Major Mark Hamilton emphasized that it was a question of learning and re-certifying for each of these missions and having the ability to flip among them in order for the KC-130J to be used in a flexible manner to support the deployed force. ...
07/23/2014 – The KC-130J not only has broadened its range of mission sets, but has provided a foundational capability for expeditionary support.
It is about supportable reach; not just reach. ...
07/23/2014 – During this complex transition and reconfiguration of political power the highest priority of the PRC government is to prevent excessive social unrest or disorder
Efforts to ramp up national sentiment against neighbors, particularly Japan, are part of an effort to maintain loyalty to a single flag and a seemingly uniform leadership structure. ...
07/23/2014 – Because the USMC and USAF along with foreign air forces are early users of the aircraft, this triad will drive the forging of a global system to support the F-35. ...
07/22/2014 – What we have seen recently in Ukraine with the Malaysian airliner is the next strike in the reinvention of warfare in this decade.
Countering Russian 21st century warfare creativity is crucial for the United States to do right now with some creativity of our own. ...
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>>
07/24/2014 Our contribution with our frigate to RIMPAC is a way of signaling that we stand ready to support the US, also in areas far away from European shores. Read More >>
07/22/2014 Video:Harvest Hawk in Afghanistan ... Read More >>
07/22/2014 The Libyan Air Force has lost an Il-76 transport aircraft to fighting by rival militias at Tripoli’s international airport. Read More >>
07/22/2014 The people of Wisconsin make a statement. ... Read More >>
07/22/2014 In many ways, the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine is simply the latest chapter in the ongoing Russian-Ukraine crisis. ... Read More >>
07/21/2014 Video:KC-130 Squadron Moves to Air Station Iwakuni ... Read More >>
07/20/2014 Although understandable, a do nothing or minimalist policy is a high-risk policy. Read More >>
07/19/2014 It can be easily understood why India and China are participating but why Norway and how do they fit into any Pacific strategy ... Read More >>
07/19/2014 Recently, the US Secretary of Defense visited the 33rd Fighter Wing and focused on the role of the operators of the F-35. Read More >>
07/19/2014 Since the French intervention early in 2013, the Mali conflict has been a defining one for regional security.. ... Read More >>
07/16/2014 The aim of all the BRICS is to begin to reshape the Western dominated international financial system ... Read More >>
07/16/2014 The math is simple: individual with an idea plus a champion equals innovation. Read More >>
07/16/2014 Slideshow:RQ-21 RPA for the USN-USMC Team ... Read More >>
07/16/2014 Recently, the A400M was refueled by the mulit-mission tanker, the A330MRT for the first time. Read More >>
07/15/2014 The CO of VMU-2 discusses the various dynamics of change affecting the evolution of UAVs within the USMC. Read More >>
07/15/2014 The visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Australia is an important event. Read More >>
07/14/2014 The USNS Montford Point shapes its role within a broader concept of support for an amphibious task force. ... Read More >>
07/14/2014 SLD provides a look at the Farnbourgh Air Show from the perspective of the users of aircraft on display. ... Read More >>
07/25/2014 Video:NATO Allies Exercise Securing An Airfield in Poland ... Read More >>
07/25/2014 Video: Replenishment at Sea in the Pacific ... Read More >>
07/24/2014 Video:With the Russian factor in play, NATO deploys to the Black Sea. Read More >>
07/24/2014 Video:Harvest Hawk seen testing its weapons. Read More >>
07/23/2014 Video:Red Flag 14-13 Update ... Read More >>
07/22/2014 Slideshow: The KC-130J Supporting USMC Operations In any Clime and Anywhere ... Read More >>
07/22/2014 Slideshow:Making USMC Cannons Expeditionary ... Read More >>
07/21/2014 Video:Marine Squadron 152 Arrives in Iwakuni ... Read More >>
07/21/2014 Video:Testing Strike Missiles During RIMPAC 14 ... Read More >>
07/20/2014 Video: Qiandaohu Departs for At-Sea Phase of RIMPAC ... Read More >>
07/20/2014 Video:MRF-D Refueling Mission with Australians. Read More >>
07/17/2014 Slideshow:Viewing the USS America From the Command Deck ... Read More >>
07/15/2014 Video:Shadow Company UAS ... Read More >>
07/14/2014 Airbus A400M conducts paratrooping trials ... Read More >>
07/12/2014 Slideshow:Warlords Return to MCAS Beaufort to prepare for the F-35B to integrate into the MAGTF. Read More >>
07/12/2014 Video:Ships Depart for Sea Phase, RIMPAC 2014 ... Read More >>
07/12/2014 Video:Philippines and Aussies Conduct Maritime Surveillance in P3 ... Read More >>
07/08/2014 Slideshow:Douglas C-47 Skytrain Flies From Germany This Time to Normandy! ... Read More >>
07/08/2014 Slideshow:SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Refuels 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s CH-53Es over the Mediterranean Sea ... Read More >>
07/08/2014 Slideshow:SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Aircraft Conduct Nighttime Air-to-Air Refueling over Spain ... Read More >>
07/01/2014 – Two F-35B aircraft flew in close formation for the first time in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode, ...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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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