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The Maryland Air National Guard Deploys Cyber Team in the Digital Battlespace

10/17/2016  Second Line of Defense visited the 275th Cyber Operations Squadron on September 28, 2016 at the beginning of their first deployment.   Read More >>

The Weapons Revolution Continues: MBDA Shapes a Way Ahead for Strike Platforms in the Kill Web

10/17/2016  MBDA is building fifth generation weapons for the combat fleet.   Read More >>

Unmanned Warrior 2016: Shaping a Way Ahead in the Man-Machine Maritime Security and Combat Environment

10/14/2016  Currently, the Unmanned Warrior exercise is being hosted by the Royal Navy and conducted in Wales and Scotland with coalition partners.   Read More >>

The New Australian Submarine: A Discussion with DCNS Australia

10/14/2016  An update on the Aussie approach to building a new class of submarines.   Read More >>

The Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems Look at the Way Ahead: Rear Admiral Manazir on Shaping Kill Webs

10/13/2016  Rear Admiral Manazir focuses on shaping and crafting kill webs for US and allied forces in the extended battle space.   Read More >>

An Overview on the F-35 as a Flying Combat System

10/12/2016  The F-35 is highly interactive with air combat transformation.   Read More >>

Operations Render Safe 2016 Concludes

10/11/2016  An enduring annual Australian-led mission, this year the operation destroyed over 10 tons of World War II munitions in the Solomon Islands.   Read More >>

Russia Pluses Up Infrastructure in Syria

10/10/2016  The Russians have decided to upgrade their port facilities in Syria to support operations.   Read More >>

Clearing a Solomon Islands World War II Munitions Cache

10/07/2016  Operation Render Safe aims to remove explosive remnants of war across the South West Pacific.   Read More >>

The Next Phase in the A330MRTT Evolution: Shaping a New Global Standard

10/04/2016  A key point in the evolution of the A330MRTT global fleet is shaping a common standard for that fleet and then upgrading the fleet notably as software evolves.   Read More >>

An Update on Global Piracy, 2016

10/04/2016  Waters off West Africa remain dangerous and criminal gangs in East Africa are still a lingering threat.   Read More >>

The German Taurus Missile Returns to a South African Test Range?

10/04/2016  Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) is a versatile missile and aircraft test range specializing in performance evaluation and verification services on in-flight systems.   Read More >>

The Next Administration and China Policy: Why Reinforce the Dominance of Beijing in China?

10/02/2016  It is time for a regional differentiation policy towards China.   Read More >>

European Industry Collaborates to Build a New Medium-Range RPA

10/01/2016  Europe has launched a program to build a new RPA and the program is clearly not just about the platform.   Read More >>

France, NATO and Protection of NATO Airspace

09/30/2016  The NATO states coordinate efforts to escort Russian aircraft away from NATO airspace.   Read More >>

The French Air Force and the SCALP Cruise Missile: Strikes Daesh Again

09/30/2016  A very deadly capability used by the French Air Force and other coalition partners is the Storm Shadow/SCALP missile.   Read More >>

Shaping an Integrated Force in the Extended Battlespace: A Special Report on New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration

09/30/2016  The Aussies, Americans and Brits look at innovation in the air-sea domain.   Read More >>

“We are Aviators”

09/30/2016  This French video does a great job of placing the French Air Force and its men and women within the context of serving the nation and its interests.   Read More >>

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B-1s Deploy to the Pacific for Maritime Missions

10/20/2016  Video:B-1s Deploy to the Pacific for Maritime Missions ...   Read More >>

USS Green Bay in Valiant Shield 2016

10/15/2016  Video:USS Green Bay in Valiant Shield 2016 ...   Read More >>

“Fierce Pride”: Preparing for NATO Defense

10/09/2016  Video:“Fierce Pride”: Preparing for NATO Defense ...   Read More >>

Global Strike: The Keystone of U.S. Deterrence

10/07/2016  Video:Global Strike: The Keystone of U.S. Deterrence ...   Read More >>

Touring the P-8

10/06/2016  Video:Touring the P-8 ...  

Valiant Shield 2016:Photoex Formation

10/04/2016  Video:Valiant Shield 2016:Photoex Formation ...  

