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North European and North Atlantic Defense: The Challenges Return

This Special Report looks at innovations in the region and how these innovations might inform transformation of the forces of the liberal democracies in dealing with the illiberal powers.Download PDF Now>>

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Flying the Scorpion

11/24/2017  Todd Miller had a chance to fly on the Scorpion aircraft and provides us with a report.   Read More >>

F-35As Arrive in Japan

11/21/2017  F-35As have come to Japan augment regional deterrence.   Read More >>

Australian CEA Radar for the British Surface Fleet?

11/21/2017  With the British and Australians launching frigate build outs and the US contemplating one, why not combine efforts? ...   Read More >>

Remaining VMFA-121 F-35Bs Arrive in Japan

11/21/2017  Remaining VMFA-121 F-35Bs Arrive in Japan ...   Read More >>

The 305th Air Mobility Wing; Enabler of Air Force Global Reach

11/20/2017  Todd Miller reports based on his recent experience onboard a KC-10.   Read More >>

Assessing the Russian-US Agreement on Syria

11/17/2017  The Trump Administration moves ahead working with the Russians.   Read More >>

In Swedish Exercise Aurora 17 Finland Steps Up its Level of Cooperation

11/16/2017  For the Finns it is crucial that Sweden is able to control and secure Gotland in a time of crisis, let alone a time of war.   Read More >>

Europe: Illusions and Reality

11/16/2017  Dr. Malmgren analyzes the European transition.  

KC-30A Inspection During Operation Okra

11/16/2017  The KC-30A MRTT forms part of the Air Task Group (ATG) and is deployed on Operation OKRA.   Read More >>

3 Carrier Exercise in Western Pacific

11/15/2017  For the first time in a decade, three U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) coordinated operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.   Read More >>

Bringing the Future Forward: Accelerating U.S. and Allied Combat Power

11/15/2017  General Novotny provides an ACC perspective on shaping a way forward for the air combat force.   Read More >>

The F-35 Final Assembly Line Ramps Up: Digital Thread Manufacturing and Design-Manufacturing-Sustainment Learning Curve

11/14/2017  Don Kinard provides an update on progress on the final assembly line at Fort Worth, a unique digital thread manufacturing facility.   Read More >>

Windy Debut for Norwegian F-35s at Ørland Air Station

11/13/2017  Norway's first three F-35s were formally welcomed home on Friday 10 November.   Read More >>

The Coming of the CH-53K: A Test Pilot’s Perspective

11/13/2017  The shift from the E to the K is not simply a shift in the last letter.   Read More >>

First Cameri Produced F-35B Takes Initial Flight

11/12/2017  The first flight for a foreign built F-35B has been completed in Italy.   Read More >>

Shaping a More Effective Deterrent Capability: NATO Modernizes Its Command Structure:

11/11/2017  NATO is modernizing its command structure to enhance deterrence in Europe.   Read More >>

Putting the Niger Ambush Into Perspective

11/10/2017  The Niger Ambush puts the fight against Islamic terrorists into perspective.   Read More >>

In Brief

HIMARS at Sea 360 Degree View

11/25/2017  Video:HIMARS at Sea 360 Degree View ...   Read More >>

Australia Retiring P-3s as P-8s Arrive

11/25/2017  Slideshow:Australia Retiring P-3s as P-8s Arrive ...   Read More >>

F-22s in European Training

11/24/2017  Video:F-22s in European Training ...  

NATO Submarine Rescue System

11/22/2017  Video:NATO Submarine Rescue System ...  

26th MEU Flight Ops onboard USS Iwo Jima

11/22/2017  Video:26th MEU Flight Ops onboard USS Iwo Jima ...   Read More >>


11/21/2017  Video:Exercise CHILEMAR VI ...  

The Evolving Marine Corps Operating Concept

11/20/2017  Video:The Evolving Marine Corps Operating Concept ...   Read More >>

F-35 at Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo

11/19/2017  Video:F-35 at Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo ...   Read More >>

F-22 at Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo

11/18/2017  Video:F-22 at Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo ...   Read More >>

USS Gerald R. Ford Flight Operations (2)

11/17/2017  Video:USS Gerald R. Ford Flight Operations (2) ...   Read More >>

USS Gerald R. Ford Flight Operations

11/16/2017  Video:USS Gerald R. Ford Flight Operations ...   Read More >>

Norwegians, Brazilians and USMC at Bold Alligator 2017

11/15/2017  Video:Norwegians, Brazilians and USMC at Bold Alligator 2017 ...   Read More >>

MAGTF Fuel Farmers

11/15/2017  Video:MAGTF Fuel Farmers ...  

3 Carrier Exercise in Western Pacific (2)

11/15/2017  Video:3 Carrier Exercise in Western Pacific (2) ...   Read More >>

External Lifts for the Osprey

11/11/2017  Video: External Lifts for the Osprey ...   Read More >>

Exercise Dawn Blitz 2017

11/09/2017  Video:Exercise Dawn Blitz 2017 ...  

ACC Commander Interview at Moody AFB

11/08/2017  Video:ACC Commander Interview at Moody AFB ...   Read More >>

F-22 Air Refueling over Iraq

11/07/2017  F-22 is on regular rotation to CENTCOM.   Read More >>

521st Air Mobility Ops Wing

11/05/2017  Video:521st Air Mobility Ops Wing ...  

Exercise Southern Katipo 2017

11/05/2017  Video:Exercise Southern Katipo 2017 ...  

French Desert Commando Course 2017

11/01/2017  Video:French Desert Commando Course 2017 ...  

Deck Landing Qualifications Onboard the USS Essex

10/30/2017  Video:Deck Landing Qualifications Onboard the USS Essex ...   Read More >>

The Aviation Element Within the MAGTF

10/30/2017  Video:The Aviation Element Within the MAGTF from the perspective of WTI training.   Read More >>

Bold Alligator 17

10/28/2017  Video:Bold Alligator 17 ...  

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F-22 Air Refueling over Iraq

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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 next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus on the evolution and significance of electronic warfare for a 21st century integrated combat force. It will be held August 23, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT.

A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare in Australia. 

Defense & Security Publications

Denmarks Eyeing Russia Looks to 20% Defense Spending Boost: What it Means

“Denmark faces more serious threats than in any other period following the fall of the Berlin Wall.” In this Breaking Defense article published on November 17, 2017 the Danish approach is discussed. 

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The Future of Electronic Warfare

This special report looks at the future of electronic warfare from the perspective of the participants in a Williams Foundation seminar on the subject.

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Northern European and North Atlantic Defense: The Challenges Return

This special report looks at the evolving North Atlantic and Nordic defense situation.

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Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense

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

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The Maritime Services, the Allies and Shaping the Kill Web

The report highlights the transformation approach being crafted to build, deploy and develop an integrated 21st century combat force able to operate as a kill web.

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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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Rethinking China Policy

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

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Integrated Air and Missile Defence Study: The Challenge of Integrated Force Design

This Williams Foundation Report examines IAMD as a case study of how one might design an integrated force by design rather than doing so post-acquisition of platforms.

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Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?

In this report, the major presentations and discussions at the Williams Foundation seminar on integrated force design held on April 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia are highlighted along with interviews conducted before, during and after the seminar as well.

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Levearge and Learning from Allied Forces 

By leveraging extant allied programs and capabilities which if adopted by the US forces would save money but even more importantly ramp up the operational capability of the US forces and their ability to work with allies in the shortest time possible.

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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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Norway Shaping Its 21st Century Defence

This article published in Front Line Defence, Vol. 14, No 2., 2017 looks at Norway’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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