09/02/2014 – Under Xi, domestic stability and war avoidance remain guiding principles, but a more aggressive assertion of sovereignty over Chinese territory is encouraged..
It has become evident that some senior Chinese have been closely attentive to the evident agility of President Putin and the slow pace of President Obama to multiple Russian probes in differing geographic locations. ...
09/01/2014 – PM Tony Abbott has referred to the the jihadist group a "death cult" involved in ethnic cleansing.
Backing up his words, the RAAF has been flying missions to provide humanitarian relief to the human targets of ISIS.
This has led to the RAAF already coming under fire in Iraq from ISIS forces.
09/01/2014 – This article provides an update on Indian naval activities over the past few months and highlights the work in progress of shaping the global reach of the Indian Navy.. ...
09/01/2014 – Francis Tusa looks at the Reaper and its inclusion within core UK defence capabilities.
What will it cost and what does inclusion actually mean in UK MOD terms? ...
08/31/2014 – Information War is an important part of prevailing in 21st century conflict.
In this powerful speech by the Israeli Finance Minister, the Minister focuses on the importance of calling evil what it is and fighting it. ...
In this Special Report, Second Line of Defense looks at the evolving defense and security situation in the Arctic and Northern Europe. ...Download PDF Now>>
09/02/2014 Slideshow:USS America Arrives in Peru ... Read More >>
09/02/2014 Slideshow:The French in the Arctic Thunder Exercise ... Read More >>
09/01/2014 The first A400M will be delivered to the RAF this Fall. ... Read More >>
09/01/2014 The Scottish people will decide for themselves whether they wish to end the 307 year union that has bound them to the United Kingdom. Read More >>
08/31/2014 The Aussies pitch in to provide air drops for humanitarian support and provision of weapons to the Kurds. ... Read More >>
08/30/2014 With the Scotland Independence Referendum on September 18, the 307 year old political union between Scotland and England is at stake. ... Read More >>
08/29/2014 The Danes are deploying their F-16s in the defense of Greenland and of the Arctic as shown in this video. ... Read More >>
08/29/2014 The F-35 enterprise involves building new hangars as well as building out a new fleet. Read More >>
08/28/2014 It is about an enhanced capability as well to work with various coalition partners, in the region and beyond. ... Read More >>
08/28/2014 A good business to be in is the payloads business with an ability to be flexible about where those payloads go, whether upon manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft or space systems. Read More >>
08/28/2014 The Airbus A400M airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refueling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter. ... Read More >>
08/28/2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited India on Aug 7-9 2014. Read More >>
08/28/2014 AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours. Read More >>
08/28/2014 Lou Kratz looks at the potential impact of shaping a globally integrated F-35 fleet. Read More >>
08/26/2014 F-35 testing continues in anticipation of the IOC for the USMC F-35B next year. ... Read More >>
08/26/2014 Slideshow:The USS America Visits Chile ... Read More >>
08/25/2014 The USMC as the only tiltrotar-enabled assault force in the world, now has a ship well designed to support it. Read More >>
08/25/2014 Germany's Economy Ministry has approved plans by defense group Rheinmetall to deliver an armored vehicle assembly plant to Algeria. Read More >>
08/24/2014 In this interview with the CG of the 7th USAF, the role of airpower in the defense of South Korea is the focus of attention. ... Read More >>
08/22/2014 A neglected aspect of the ISIS assault is in the domain of information warfare. ... Read More >>
09/02/2014 Video:AWACs Over Afghanistan II ... Read More >>
09/02/2014 Slideshow:USS America in Chile ... Read More >>
08/31/2014 Video: AWACs Operating Over Afghanistan ... Read More >>
08/30/2014 Slideshow:USS America in Transit from Chile to the Pacific ... Read More >>
08/28/2014 Slideshow:The Air Bridge in Iraq ... Read More >>
08/28/2014 This video focuses on the challenges of Harrier maintenance. ... Read More >>
08/26/2014 Video:USCG Escorts Blue Marlin on Columbia River ... Read More >>
08/26/2014 Slideshow:USCG Escorts Blue Marlin ... Read More >>
08/25/2014 Slideshow:The Many Faces of the USS America: Shaping a Crew at Sea (2) ... Read More >>
08/24/2014 Video:KC-130s Refueling Over the Mediterranean ... Read More >>
08/20/2014 Video:24th MEU, French Fourragere ceremony ... Read More >>
08/19/2014 Video:X-47B Flight Operations ... Read More >>
08/17/2014 Video:Royal Canadian Navy Conducts Mooring Maneuver in the Mediterranean ... Read More >>
08/16/2014 Video:Additional Video on USS George H.W. Bush Airstrikes Against ISIS ... Read More >>
08/16/2014 Slideshow:The USS America visits the Americas. Read More >>
08/15/2014 The Marines practice parachuting from the Sea Knight helicopter. ... Read More >>
08/15/2014 Video:Super Hornet Cockpit Video ... Read More >>
08/14/2014 Video:Preparing the Strike: Arming the Weapons Aboard the Aircraft Carrier ... Read More >>
08/14/2014 Slideshow:Marine Corps Prepositioning Program Modernization in Norway ... Read More >>
08/13/2014 2014-08-13 According to a tweet by a Dutch reporter, an Osprey has been spotted in Kurdistan. ... Read More >>
08/10/2014 At Exercise Eager Lion USN and Jordanian sailors work with UUVs. Read More >>
08/09/2014 Slideshow:USN Ops In Support of Iraq Operations. Read More >>
08/07/2014 While the Normandy invasion is being celebrated, 21st century paras practice in France for 21st century operations. Read More >>
08/05/2014 In this video, the USCG is seen training with partners in the Caribbean. ... Read More >>
08/23/2014 – AF-2 achieved 1,000 flight hours on June 18, 2014. ...Read More>>
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The largest international exhibition for land defense and security will be held in Paris from 16-20 June 2014.
