10/27/2016 – The global defense market is a confluence of three dynamic markets: advanced Western militaries, near peer competitors and their global outreach, and ruggedized classic militaries seen in the developing world.
A key challenge for Western and allied Asian manufacturers is to be able to build platforms which can be used by their own militaries, allies and in some cases be exportable into the Third World where they will face direct competition from the Chinese and the Russians who are hoping to shape mass by global exports.
10/26/2016 – The RAF has sent Typhoon combat jets to exercise with the Japanese.
To do so, the jets have been supported by the C-17/Voyager dyad.
It is the first time that Japan’s air force has trained at home with a foreign power other than the United States. ...
10/26/2016 – The UK government is committed to replacing the Trident submarines with a new class of strategic nuclear submarines.
This new class will be known as the Dreadnaught Class, something which would make Sir Francis Drake happy!
10/25/2016 – Recently, the Australian KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker fleet has now been flown more than 20,000 flying hours.
The milestone was reached on a mission from Yokota Air Base in Japan to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on October 19, 2016.
According to 86th Wing Commander Rob Williams: “The KC-30A has transformed and enhanced the global reach of the ADF and will continue to mature in its role and application in the years to come.”
10/17/2016 – Todd Miller visits the `04th Fighter Squadron as they prepared to deploy to the Middle East.
They prepared their A-10s for deployment to the Middle East, and to spend the next six months without their families and in a combat zone..
Todd reminds us that the Guard plays a crucial role in our military preparedness and capability.
In this Williams Foundation Seminar, new approaches to air-sea integration was the focus of attention.Download PDF Now>>
10/25/2016 Our partner, OPERATIONNELS SOUTIEN LOGISTIQUE DEENSE SECURITE, has produced a special issue of their magazine to be distributed at the Euronaval show. Read More >>
10/24/2016 New capabilities are being shaped for the aircraft-weapons combat system, which Typhoon is and is evolving to. Read More >>
10/21/2016 Five Power Defence Exercise in Malaysia, Singapore and the South China Sea. Read More >>
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 >>
10/17/2016 Canada needs to build a surface combatant that is upgradeable through out its life to contribute to deterrence and defense of Canada. Read More >>
10/17/2016 MBDA is building fifth generation weapons for the combat fleet. Read More >>
10/14/2016 Captain Kirk is now in command of the Zumwalt, the most advanced US Navy destroyer. Read More >>
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 >>
10/14/2016 An update on the Aussie approach to building a new class of submarines. Read More >>
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 >>
10/12/2016 The F-35 is highly interactive with air combat transformation. Read More >>
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 >>
10/10/2016 The Russians have decided to upgrade their port facilities in Syria to support operations. Read More >>
10/07/2016 Operation Render Safe aims to remove explosive remnants of war across the South West Pacific. Read More >>
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 >>
10/04/2016 Waters off West Africa remain dangerous and criminal gangs in East Africa are still a lingering threat. Read More >>
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 >>
10/02/2016 It is time for a regional differentiation policy towards China. Read More >>
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10/20/2016 Video:B-1s Deploy to the Pacific for Maritime Missions ... Read More >>
10/15/2016 Video:USS Green Bay in Valiant Shield 2016 ... Read More >>
10/09/2016 Video:“Fierce Pride”: Preparing for NATO Defense ... Read More >>
10/07/2016 Video:Global Strike: The Keystone of U.S. Deterrence ... Read More >>
10/06/2016 Video:Touring the P-8 ... Read More >>
10/04/2016 Video:Valiant Shield 2016:Photoex Formation ... Read More >>
10/03/2016 Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam. Read More >>
10/01/2016 Video:Riverine Squadron 2 in Valiant Shield 2016 ... Read More >>
09/29/2016 F-35 as seen in 56th Wing activities. Read More >>
09/21/2016 Exercise KAKADU involves nations from around the Asia-Pacific region. Read More >>
09/20/2016 Video:Remember Crocodile Dundee? Just do a Military Exercise in Australia! ... Read More >>
09/17/2016 Video:Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: Multi User Barge Ramp Trial ... Read More >>
09/16/2016 Video :Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: The Chinook in Focus ... Read More >>
09/15/2016 Video:Pacific Magazine: Exercise Koolendong 2016 ... Read More >>
09/15/2016 This video looks at how the Osprey is used as a tool in allied exercises. Read More >>
09/15/2016 Video:The Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters Deploy during Northern Shield Exercise ... Read More >>
09/13/2016 Video:Venom in Trilateral Aussie Exercise ... Read More >>
09/10/2016 Video:F-22s During Taxi and Take-Offs ... Read More >>
09/09/2016 Video:Columbian General Describes the Super Tucano and Its Capabilities ... Read More >>
09/09/2016 Video:Exercise Northern Shield ... Read More >>
09/08/2016 Video:RAAF Hornets operating in the Northern Shield exercise. Read More >>
09/08/2016 Video:Marines in Exercise Koolendong 16 in Australia's Northern Territory. Read More >>
09/07/2016 Video:The largest size class of F-22 graduates to date. Read More >>
09/06/2016 Video:Germans Bolster Baltic Airspace Defense ... Read More >>
09/06/2016 Video:Exercise Northern Lightening is the largest F-35 exercise to date and follows the USAF IOC of the aircraft. Read More >>
10/12/2016 – The F-35 is highly interactive with air combat transformation.Read More>>
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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.
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
The Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force
The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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