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The Coming of the F-35: The Services and Partners Get Ready

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.

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Relooking at the Tanker Market After the Airbus Win in South Korea

08/04/2015  The South Korean decision brings to 62 the total number of A330 MRTTs either on order or delivered, with ten users.   Read More >>

The Defense Contract Management Agency’s Role in the F-35 Roll Out

08/03/2015  “The F-35 program is the major leagues, and pressure is part of the job when you’re in the majors." ...   Read More >>

Building an 8,000-Hour Tactical Aircraft: 21st Century Materials Technology

08/03/2015  One of the most overlooked features in the current discussion of the F-35 aircraft is that it was designed from the start with an additional 2000 hours of service.   Read More >>

Europe Reconsidering Itself

08/03/2015  The integrity of the European project is threatened by both the Greek crisis and by Russian pressures.   Read More >>

The Next Phase for the Osprey: Shaping a Global Multi-Mission Combat Asset

08/02/2015  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.   Read More >>

Next Steps in NATO Missile Defense

08/02/2015  What is next for NATO missiles defense, in light of the proposed Iran agreement and Russian aggression? ...   Read More >>

Preparing for the Next Phase of Asset Transparency: Global Operationally Sustainment Chains

08/01/2015  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 force.   Read More >>

First Flight of F-35 With Australian Vertical Tails

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 >>

Shaping a 21st Century Approach to Logistics: The DLA Aviation Approach

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 >>

The Last Flight of the Q-F4: The F-4 No Longer Drones On

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 >>

The Re-Norming of Airpower: The Eurofighter Contribution

07/25/2015  The modernization of the Typhoon is a key part of the British approach to re-norming airpower.   Read More >>

Next Steps for the A400M: French Air Force Validates Paratroop Operations

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 >>

70th RAF Squadron Receives New Standard, and New Aircraft

07/24/2015  LXX Squadron receives a new standard and will operate the A400M.   Read More >>

The “Rude Rams” Return as an F-35 Squadron

07/23/2015  The F-35 has come to Hill AFB and with it the reactivation of the "Rude Rams." ...   Read More >>

Aussie Tigers Fly in Talisman 2015 Exercise

07/20/2015  Tigers flying with Ospreys provide a very deadly combination of assault capabilities.   Read More >>

The New Australian Chief of Staff of the Air Force Focuses on the Way Ahead

07/20/2015  The new Chief of Staff of the RAAF focuses on the way ahead.   Read More >>

Odyssey Dawn: Looking Back at the Air Campaign

07/19/2015  The US military is more capable of conducting insertion operations than the political and civilian leadership is of determining the objectives.   Read More >>

In Brief

Crescent Reach 15

08/03/2015  Video:Crescent Reach 15 ...   Read More >>

3rd MAW Ospreys In Support of Insertion Force

08/01/2015  Video:3rd MAW Ospreys In Support of Insertion Force ...   Read More >>

Fueling Partnerships: U.S. Marines, Spanish Pilots Test Aerial-Refueling Capabilities

07/30/2015  Video:Fueling Partnerships: U.S. Marines, Spanish Pilots Test Aerial-Refueling Capabilities ...   Read More >>

2nd Division Centenary Parade

07/27/2015  Video:2nd Division Centenary Parade ...   Read More >>

USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Operate with Malaysian Royal Navy

07/27/2015  Video:USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Operate with Malaysian Royal Navy ...   Read More >>

Thunderbirds Fly over Niagara Falls

07/26/2015  Slideshow:Thunderbirds Fly over Niagara Falls ...   Read More >>

KC-130J Training for SP-MAGTF

07/25/2015  Slideshow:KC-130J Training for SP-MAGTF ...   Read More >>

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46

07/23/2015  Video:Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46 ...   Read More >>

Night Vision Fuel Transport

07/20/2015  Video:Night Vision Fuel Transport in support of Operation Inherent Resolve ...   Read More >>

F-35 Four Ship Take Offs and Landing at Eglin AFB

07/18/2015  Video:F-35 Four Ship Take Offs and Landing at Eglin AFB ...   Read More >>

Talisman Sabre 2015 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System

07/17/2015  Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System ...   Read More >>

C-17 Fuel Transport

07/17/2015  Video:C-17 Fuel Transport in support of Operation Inherent Resolve ...   Read More >>

Coast Guard Cutter Healy Arctic Cruise 2015

07/16/2015  Slideshow:Coast Guard Cutter Healy Arctic Cruise 2015 ...   Read More >>

Aerial View of Amphibious Landing

07/16/2015  Video:Aerial View of Amphibious Landing ...   Read More >>

CV-22 Tilt-Rotor Air-to-Air Refueling Mission (2)

07/15/2015  Video:CV-22 Tilt-Rotor Air-to-Air Refueling mission ...   Read More >>

Talisman Sabre 2015 Amphibious Assault Landing Part II

07/15/2015  Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 Amphibious Assault Landing Part II ...   Read More >>

Amphibious Assault at Fog Bay

07/14/2015  Video:Amphibious Assault at Fog Bay ...   Read More >>

Talisman Sabre 2015 Amphibious Assault Landing

07/14/2015  Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 Amphibious Assault Landing ...   Read More >>

Setting Up a Perimeter After a Sea-Based Insertion

07/13/2015  Slideshow:Setting Up a Perimeter After a Sea-Based Insertion ...   Read More >>

CV-22 Tilt-Rotor Air-to-Air Refueling (1)

07/13/2015  Video:CV-22 Tilt-Rotor Air-to-Air Refueling (1) ...   Read More >>

Talisman Sabre 2015 V-22 Aerial Insert

07/13/2015  Video:Talisman Sabre 2015 V-22 Aerial Insert ...   Read More >>

Change of Command for RAAF

07/12/2015  Video:Change of Command for RAAF ...   Read More >>

USS Green Bay Docks in Darwin for Talisman Saber 15

07/12/2015  Credit:USS Green Bay Docks in Darwin for Talisman Saber 15 ...   Read More >>

VMM-162 Reinforced Conducts Air Delivery Ground Refuling

07/11/2015  Video:VMM-162 Reinforced Conducts Air Delivery Ground Refuling ...   Read More >>

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Air Refueling of F-35s

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Tron Warfare

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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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JFQ

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 Italian facility can both final assemble and provide a basis for opening a maintenance facility or hub for the F-35. It is sized and equipped to achieve a full rate of 24 aircraft /year within 3 years (2016) to accommodate ITALY + NETHERLANDS deliveries. Credit Photo: Lockheed Martin

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.

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OD in Cockpit

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

 

Arctic Grid

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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Weapons Enterprise

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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Renorming

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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