09/01/2015 – Fifth generation is not evolutionary; it is about disruptive change.
Who knows where we'll end up with the F-35 fleet and what its really capable of until we work through its interactive modernization with the other key pieces in our transforming combat capability. ...
08/31/2015 – The basic shift is one where Air Mobility Group functions largely as a garage storing tanking and lift assets which transport and fuel assets to its engagement in a much broader role in the battlespace and with it its ability to engage with and support ground, air and naval forces.
It is about the transformation of jointness. ...
08/30/2015 – Plan Jericho really is about the transformation of jointness and finding ways for the integration of the new platforms into a more effective force.
It is about looking carefully at which platforms should do what in the joint battlespace and then to modernize those aspects of the platforms most appropriate for the desired combat effect.
It is about training the RAAF team and learning how best to adapt the maintenance culture to what new platforms bring to operations. ...
08/29/2015 – If we would characterize the mantra of Plan Jericho, it is about changing the way we fight.
We're incremental, we're about war fighting effectiveness, and we're about changing combat approaches driven by rethinking concepts of operations..
08/29/2015 – F-22s and F-35s do not operate as do legacy aircraft and the Greek chorus of critics on the F-35 and the fifth generation transition simply blow past this combat reality.
We will publish a series of interviews from Australia where the Royal Australian Air Force discuss their operations with F-22s as well in their transition to operating their own fifth generation aircraft..
This report looks at the services and the allies as they prepare to introduce the F-35 and to begin to transform their airpower capabilities....Download PDF Now>>
09/01/2015 This interview with the Chief of Staff of the RAAF discusses operations in Iraq, and the way ahead for the RAAF. Read More >>
08/31/2015 Australia’s newest military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element, is preparing to demonstrate its capacity. Read More >>
08/30/2015 In this interview with the Air Commander Australia, shaping a more effective and lethal combat force is the focus of attention. Read More >>
08/29/2015 In the Spring of 2012, Harald Malmgren wrote about the coming Chinese hard economic landing which anticipated current events. Read More >>
08/29/2015 The RAAF is bringing the boom into operation as demonstrated by a recent KC-30A refueling of another KC-30A. Read More >>
08/28/2015 Where do you find cutting edge thinking DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC about the impact of fifth generation airpower on changing the entire approach to combat operations? ... Read More >>
08/27/2015 Video:HMAS Perth Docks for Maintenance ... Read More >>
08/26/2015 In an interview with William Wesley, who works partnerships for PACFLEET, the way ahead in working collective security and defense in the Pacific is the focus of attention. Read More >>
08/25/2015 Video:PACFLEET Commander Discusses the Pacific ... Read More >>
08/25/2015 "Our RED FLAG exercise is different than Nellis' mostly due to terrain and space available." ... Read More >>
08/25/2015 The Navy is building the Elevated Causeway System-Modular (ELCAS-M) on Anzio Beach at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story through September 2015. Read More >>
08/25/2015 It is now time, even if Fox missed the opportunity, to ask what will the next President do to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs? ... Read More >>
08/24/2015 PACFLEET is focused on shaping a more effective force, one which can operate over an extended battlespace. Read More >>
08/22/2015 Deputy MARFORPAC highlighted USMC and USN efforts in their evolving approach to shaping a coalition among amphibious nations in the Pacific. Read More >>
08/22/2015 The B provides significant strategic advantages to having to rely on fixed airfields, as is being discovered by the USAF operating off of Turkish airfields. Read More >>
08/22/2015 A major shift is underway as well with the Navy and Marine Corps looking to distribute forces over the Pacific. Read More >>
08/18/2015 The Indian fighter deal is in flux again. Read More >>
08/18/2015 PACFLEET’s Director of Maritime Operations provides an overview on the way ahead. Read More >>
09/01/2015 Slideshow:USS Antietam Operations in TS 2015 ... Read More >>
08/31/2015 Video:E-7A Wedgetail's contribution to OP OKRA ... Read More >>
08/31/2015 Video:VMU-2 RQ-7B Shadow Familiarization flight ... Read More >>
08/29/2015 Second Line of Defense has visited Williamtown in 2014 and 2015. Read More >>
08/28/2015 Video:USS Theodore Roosevelt Night Flight Operations ... Read More >>
08/27/2015 Slideshow:US Coast Guard Trains with Canadian Navy ... Read More >>
08/25/2015 Video:SPMAGTF-SC Marines board CH-53E ... Read More >>
08/25/2015 The ELCAS-M can be built out to 3,000 feet and can be configured to accommodate the ships needed to support an operation. Read More >>
08/23/2015 Slideshow:MSC Resupply of USS Essex ... Read More >>
08/20/2015 Credit:Harrier Take Off ... Read More >>
08/19/2015 Slideshow:Marines Fly Over Northern Mariana Islands ... Read More >>
08/18/2015 Video:Marines, Osprey Participate in Spanish Air Festival ... Read More >>
08/17/2015 Video:Harriers Practice Short Takeoff and Vertical Landings at Sea ... Read More >>
08/17/2015 Video:CH-46E Final Flight ... Read More >>
08/16/2015 Video:MV-22 Osprey Lands on French Naval Ship ... Read More >>
08/14/2015 Video:B-2s Practice Hot-Pit Refueling ... Read More >>
08/11/2015 Video:U-2 Dragon Ladies landing at RAF Fairford ... Read More >>
08/08/2015 Video:U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Soldiers Practice MV-22 External Cargo Lifts ... Read More >>
08/05/2015 Slideshow:USS Theodore Roosevelt Operations ... Read More >>
08/03/2015 Video:Crescent Reach 15 ... Read More >>
08/01/2015 Video:3rd MAW Ospreys In Support of Insertion Force ... Read More >>
07/30/2015 Video:Fueling Partnerships: U.S. Marines, Spanish Pilots Test Aerial-Refueling Capabilities ... Read More >>
07/27/2015 Video:2nd Division Centenary Parade ... Read More >>
07/27/2015 Video:USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Operate with Malaysian Royal Navy ... Read More >>
07/26/2015 Slideshow:Thunderbirds Fly over Niagara Falls ... Read More >>
06/19/2015 – F-35s from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Being Air Refueled ...Read More>>
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The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), a NATO Centre of Excellence, is holding its 2015 Air and Space Power Conference in Essen, Germany from 23 – 25 November.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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