04/30/2016 – While the USAF is still waiting for its first new tanker, the Aussies are starting the process of shaping Tanker 2.0.
The RAAF is shaping an approach to the tanker as a key combat asset in the integrated battlespace..
04/29/2016 – Lossie is a key operating base for Typhoon and Tornado, and as such is supported by aircraft from other bases, notably from Brize-Norton where the lift and tanker fleet is based.
The rapid deployment of the Typhoon from Lossie to the Middle East after the Parliament vote authorizing RAF participation, the Typhoons rapidly deployed to Cyprus with the A400M taking the required support materiel along with the Typhoons for the forward engagement..
04/28/2016 – When you are at Lossie you are clearly in the center of the 2 O’ Clock threat envelope, which for the Brits is clearly about the defense of their homeland.
04/22/2016 – "Put in simple terms, we need to shape a more integrated air and maritime force that can operate to defend the maritime and air approaches to North America as well as North America itself.
We can look at the evolving threat as a ten o'clock and a two o'clock fight, because they originate from the ten and two."
04/19/2016 – The new Special Report focuses on the rethink and rework being done in Australia with regard to what they call “fifth generation” enabled combat operations..
A key part of this is the Army’s reworking of the joint ground combat force..
What is clear is that the Aussies are at the cutting edge of the rethink of how to reshape an integrated 21st century force.Download PDF Now>>
04/23/2016 The Brexit debate is heating up. Read More >>
04/23/2016 One can be sure the Danish government loves having Boeing appeal over the heads of the government to the Danish voters! ... Read More >>
04/21/2016 April 23, 2016, will mark the four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. Read More >>
04/19/2016 The Chief of Staff of the Australian Army charts the way ahead for the joint land combat force. Read More >>
04/16/2016 Brigadier General Mills looks at re-shaping the template of joint land operations. Read More >>
04/15/2016 "The C2 system is the potential handbrake in a modern networked force" ... Read More >>
04/14/2016 2016 is a year of political disorder in many nations. ... Read More >>
04/13/2016 The head of the RAAF's Surveillance Response Group discusses its changing role as multi-domain integration transforms the force. Read More >>
04/11/2016 The Wedgetail is a key capability going forward for the ADF, and not just in an air-to-air role. Read More >>
04/09/2016 Will the USAF seize the opportunity of leveraging the working relationship with the F-35 on sustainment? ... Read More >>
04/09/2016 UK carriers will provide key centerpieces for any extended defense of the homeland via modular integration with other allied forces. Read More >>
04/08/2016 The long-festering trade issue has exploded into a political firestorm in the U.S. presidential campaign, becoming the central point of debate. Read More >>
04/08/2016 The Military Sealift Command is the crucial logistical lynch pin of the sea services, without which the United States would not have an effective maritime combat force. Read More >>
04/07/2016 The Commander of the Air Mobility Group focused on their efforts to shape a joint workspace with the Army and Navy. Read More >>
04/07/2016 The Air Commander Australia focuses on the way ahead leveraging their recent experience and anticipating the coming of fifth generation capabilities. Read More >>
04/06/2016 The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now. Read More >>
04/27/2016 Slideshow:Refueling at Sea: Carrier Refuels Destroyer in the Pacific ... Read More >>
04/25/2016 Slideshow:Exercise Sky Soldier 16 ... Read More >>
04/20/2016 Video:Time-Lapse of Vertical Replenishment to USS Boxer ... Read More >>
04/18/2016 Video:USS Boxer Takes on Food and Supplies During a Replenishment-at-Sea ... Read More >>
04/15/2016 Video:USS Boxer Tanked by MSC at Sea ... Read More >>
04/12/2016 Slideshow:Ready to Respond for Domestic or Overseas Missions: C-130Hs at the 179th AW ... Read More >>
04/08/2016 Video:AH-1Z Super Cobra Aboard USS Boxer Flight Deck ... Read More >>
04/06/2016 Video:F-35 Prepares to Fly With Heritage Aircraft ... Read More >>
04/05/2016 Video:The 104th Fighter Wing Deploys to Iceland ... Read More >>
04/05/2016 Video:Cope North Rescue Training ... Read More >>
04/01/2016 Video:Australian Army Exercises for Joint Fires ... Read More >>
04/01/2016 Video:CH-53 Sea Stallion Helicopter Approaches the Flight Deck ... Read More >>
03/29/2016 Video:Marine AAVs drift on Norwegian ice track ... Read More >>
03/25/2016 Video:USNS Montford Point in Exercise Ssang Young 16 Seen in A Time-Lapse Sequence ... Read More >>
03/25/2016 Slideshow:Practicing the TRAP Mission with the Osprey ... Read More >>
03/24/2016 Video:Exercise Ssang Yong 2016 ... Read More >>
03/23/2016 Video:C-17 Lands for First Time at Bryant Army Airfield in Alaska ... Read More >>
03/23/2016 Slideshow:Aussies in Antarctica ... Read More >>
03/20/2016 Video:Part of the Deterrence in Depth: Patriot Prepares in South Korea ... Read More >>
03/17/2016 Video:USAF Support to Marines During Cold Response Exercise ... Read More >>
03/15/2016 Video:Nighttime F-35 Training Sortie at Luke AFB ... Read More >>
03/14/2016 Video:USCG Hercules In Rescue Effort at Sea ... Read More >>
03/14/2016 Video:Field Life during Cold Response 16 ... Read More >>
03/11/2016 Video:U.S. Marines During Cold Response 16 ... Read More >>
03/10/2016 Video:Cold Response 2016: Norwegian Troops in the Exercise ... Read More >>
03/09/2016 Video:NATO Forces in Central Norway ... Read More >>
The Italians fly the first F-35 across the Atlantic....Read More>>
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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.
The Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force
The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
In a piece published in the first issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the significance and challenge for modern fleet logistics is the focus of attention.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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