07/27/2015 – The Osprey is entering the next phase of its development, a multi-mission phase.
With the attractiveness of the capability demonstrated, allies wish to buy the plane.
It is crucial to enhance the ability to globally sustain the aircraft to ensure a smooth and successful transition to the next phase of Osprey global operations. ...
07/27/2015 – There is clear concern with the cost and operational capabilities of sending older Hornets to depots because of the challenge of dealing with significant corrosion in those airframes.
One of the most overlooked features in the current discussion of the F-35 aircraft, which will soon be declared to have achieved Initial Operational Capability, is the fact that it was designed from the start with an additional 2000 hours of service.
07/23/2015 – The integrity of the European project is threatened by both the Greek crisis and by Russian pressures.
The Greek crisis remains unresolved, and the political differences over the strategic direction of Europe have deepened, both among nations and within them.
Germany seems stuck in an unresolvable dilemma: a failing intimate Russian relationship on one side and on the other side demands by an economically and politically faltering array of EU seeking the shift of German wealth to the European Commonwealth.
07/20/2015 – The transformation of military logistics which has happened in part due to RFID and the IT systems, which can leverage RFID, is a good start.
But the next frontier is about mastering the production-operations sustainment cycle, and to do so when adversaries are doing their best to isolate and kill your forces. ...
07/19/2015 – The operation showed the limits laid down by the political leadership, and the absolute significance of reworking how civilians approach the use of airpower in the period ahead.
The US military is more capable of conducting insertion operations than the political and civilian leadership is of determining the objectives.
Indeed, one can argue that the greatest strategic gap is shaping a strategic elite, which actually is one. ...
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>>
07/27/2015 On July 17, 2015, the first F-35 possessing two vertical tails manufactured by Australian-based engineering company, Marand, took flight. Read More >>
07/27/2015 In this interview with Charles Lilli, the evolving approach of DLA to shape more effective sustainment strategies is the focus of attention. Read More >>
07/27/2015 The last 82nd Aerial Target Squadron QF-4 Phantom on Tyndall Air Force Base does a final take off on July 24, 2015. Read More >>
07/25/2015 The modernization of the Typhoon is a key part of the British approach to re-norming airpower. Read More >>
07/24/2015 In a first for the French Air Force (FAF), on July 16, 2015, 91 paratroopers jumped from the rear of an A400M in flight. Read More >>
07/24/2015 LXX Squadron receives a new standard and will operate the A400M. Read More >>
07/23/2015 The F-35 has come to Hill AFB and with it the reactivation of the "Rude Rams." ... Read More >>
07/20/2015 Tigers flying with Ospreys provide a very deadly combination of assault capabilities. Read More >>
07/20/2015 The new Chief of Staff of the RAAF focuses on the way ahead. Read More >>
07/19/2015 One good way to remember the Battle of Britain and the RAF is to fund the modernization of the RAF for 21st century operations, by no means a certainty. Read More >>
07/18/2015 The latest Mission Impossible film will introduce the A400M to the viewing public. Read More >>
07/18/2015 In a video produced by the 33rd Fighter Wing, a day in the life of the Academic Training Center for the F-35 pilots and maintainers is highlighted. Read More >>
07/18/2015 The US Air Force is conducting Red Flag 15-3 from July 13-31. Read More >>
07/17/2015 The modifications allow for an expanded operational envelope for the Eurofighter. Read More >>
07/17/2015 South Korea has announced a decision to buy 4 Airbus tankers and Australia is buying two more.. Read More >>
07/17/2015 The best way to remember and honor those who have come before is to strive for excellence and to innovate going forward in shaping dominant combat forces. Read More >>
07/16/2015 With the Aussies, Singapore and South Korea all buying the Airbus tankers, the Airbus tanker fleet will become a key lynchpin for extended air operations in the region. Read More >>
07/16/2015 In this video, the RAF and the Dutch are seen during some operational training at the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB. 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 >>
07/25/2015 Slideshow:KC-130J Training for SP-MAGTF ... Read More >>
07/23/2015 Video:Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46 ... Read More >>
07/20/2015 Video:Night Vision Fuel Transport in support of Operation Inherent Resolve ... Read More >>
07/18/2015 Video:F-35 Four Ship Take Offs and Landing at Eglin AFB ... Read More >>
07/17/2015 Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System ... Read More >>
07/17/2015 Video:C-17 Fuel Transport in support of Operation Inherent Resolve ... Read More >>
07/16/2015 Slideshow:Coast Guard Cutter Healy Arctic Cruise 2015 ... Read More >>
07/16/2015 Video:Aerial View of Amphibious Landing ... Read More >>
07/15/2015 Video:CV-22 Tilt-Rotor Air-to-Air Refueling mission ... Read More >>
07/15/2015 Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 Amphibious Assault Landing Part II ... Read More >>
07/14/2015 Video:Amphibious Assault at Fog Bay ... Read More >>
07/14/2015 Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 Amphibious Assault Landing ... Read More >>
07/13/2015 Slideshow:Setting Up a Perimeter After a Sea-Based Insertion ... Read More >>
07/13/2015 Video:CV-22 Tilt-Rotor Air-to-Air Refueling (1) ... Read More >>
07/13/2015 Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 V-22 Aerial Insert ... Read More >>
07/12/2015 Video:Change of Command for RAAF ... Read More >>
07/12/2015 Credit:USS Green Bay Docks in Darwin for Talisman Saber 15 ... Read More >>
07/11/2015 Video:VMM-162 Reinforced Conducts Air Delivery Ground Refuling ... Read More >>
07/09/2015 Video:Coordinating Air Power at Emerald Warrior 2015 ... Read More >>
07/08/2015 Video:CV-22 Infiltration and Exfiltration Emerald Warrior 2015 ... Read More >>
06/19/2015 – F-35s from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Being Air Refueled ...Read More>>
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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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