Valiant Shield 2016

10/03/2016  Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam.   Read More >>

Riverine Squadron 2 in Valiant Shield 2016

10/01/2016  Video:Riverine Squadron 2 in Valiant Shield 2016 ...   Read More >>

F-35 At Luke AFB

09/29/2016  F-35 as seen in 56th Wing activities.   Read More >>

Exercise KAKADU 2016

09/21/2016  Exercise KAKADU involves nations from around the Asia-Pacific region.   Read More >>

Remember Crocodile Dundee? Just do a Military Exercise in Australia!

09/20/2016  Video:Remember Crocodile Dundee? Just do a Military Exercise in Australia! ...   Read More >>

Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: Multi User Barge Ramp Trial

09/17/2016  Video:Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: Multi User Barge Ramp Trial ...   Read More >>

Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: The Chinook in Focus

09/16/2016  Video :Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: The Chinook in Focus ...   Read More >>

Pacific Magazine: Exercise Koolendong 2016

09/15/2016  Video:Pacific Magazine: Exercise Koolendong 2016 ...  

The Osprey in Bilateral Training Exercises

09/15/2016  This video looks at how the Osprey is used as a tool in allied exercises.   Read More >>

The Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters Deploy during Northern Shield Exercise

09/15/2016  Video:The Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters Deploy during Northern Shield Exercise ...   Read More >>

Venom in Trilateral Aussie Exercise

09/13/2016  Video:Venom in Trilateral Aussie Exercise ...  

F-22s During Taxi and Take-Offs at Langley AFB

09/10/2016  Video:F-22s During Taxi and Take-Offs ...  

Columbian General Describes the Super Tucano and Its Role

09/09/2016  Video:Columbian General Describes the Super Tucano and Its Capabilities ...   Read More >>

Exercise Northern Shield

09/09/2016  Video:Exercise Northern Shield ...  

RAAF Hornets in Northern Shield Exercise

09/08/2016  Video:RAAF Hornets operating in the Northern Shield exercise.   Read More >>

Exercise Koolendong 16

09/08/2016  Video:Marines in Exercise Koolendong 16 in Australia's Northern Territory.   Read More >>

F-22 Graduates

09/07/2016  Video:The largest size class of F-22 graduates to date.   Read More >>

Germans Bolster Baltic Airspace Defense

09/06/2016  Video:Germans Bolster Baltic Airspace Defense ...  

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An Overview on the F-35 as a Flying Combat System

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Air-Sea Seminar

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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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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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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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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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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The triple hook system for the CH-53K allows for the delivery of three payloads each to a different landing area if requires. Credit Photo: USN-USMC

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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150522-N-BQ308-110 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) As fast as its name, an F-35B Lightning II screams past a flight deck handler as it takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, with VMFA-121 and VMFAT-501 embarked, is underway conducting the first phase of operational testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, which will evaluate the full spectrum of F-35B measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist William Tonacchio/Released)

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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Williams Report March 2016

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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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) during air-to-air refuelling trials with a United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighter. *** Local Caption *** In December 2015, a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) deployed to Edwards Air Force Base in California to conduct air-to-air refuelling trials with a series of F-16 multi-role fighters from the United States Air Force (USAF). Using its 18-metre-long Advanced Refuelling Boom system (ARBS), the KC-30A was able to receive a conditional clearance in these trials, with further test flights slated to take place in early 2016. Whilst Australia does not operate the F-16, the jet is one of the most prolific combat aircraft in service in the world today, and will likely be refuelled by RAAF KC-30As during future exercises and air operations.

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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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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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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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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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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RAAF Transformation

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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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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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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Fleet Logistics

In a piece published in the first issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the significance and challenge for modern fleet logistics is the focus of attention.

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Pax River ITF

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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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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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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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). An integrated global fleet of F-35s is a key asset for shaping joint and coalition capabilities for 21st century combat operations.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A forthcoming article in Front Line Defence discusses a number of the issues presented in the Rome briefing. Credit: Front Line Defence

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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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 and India

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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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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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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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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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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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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"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking."

—General George Patton Jr.

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