime has no illusions on how perilous and weak their grip on power is within China.   Read More >>

Prime Minister Abe Works Asian Security: Laying a Foundation for Navigating the Future

01/18/2017  With his "proactive pacifism" policy, Prime Minister Abe is actively working with core allies to strengthen regional defense and security.   Read More >>

An Indian Perspective on the Trump Presidency

01/18/2017  The Trump Presidency could see an acceleration of Indian-US cooperation.   Read More >>

C-295W as Inflight Helo Refueler

01/17/2017  Now the C-295 W variant has been demonstrated to be a reliable refueler for inflight helicopters as well.   Read More >>

Eurofighter Typhoons Control Austrian Airspace: Providing Air Security for the World Economic Forum

01/17/2017  Eurofighter Typhoons belonging to the Austrian Armed Forces will secure the airspace on the occasion of the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos.   Read More >>

Shaping a 21st Century Defense Strategy: The Norwegian Way Ahead

01/16/2017  Norway is enhancing its core defense capabilities for national and coalition purposes.   Read More >>

UK Typhoons to Deploy for Air Policing Mission to Romania

01/15/2017  Typhoons from RAF Coningsby will be based in Romania for three months in summer 2017.   Read More >>

Evolving Technological Threats: The Coming of High-Speed Maneuvering Weapons

01/15/2017  A new report published by the National Academy of Sciences focuses upon the challenge of defending against high speed weapons.   Read More >>

The One China Paradox: How Does One Become Many?

01/15/2017  Why should the world be constrained by a “one China” policy making deals when Beijing themselves do not believe in it or rely on it? ...   Read More >>

Coming to Grips With a Strategic Shift: From Non-Proliferation to Strategic Deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age

01/15/2017  The second nuclear age calls for a fresh look at the structures, dynamics, and processes of a world order that many did not want to see come about.   Read More >>

UK Shapes Regional Defense Hubs as Part of Global Engagement Strategy

01/15/2017  The UK Minister of Defence highlights the key role for Britain of the expansion of the Ministry of Defence’s overseas network.   Read More >>

The 11th A400M Arrives in France

01/14/2017  The 11th A400M for the French Air Force has just arrived in France.   Read More >>

Marines and Expeditionary Runways

01/14/2017  An MMT comprises of a base, pace, chase, reference, navigation aid and communication technician who establish a 60-foot wide and 3,000-foot long runway in remote locations.   Read More >>

Green Knights Depart For Relocation to Japan

01/14/2017  The Green Knights are returning to the Pacific.   Read More >>

Dutch Air Force Takes Baltic Air Patrol Lead

01/14/2017  The Dutch Air Force has taken over primary lead for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission.   Read More >>

Shaping the Way Ahead for the Combat Insertion Force: The 15th MEU Goes to Sea with the USS America

01/14/2017  The sea base is adding to its capability for the insertion of force into a vector of assault, destroy and withdraw.   Read More >>

A Look at the CIA’s Global Trends Report from South Africa

01/12/2017  A South African look at the latest four year review by the CIA of global trends.   Read More >>

The F-35 Global Enterprise: Reworking Collective Defense

01/12/2017  When one asks for allies to do more, the F-35 global coalition is staring one in the face.   Read More >>

VMFA-121 on the Way to Japan

01/12/2017  The Green Knights departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017.   Read More >>

In Brief

Australia’s New Centre for Defence Industry Capability Opens

01/18/2017  Video:Australia’s New Centre for Defence Industry Capability Opens ...   Read More >>

Aussie Patrol Boat Training for Border Security

01/17/2017  Video:Aussie Patrol Boat Training for Border Security ...   Read More >>

Steel Knight 2017

01/16/2017  Video:Steel Knight 2017 ...   Read More >>

Semper Fi: 100 Year Marine Corps Reserve and to Marine John. J. O’Leary

01/12/2017  Video:Semper Fi: 100 Year Marine Corps Reserve and to Marine John. J. O’Leary ...   Read More >>

The Last A-4 Retires

01/12/2017  Video:The Last A-4 Retires ...   Read More >>

Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge

12/24/2016  Video:Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge ...   Read More >>

Overview on SPMAGTF Southern Command Deployment

12/22/2016  Video:Overview on SPMAGTF Southern Command Deployment ...   Read More >>

Long Range Raid Exercise

12/20/2016  Slideshow :Long Range Raid Exercise ...   Read More >>

HMAS Parramatta ESSM Firing 

12/18/2016  Video:HMAS Parramatta ESSM Firing ...   Read More >>

Marine Col. George Rowell on the F-35B at the Farnbourgh Airshow

12/16/2016  The CO of VMX-1 discusses the visit to the Farnbourgh Airshow this past summer.   Read More >>

VMX-22 Re-designation and Change of Command

12/16/2016  Slideshow:VMX-22 Re-designation and Change of Command ...   Read More >>

VMFA-121 at Red Beach

12/16/2016  Slideshow:VMFA-121 at Red Beach ...   Read More >>

Danish Air Force and the Counter-Piracy Mission

12/15/2016  Video:Danish Air Force and the Counter-Piracy Mission ...   Read More >>

F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6): 2

12/09/2016  The F-35B DT-III lays the groundwork for upcoming USMC F-35B deployments.   Read More >>

Green Knights reunion: VMFA-121 follows in the footsteps of their brothers

12/06/2016  Video: Green Knights reunion: VMFA-121 follows in the footsteps of their brothers ...   Read More >>

F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6): 1

12/06/2016  Video:F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6): 1 ...   Read More >>