A leading security exposition, Milpol, will be held in Paris November 19-22 2013.
The Air Force Association’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium will be held November 21 – 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.
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
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia Shapes Its Airpower Approach
In this piece, first published in Front Line Defence (Canada), in April 2014, the focus is upon Australian airpower modernization.
Moving from the C-17, to the KC-30A, to the Wedgetail and then the F-35, Australia is modernizing its airpower.
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 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.
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.
The Next Phase of Air Power: Crafting and Enabling the Aerospace Combat Cloud
The digital enablement of key combat platforms is providing a forcing function role upon the next phase of the evolution of joint and coalition systems.
The emergence and evolution of what might be called the aerospace or air combat cloud is a key dynamic of change.
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.
In this article on the VMX-22 and its contribution to the MAGTF, Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake highlight the evolution of USMC capabilities.
The article appeared in the October 2013, Leatherneck magazine.
Procurement Strategy for 21st Century Challenges
Note to Self: Do Not Buy Yesterday’s Systems for Yesterday’s Challenges.”
USAF Perspective on F-35 Combat Systems
Cameri, Italy and the F-35
Italy and the F-35 Special Report is now available in Italian for our Italian readers.
Interviews with senior airpower leaders in Italy as well as analyses of the new Cameri facility supporting a regional F-35 fleet are featured in the report.
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.
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.
The Robotic Revolution: Building Blocks From Afghanistan
Lt. General (Retired) Deptula lays out how RPAs can be part of the Afghan Airpower Transiiton
In a recent article published by the Joint Aircraft Survivability Program, the role of the F-35 radar is examined from the experience to date in combat exercises such as Northern Edge.
The F-35 Radar has already demonstrated a significant improvement in performance against enemy jammers and operating against advanced threats.
In this report written by Dr. Richard Weitz, the key role which Azerbaijan plays in straddling Russia and Iran is the focus of attention.
The B-17 lessons learned for 21st century airpower is the focus of this article.
We have a new edition of Three Dimensional Warriors.
The book can be purchased on Kindle and other e-book publishers as well.
The first SIP report dealt with the dynamics of change in China and the potential impact of a nuclear Iran.
The second SIP report dealt with the Euro crisis and its impact on global dynamics and relations.
In this book published by Second Line of Defense in 2011, the challenges of maritime security are addressed and analyzed.
The book is presented in flipbook format with the attached link.
In this book published by Second Line of Defense in 2013, the key role of air mobility as a mission enabler is addressed in terms of the impact of helos, lifters and tankers on security and defense operations.
The book is presented in flipbook format below.
In this edition of AIR ACTUALITIES, the French Air Force provides a look at their role in the Libyan operation in early 2011.
In a 2012t piece published by Jane’s Navy International, Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake look at the evolution of U.S. maritime strategy in the Pacific. The article presages some of the arguments in our 2013 book with Richard Weitz entitled Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st Century Strategy (Praeger). Posted with permission of Jane’s.
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.
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.
First introduced at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, Three Dimensional Warriors provides an overview of how aviation for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) shapes their entire capabilities and directs how they operate.
The Second Edition can now be read on Kindle.
To read this Second Line of Defense book as a Flipbook click on the link below:
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—General George Patton Jr.
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