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Integrating Innovative Airpower: A Report from the Copenhagen Airpower Symposium

On April 17, 2015, two of our partners, the Williams Foundation (Australia) and the Centre for Defense Studies (University of Copenhagen) hosted a seminar in Copenhagen on airpower innovation.

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The UK Engagement with the USS Wasp F-35B Opertional Tests

05/28/2015  The UK is engaged aboard the Wasp as a run up to F-35B integration aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth.   Read More >>

An Update on the USS WASP-F35B Ship Integration Tests

05/27/2015  Major Greenberg, a PAO for the USMC aboard the USS Wasp, provides an update on the process and the progress.   Read More >>

P8 Operations in the South China Sea

05/27/2015  P8 Operations in the South China Sea challenged by Chinese Navy.   Read More >>

Norwegian F-16s Fly with RAF Typhoons in Baltic Air Policing Role

05/27/2015  Norwegian Air Force F -16 fighter jets fly alongside Typhoon fighters from RAF while they fulfill their Baltic air policing role.   Read More >>

Osprey at the Eight-Year Mark: Preparing for the Next Phase

05/27/2015  This September, the Osprey will reach an 8-year mark in its operational deployment history.   Read More >>

At the Vortex of 4th and 5th Generation Aircraft Integration: The Weapons Revolution

05/25/2015  The weapons revolution is a key enabler for 4th and 5th generation integration.   Read More >>

Operational Testing of the F-35B Aboard the USS Wasp

05/24/2015  USS Wasp, with VMFA-121 and VMFAT-501 embarked, is underway conducting the first phase of operational testing for the F-35B ...   Read More >>

Challenges of Aerospace Innovation: The Case of the A400M

05/24/2015  Innovation in the aviation sector sometimes comes with deadly cost.   Read More >>

The 2nd MEB Air Officer Focuses on the Way Ahead

05/23/2015  The Air Officer for the 2nd MEB discusses some aspects of the way ahead in configuring air assets within the insertion force.   Read More >>

Working 4th and 5th Generation Integration: Sentry Savannah 15-1

05/23/2015  The F-35 training squadron at MCAS Beaufort is doing more than simply learning to operate the airplane.   Read More >>

F-35Bs Arrive Aboard USS WASP for Operational Testing

05/22/2015  Six aircraft arrived for the opening of OT-1 (first phase of operational testing) on May 18, 2015 aboard the USS Wasp.   Read More >>

F-35B Ops Aboard USS Wasp

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Special Report: Integrating Innovative Airpower, An Update from Copenhagen

05/21/2015  The discussions of innovative airpower enabling coalition operations presented during the Copenhagen Airpower Symposium is the focus of a new Special Report ...   Read More >>

Lt. Gen. John Wissler Discusses Huey Crash in Nepal

05/20/2015  Lt. Gen. John Wissler Discusses Huey Crash in Nepal.   Read More >>

First Australian F-35 Instructor Pilot Flight at Luke AFB

05/20/2015  Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, of the Royal Australian Air Force, talks about the Aussies at uke Air Force Base.   Read More >>

The Royal Air Force and the F-35: Shaping An Airpower Transition

05/17/2015  What is not widely realized that the RAF has been able to put a template for transformation.   Read More >>

The USS America, CVN-78 and HMS Queen Elizabeth: Crafting Capabilities for 21st Century Operations

05/17/2015  The USN, the USMC, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy are all pursuing new carrier programs designed to thrive, not just survive in 21st century operations.   Read More >>

RAF Typhoons in Russian Intercepts Near Estonia

05/16/2015  Four RAF Typhoons recently deployed to Amari airbase in Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission.   Read More >>

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LHD-6 Replenishment at Sea

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USS WASP F-35B Ship Integration (2)

05/28/2015  Slideshow: USS WASP F-35B landing and preparing to taxi to the hangar.   Read More >>

USS WASP F-35B Ship Integration (1)

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Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group on Deployment

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Marines Work With Malaysian Armed Forces

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Eight Ospreys Take off from USS Bonhomme Richard in Support of Mission

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Helo Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Exercise

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USS Laboon Operations in the Mediterranean

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24th MEU Marines Depart USS New York for French Bilateral Training in Djibouti

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SPMAGTF-CR-Conducts NEO Exercise

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70th Anniversary of V-E Day Flyover in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Marines and Nepalese Soldiers Deliver Aid on MV-22 Osprey

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Ospreys Support Nepal Aid Effort

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Visiting the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

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134th Air Refueling Wing

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C-17 Night Flight

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Visiting HMS Queen Elizabeth

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CAG 17 Aboard USS Carl Vinson

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Japanese Defense Minister Osprey Flight

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Australian C-17 aid to Nepal

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Italy Provides Humanitarian Aid to Nepal via KC-767

05/02/2015  The Italian Air Force airlifted humanitarian aid to Nepal via their Boeing 767 transport.   Read More >>

French Air Force Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Nepal

05/02/2015  A French Air Force A340 was the initial means to deliver aid to Nepal.   Read More >>

Dutch MoD Highlights its Contribution to Dutch Defense and Security

05/02/2015  In a video released on April 10. 2015, the Netherlands armed forces highlight their contributions to Dutch defense and security.   Read More >>

Joint Warrior 151 in Scotland

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The F-35 Program from the Italian Perspective

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

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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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An Update on the A400M, April 2015

Visits to the A400M multinational training center at Seville and at the Bricy Air Base in France provide an operational perspective on the roll out of the A400M.

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Filling the Gap: SPMAGTF-CR

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Renorming

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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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