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European Defense, the Arctic and the Future

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SM 2s Fired During Valiant Shield 2014

09/17/2014  Slideshow:SM 2s Fired During Valiant Shield 2014 ...   Read More >>

George H.W. Bush Carrier in Iraq Operations

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F-35 Global Enterprise Meets in Oslo

09/13/2014  F-35-Summit to be held in Oslo on 25 September 2014.   Read More >>

The USS America Remembers 9/11

09/12/2014  Slideshow:The USS America Remembers 9/11 ...  

South African Company Supports Azerbaijan Defense Efforts

09/12/2014  Paramount Group will support Azerbaijani helicopters and fixed wing military aircraft. ...   Read More >>

Prime Minister Modi's Asian Engagement: India's Pacific Diplomacy

09/11/2014  In this piece, India Strategic looks at the new Prime Minister of India and his Pacific initiatives. ...   Read More >>

Christians in the Middle East: Washington Conference Looks at Minority Under Seige

09/10/2014  A conference is being held in Washington DC focusing on ways to help Christians under attack from ISIS and other forces in the Middle East. ...   Read More >>

Supplying Kurdish Fighters: An Overview

09/09/2014  In this piece, Second Line of Defense looks at the supply of arms to the Kurds. ...   Read More >>

US and Allied Missile Defense RMA Thinking Leaders and Their Technological and Con-Ops Counterpunch

09/08/2014  The evolution of adversary missile forces is a major challenge for US and Allied forces. ...   Read More >>

The Future of Indian Air Power: An Interview With Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

09/07/2014  In this interview with the COS of the Indian Air Force, the COS focuses on the evolution of the Indian Air Force. ...   Read More >>

Putin Phoenix: NATO in Play

09/07/2014  Although not attending, Putin is a key player in the NATO summit.   Read More >>

The Japanese-Indian Summit: Another Building Block in Pacific Defense

09/06/2014  Already, the PRC has driven the two greatest maritime powers of the 20th Century into a closer relationship.   Read More >>

Thinking Airpower Leaders and Preparing the Way for the F-35

09/05/2014  US and Allied Air power leaders are thinking through the future of airpower inextricably intertwined with the introduction of the F-35.   Read More >>

NATO is Now on the Clock: Reshaping the Battlespace

09/03/2014  The Secretary General of NATO has called for the rapid formation of a spearhead force. ...   Read More >>

Germany and the Kurds: Supplying Arms as Part of Evolving German Foreign Policy?

09/03/2014  In this piece, Second Line of Defense looks at the recent German decision to arm the Kurds. ...   Read More >>

USS America Arrives in Peru

09/02/2014  Slideshow:USS America Arrives in Peru ...  

China’s Foreign Policy And Security Decision System: Shaping Assertive Sovereignty and Regional Behavior

09/02/2014  Dr. Harald Malmgren examines the evolution of Chinese decision making and the role of the PLA in this article. ...   Read More >>

The French in the Arctic Thunder Exercise

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In Brief

Valiant Shield 2014 Missile Exercise

09/19/2014  Video:Valiant Shield 2014 Missile Exercise ...  

Medicine and War: Part Three

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USS America Arrives in San Diego

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Medicine and War: Part Two

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USS America at Sea

09/13/2014  Slideshow:Various Photos of the USS America at Sea ...   Read More >>

The Afghan Trucking System Feeds the Grid

09/12/2014  Video:The Afghan Trucking System Feeds the Grid ...   Read More >>

Medicine and War: From World War I to Today

09/12/2014  Video:Medicine and War: From World War I to Today ...   Read More >>

Steadfast Javelin II Exfiltration Operation: Inserting Canadian Forces into the Baltics

09/10/2014  Video:Steadfast Javelin II Exfiltration Operation ...  

Steadfast Javelin II Canadian Air Assault

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A NATO Perspective on Aegis

09/09/2014  Video:A NATO Perspective on Aegis ...  

NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission

09/09/2014  Video:NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission ...  

NATO Wales Summit: Osprey Entrance and Special Ops

09/08/2014  Video:NATO Wales Summit: Osprey Entrance and Special Ops ...   Read More >>

B-1 Bombers for Afghanistan

09/08/2014  Video:B-1 Bombers in Afghanistan ...  

USS America's Peruvian Port Visit

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AWACs Over Afghanistan III

09/05/2014  Video:AWACs Over Afghanistan III ...  

AWACs Over Afghanistan II

09/02/2014  Video:AWACs Over Afghanistan II ...  

USS America in Chile

09/02/2014  Slideshow:USS America in Chile ...  

AWACs Over Afghanistan

08/31/2014  Video: AWACs Operating Over Afghanistan ...  

USS America in Transit from Chile to the Pacific

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The Air Bridge in Iraq

08/28/2014  Slideshow:The Air Bridge in Iraq ...  

Marine Harrier Mechanics

08/28/2014  This video focuses on the challenges of Harrier maintenance. ...   Read More >>

USCG Escorts Blue Marlin on Columbia River

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Blue Marlin Transits Columbia River

08/26/2014  Slideshow:USCG Escorts Blue Marlin ...  

The Many Faces of the USS America: Shaping a Crew at Sea (2)

08/25/2014  Slideshow:The Many Faces of the USS America: Shaping a Crew at Sea (2) ...   Read More >>

KC-130s Refueling Over the Mediterranean

08/24/2014  Video:KC-130s Refueling Over the Mediterranean ...  

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First 1,000 Hour Flight F-35

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.

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A leading security exposition, Milpol, will be held in Paris November 19-22 2013.

Milpol 2013<<


The Air Force Association’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium will be held November 21 – 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Pacific Air and Space Symposium <<

Defense & Security Publications

Distributed Laydown

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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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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Captain Hall

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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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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Aussie Report

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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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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C-17 and KC-30A at their operational base in Australia. Credit Photo: SLD

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.

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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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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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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 core image, which the General put on the table of where the transition needs  to go, is the ability to shape a combat cloud as a key element of the  battlespace within which the various deployed aircraft interact together to  shape air dominance to achieve joint force objectives. With a fifth generation enabled combat capability, one could put the pieces in place to deliver the operational situational awareness critical to joint forces, but this would be difficult if one does not have the fifth generation aircraft in the numbers required. Credit Images: Bigstock

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.

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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.


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


Leatherneck Magazine Article on VMX-22.

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 Challenges

Procurement Strategy for 21st Century Challenges

Note to Self: Do Not Buy Yesterday’s Systems for Yesterday’s Challenges.”

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USAF Perspective on F-35 Combat Systems

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Italian Version

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.

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Aftermath of the February 3 cable car accident. Credit Photo: La Stampa, 7/13/11

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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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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Deptula Last Flight

The Robotic Revolution: Building Blocks From Afghanistan

Lt. General (Retired) Deptula lays out how RPAs can be part of the Afghan Airpower Transiiton

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F-35 Radar.

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.


Azerbaijan Regional Role

In this report written by Dr. Richard Weitz, the key role which Azerbaijan plays in straddling Russia and Iran is the focus of attention.

Azerbaijan’s Regional Role

B-17 Returns to France

The B-17 lessons learned for 21st century airpower is the focus of this article.

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3 D Warriors 2nd Edition

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.


Maritime Security

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.


Air Mobiity

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.


FAF Libya

In this edition of AIR ACTUALITIES, the French Air Force provides a look at their role in the Libyan operation in early 2011.

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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.

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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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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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3 D Warrior

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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