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Shaping a Way Ahead for Norwegian Defense

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The Last Tornado Student

03/28/2017  In this article by the last RAF Tornado student pilot, Flight Lt. Nathan Shawyer looks back on the Tornado and its impact on him and its important impact on the ...   Read More >>

Russia and Indian Arms Exports: A Missing US Opportunity?

03/27/2017  India’s large defense budget and the country’s vast unmet weapons needs guarantee that India will remain an important arms buyer for years to come.   Read More >>

New Jetty for the New Royal Navy Carriers at Portsmouth Naval Base

03/25/2017  "The Queen Elizabeth class carriers, together with our F-35 jets will transform our ability to project power around the world." ...   Read More >>

The Turks Plan to Open a Military Base in Mogadishu

03/24/2017  The base will provide Turkey with an opportunity to project its military power into the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR).   Read More >>

Russian Naval Task Force Visits Cape Town

03/24/2017  The Russian Federation Navy’s Northern Fleet detachment, including the Severomorsk large anti-submarine destroyer, paid a surprise visit to the Port of Cape Town.   Read More >>

Exercise Thunder Run and Boars Walk 

03/22/2017  Exercise Thunder Run and Boars Walk is an Aussie Army exercise.   Read More >>

The F-35 Pacific Forum: Shaping A Coalition Approach Towards 21st Century Defense

03/22/2017  The first F-35 symposium of operators has been held in Hawaii. ...   Read More >>

Getting on With Building a 21st Century U.S. Power Projection Force: No Time to Lose

03/22/2017  American airpower faces a challenging environment and we need with building appropriate capabilities, ...   Read More >>

Joint Viking 2017

03/20/2017  Joint Viking is a Norwegian national exercise.   Read More >>

Winter Training in Norway

03/20/2017  A UK Royal Marines and a US Marine comment on winter training in Norway.   Read More >>

Australian and Indonesian Ministers of Defense Meet After Restoration of Full Defense Cooperation

03/20/2017  Australian and Indonesian Ministers of Defense Meet After Restoration of Full Defense Cooperation ...   Read More >>

Triton and Shaping the 21st Century Fleet Approach to Distributed Lethality

03/20/2017  Triton is the latest and cutting edge US Navy platform associated with advanced ISR or maritime domain awareness for the fleet.   Read More >>

Ocean Explorer 2017 Concludes

03/19/2017  Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17 (OE 17) is a major Fleet training activity of the Royal Australian Navy and Air Force.   Read More >>

The USCG Commandant Highlights the Challenges for 2017

03/19/2017  The USCG Commandant Highlights the Challenges for 2017 ...   Read More >>

How to Change the Playing Field for American Workers and Industry?

03/18/2017  This article examines the impact of regulation on manufacturing jobs in the United States.   Read More >>

The KC-30A and the A400M at the 2017 Avalon Air Show

03/18/2017  The Australian KC-30A was joined with the RAF's A400M during its global reach into the Pacific during the Avalon Air Show in Australia.   Read More >>

Building a 21st Century Integrated High End Force: The Aussies Work a Way Ahead

03/18/2017  The Williams Foundation is hosting a conference on April 11, 2017 on force integration.   Read More >>

15th MEU Readies for Deployment with the USS America ARG (Part One)

03/17/2017  Distributed assault in contested space is a game changer for the MEU/ARG.   Read More >>

In Brief

6 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth

03/29/2017  We will report on our recent discussions with 6th Squadron at Lossie soon.  For now here are some signature photos.   Read More >>

F-35 Pacific Symposium

03/18/2017  Video:F-35 Pacific Symposium ...   Read More >>

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Japan Talks About North Korea

03/18/2017  Video:Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Japan Talks About North Korea ...   Read More >>

U2 Reconnaissance Platform in War Against ISIS

03/16/2017  Video:U2 Reconnaissance Platform in War Against ISIS ...   Read More >>

Exercising an Insertion Force

03/15/2017  The Marines are evolving ways to augment and enhance the capability of the insertion force.   Read More >>

FARP Support

03/11/2017  Video:FARP Support ...   Read More >>

Helo Refueling Exercise

03/10/2017  Video:Helo Refueling Exercise ...   Read More >>

Growler Arrives in Australia

03/09/2017  Video:Growler Arrives in Australia ...   Read More >>

RAAF Mentoring in Afghanistan

03/08/2017  Video:RAAF Mentoring in Afghanistan ...   Read More >>

2017 Australian International Airshow

03/07/2017  Slideshow:2017 Australian International Airshow ...   Read More >>

President Trump Visits the USS Ford

03/07/2017  The USS Ford is getting ready to join the US Navy fleet.   Read More >>

Dealing with the IED Threat

03/06/2017  Video:Dealing with the IED Threat ...   Read More >>

The Nuclear Enterprise

03/05/2017  Video:The Nuclear Enterprise ...   Read More >>

F-35Cs Arrive at Lemoore Naval Air Station

02/27/2017  The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings and joint task forces.   Read More >>

EOD Mission

02/26/2017  Video:EOD Mission ...   Read More >>

Ocean Explorer Aero-Medical Training

02/26/2017  Video:Ocean Explorer Aero-Medical Training ...   Read More >>

RAAF C-130J at Exercise Red Flag

02/21/2017  Credit:RAAF C-130J at Exercise Red Flag ...   Read More >>

The Strategic Shift to Deal with Border Security

02/20/2017  Video :The Strategic Shift to Deal with Border Security ...   Read More >>

U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General Joint Statement

02/20/2017  Video:U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General Joint Statement ...   Read More >>

USN-USMC Team in the Indo-Pac AOR

02/19/2017  Video :USN-USMC Team in the Indo-Pac AOR ...   Read More >>

Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017

02/18/2017  Slideshow:Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017 ...   Read More >>

Ballistic Missile Intercept via SM-3

02/15/2017  Video:Ballistic Missile Intercept via SM-3 ...   Read More >>

Damage Control Exercises as Important Part of Crew Readiness in Operations

02/10/2017  Video: Damage Control Exercises as Important Part of Crew Readiness in Operations ...   Read More >>

F-35B Refueling

02/07/2017  Video:F-35B Refueling ...   Read More >>

A Ukrainian Power Plant Under Cyber Attack

02/05/2017  Video:A Ukrainian Power Plant Under Cyber Attack ...   Read More >>

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The Arrival in Australia of the First Australian F-35s

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

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The next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus one building fifth generation integrated forces will be held on April 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia.

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Defense & Security Publications

Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense

This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.

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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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Rethinking China Policy

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

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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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