Australian Frigate Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

12/05/2016  Video :Australian Frigate Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ...   Read More >>

Australia Sends the HMAS Arunta to Operation Manitou

12/02/2016  Video:Australia Sends the HMAS Arunta to Operation Manitou ...   Read More >>

P-8 Arrival Ceremony at RAAF Base Edinburgh

12/01/2016  Slideshow :P-8 Arrival Ceremony at RAAF Base Edinburgh ...   Read More >>

EXERCISE DUGONG 2016

11/30/2016  Video:EXERCISE DUGONG 2016 ...   Read More >>

USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka, Japan

11/30/2016  Video:USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka, Japan ...   Read More >>

DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 5, 2016

11/29/2016  DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 5, 2016 ...   Read More >>

DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 4, 2016

11/28/2016  DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 4, 2016 ...   Read More >>

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Flight Operations

11/28/2016  Video:USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Flight Operations ...   Read More >>

Australian Exercise Boss Lift 2016

11/27/2016  Employers experience life in the field as Defence Reservists during Exercise Boss Lift.   Read More >>

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The 2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference will be held from 10-12 October 2017 in Essen Germany.

2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference

The Air Force Association’s 33rd Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition themed “C2 and Fusion Warfare” is one of the nation’s premier events for defense and aerospace professionals from across the United States and abroad.  AFA brings together Air Force senior leaders including; the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff, Major Command Commanders, and many more.

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Air Warfare Symposium, March 2017

Chief of Staff of the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s Air Power Conference 2017 is held on 7 – 9 February 2017.

Evolution to a 5th Generation Air Force: Norway’s Shield and Sword

Defense & Security Publications

Rethinking China Policy

This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.

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The Integration of the F-35B into USMC Operations

This special report provides an update on the introduction and integration of the F-35B into evolving USMC operations.

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Visiting RAF Lossiemouth: The RAF Shapes a Way Ahead

The RAF is in transition and RAF Lossiemouth is a key base where it is taking place.

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Squadron Fighter Pilots: The Unstoppable Force of Innovation for 5th Generation Enabled Concepts of Operations

To understand the intangible of pilot performance and the future combat success of the F-35, Lightning II, one just has to listen to what the military pilots who actually are fly the aircraft are saying, all other critics are second order.

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New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration

The Williams Foundation sponsored a seminar with regard to the way ahead on force integration.

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Australia’s New Class of Conventional Submarines

In a piece published in the fourth issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the building of a new class of conventional submarines in Australia is discussed.

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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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Royal Australian Air Force Transformation, October 2015

Our partner Front Line Defence has provided an update on the KC-30A and its role in the RAAF transformation strategy.

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Australia Crafts Its Own Anti-Access, Area Denial Strategy

The Australian military is shaping a transformed military force, one built around new platforms but ones that operate in a joint manner in an extended battlespace. as seen in this August 19, 2016  Breaking Defense article.

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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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The F-35 and Transformation of the Power Projection Forces

We have just published a Special Report based on US and allied interviews on this important subject.

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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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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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The Way Ahead: Opening the Mission Sets

In this article published by our partner Front Line Defence, the perspective of Admiral Gortney, then Commander of NORTHCOM and NORAD, is provided on the challenges facing North American Defense.

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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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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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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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Airpower and the Hybrid Threat, December 2015

Our partner Front Line Defence has provided a look at 5th generation enabled combat ops and the hybrid threat.

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CH-53s: Shifting Generation

In this article published in the leading French defense magazine OPERATIONNELS SLDS, Spring/Summer 2016, the nature of the next generation CH-53 and its role is explained based on interviews with the USMC.

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The F-35 and 21st Century Defence: Shaping a Way Ahead

We have just published a book on Amazon in Kindle format focusing the arrival of the F-35 and its interactive role reshaping the defense forces of the democracies.

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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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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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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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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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An Update on the KC-30A from Edwards AFB: Clearing the Way for Expanded Operations

In an interview conducted at Edwards AFB with the Aussie tanker team, plus an update from Spain, we are providing an update on the Aussies as they move to Tanker 2.0

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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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France, India and 21st Century Strategic Challenges, April 2015

Our partner India Strategic published a piece on the buy of the Rafale and its strategic context.

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New Approaches to Air-Land Integration: A Williams Foundation Seminar on 5th Generation Enabled Combat Operations

The seminar held on March 17, 2016 in Canberra, Australia, focused on new approaches to air-land integration.

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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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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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Norway, Security and the High North

In a piece published in the second issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the significance and challenge for modern fleet logistics is the focus of attention.

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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 Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force

The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.

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Lessons Learned at Pax River: The Coming of the F-35 Fleet

Squadron Pilots in Marines, USAF and Navy, and in partner Air Forces will be backed up by the best test community at Edwards and Pax

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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

 

Reach and Punch: The Sea Services Prepare to Prevail in the Extended Battlespace

The sea services are changing their concepts of operations and leveraging new technology to fight more effectively in the extended battlespace as seen in this December 20, 2015 Breaking Defense interview with Rear Admiral Manazir

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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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Challenges for the Military Sealift Command: The Distributed Fleet

In a piece published on February 18, 2015, Breaking Defense looks at why strengthening the U.S. merchant marine is a key strategic imperative.

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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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Higher Tempo Ops in Contested Airspace

The challenge for Western forces to operate in higher tempo ops was the focus of attention at the Trilateral Exercise in December 2015 at Langley AFB with the Brits and the French.

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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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