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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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Fifth Generation Air C2 and ISR

01/20/2018  RAAF and RNLAF will have to look critically at how we operate, and apply new concepts.   Read More >>

The USS Wasp Comes to Japan: “Amphibiosity” Gets a Makeover

01/19/2018  The USS Wasp and its crew along with any embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit is a key part of the next cycle of American combat innovation.   Read More >>

21st Century Military Power: Changing the Hard and Soft Power Calculus

01/19/2018  To be blunt, the distinction which Joe Nye suggested between hard and soft power is being changed by the military revolution.   Read More >>

SAREX 2017: Royal Canadian Air Force

01/19/2018  SAREX 2017 with the Royal Canadian Air Force.   Read More >>

Visiting Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach Facility: The Role of the Ground Test Vehicle in the Coming of the CH-53K

01/17/2018  Because the K is a software upgradeable aircraft, the GTV has been a key part of evolving the software onboard the maturing aircraft.   Read More >>

Captain Howard on the Arrival of the USS Wasp in Japan

01/17/2018  Captain Howard on the Arrival of the USS Wasp in Japan ...   Read More >>

The Sally B in 2017: An Update

01/15/2018  Elly Sallingboe provides an update on the Sally B in 2017.   Read More >>

Trump’s Security Strategy Balances Counterproliferation, Nuclear Modernization, and Missile Defenses

01/15/2018  Trump’s NSS does not reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the short term or envisage a nuclear-free world in the long run.   Read More >>

Necessity and Proportionality Beyond the Nuclear Threshold

01/11/2018  The nuclear threshold is in play.  

Textron Scorpion Collaborates with U.S. AFRL on AgilePod Program

01/10/2018  Todd Miller discusses the Mini-AgilePod and its importance to USAF innovation.   Read More >>

Trump’s National Security Strategy: Positioning the US In the 21st Century Global Game

01/10/2018  The conceptual framework of the NSS highlights the competitive nature of 21st century global politics.   Read More >>

Indian Navy Wants the Latest Technologies for its Future Aircraft Carriers

01/09/2018  The Indian Navy is thinking through the systems to be integrated onto their next carrier.   Read More >>

Sea Ceptor Test Firings Completed: A 21st Century Air Defense Capability at Sea

01/09/2018  The Sea Ceptor brings a new capability to the Royal Navy.   Read More >>

Russia’s Latest Steps In the Mediterranean

01/09/2018  Stephen Blank describes evolving Russian capabilities in the Mediterranean and the challenge they post to NATO.   Read More >>

Trump, "Shock and Awe" and Europeans

01/07/2018  Trump’s style is one of shock and awe with regard to the political system and has without any doubt shocked allies of the Untied States.   Read More >>

Shaping a 21st Century Deterrence in Depth Strategy: The Role of ADA

01/06/2018  Brigadier General Randall McIntire looks at the evolving role of ADA in the joint and coalition force.   Read More >>

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Osprey in Aero-Medical Research

01/20/2018  Video:Osprey in Aero-Medical Research ...  

F-35 Icy Runway Testing

01/20/2018  Video:F-35 Icy Runway Testing ...  

USAF Bombers Deploy to UK

01/18/2018  Video:USAF Bombers Deploy to UK ...  

The F-35 Enabled USS Wasp Arrives in Japan

01/17/2018  Video:The F-35 Enabled USS Wasp Arrives in Japan ...   Read More >>

USS America Departs Guam

01/17/2018  Video:USS America Departs Guam ...  

NATO Year in Review: 2018

01/17/2018  Video:NATO Year in Review: 2018 ...  

HMAS Warramunga Drug Interdiction in Arabian Sea

01/17/2018  Video:HMAS Warramunga Drug Interdiction in Arabian Sea ...   Read More >>

KC-10 Refueling F-22s Over Iraq

01/15/2018  F-22s have become part of the regular air combat force in the Middle East for the US and the allies.   Read More >>

Flightline Shelters Construction in the Middle East 

01/12/2018  This video highlights building shelters in the Middle East for RAAF combat aircraft.   Read More >>

Memphis Belle-Restoration Update Jan. 2018

01/10/2018  Video:Memphis Belle-Restoration Update Jan. 2018 ...  

1 MEF 2017 Year in Review

01/08/2018  Video:1 MEF 2017 Year in Review ...   Read More >>

ROV Training

01/08/2018  Video:ROV Training ...  

Angel Thunder 18-1

01/05/2018  Slideshow:Angel Thunder 18-1 ...  

CV-22 Overview

01/03/2018  Video:CV-22 Overview ...  

Reconnaissance Team Leader Course

01/01/2018  Slideshow:Reconnaissance Team Leader Course ...  

C5-M Explained

12/23/2017  Video:C5-M Explained ...  

Tactical Decision Kit System

12/22/2017  Video:Tactical Decision Kit System ...  

Hot Refuel Pit Test on KC-130J

12/21/2017  Video:Hot Refuel Pit Test on KC-130J ...   Read More >>

Osprey Hoist

12/17/2017  Video:Osprey Hoist ...  

1st MEB and ESG 3 Amphibious Operations

12/15/2017  Video:1st MEB and ESG 3 Amphibious Operations ...   Read More >>

Exercise Active Shield: US and Japanese Forces Train to Protect Iwakuni  

12/12/2017  Video:Exercise Active Shield: US and Japanese Forces Train to Protect Iwakuni ...   Read More >>

Marine Corps Sunsetting the Prowler

12/10/2017  Video:Marine Corps Sunsetting the Prowler ...  

HMH-463 Prepares for a Contested Environment

12/07/2017  Video:HMH-463 Prepares for a Contested Environment ...   Read More >>

F-35B at Iwakuni

12/05/2017  Video:F-35B at Iwakuni ...  

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An Overview on WTI 1-18

11/28/2017 –  A video overview on the latest WTI course at USMC Air Station Yuma.Read More>>


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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

Adapting ASW Skill Sets

This article published in Front Line Defence, Issue 5, 2017 looks at the 12th Wing Shearwater and its evolving approach to ASW.

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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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Danish Defense Modernization

This article published in Front Line Defence, Issue 5, 2017 looks at Denmark’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.

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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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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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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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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 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.

Download the PDF version of the full publication here>>

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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