05/29/2016 – Fort Kamehameha hasn't moved an inch since it was built... but what we need today is a "Fort HIMARS" – a highly mobile, networked, lethal weapons system with long reach – and if we get this right, the Army will kill the archer instead of dealing with all of its arrows. ...
05/29/2016 – The USN-USMC team is positioning itself for an innovative way ahead that is neither “manned or unmanned."
They are synergistically working through how new systems can work with one another to deliver the desired outcome or effect in the battlespace, notably in the ISR, C2 and anti-submarine domains.
05/27/2016 – The Danish Parliamentary Defence Committee held hearings this week on the new fighter decision.
The hearings validated the F-35 decision and interestingly the Defense Ministry highlighted that the US Navy not Boeing would be the provider of the Supper Hornet.
And in an official submission validated the 6,000 flight hours, not Boeing’s own projection of 9500 flight hours for the Super Hornet. ...
05/26/2016 – At Jacksonville Naval Air Station the P-8 and Triton community is shaping a common culture guiding the transformation of the ASW and ISR side of Naval Air.
The additional ISR and C2 enterprise being put in place to operate the combined P-8 and Triton capability is a much broader capability than the classic P-3.
Much like the Osprey transformed the USMC prior to flying the F-35, the P-8/Triton team is doing the same for the US Navy prior to incorporating the F-35 within the carrier air wing. ...
05/26/2016 – Normalization of relations with Vietnam and the United States continue.
And now include arms transfer possibilities as well.
What may have finally tipped the scales in favor of removing all restrictions was the aggressive flying by Chinese fighter jets a week before the visit to maneuver within about 15 meters of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane..
What is clear is that the Aussies are at the cutting edge of the rethink of how to reshape an integrated 21st century force.Download PDF Now>>
05/26/2016 Italians have now flown their 2nd and 3rd Italian built F-35s to Luke AFB across the Atlantic to go with their February flight. Read More >>
05/26/2016 Aegis Baseline 9.C1 (BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade) tested against medium range ballistic missile. Read More >>
05/22/2016 RAF Typhoons are participating in the current NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. Read More >>
05/22/2016 A look at some of the rethinking about air operations and training induced or enhanced by the coming of the F-35. Read More >>
05/21/2016 The RAF has flown its Voyager to Pax River to work with the F-35B following the Aussie lead. Read More >>
05/20/2016 If the critics were as self-aware as the F-35, reporting would be significantly more balanced. Read More >>
05/20/2016 With the RAF and the USAF setting up F-35 squadrons at two nearby RAF bases, there is a clear opportunity to shape a common sustainment solution. Read More >>
05/19/2016 An Australian-United States team has successfully completed an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range. Read More >>
05/19/2016 The Danes not only took a decision in their own defense are putting in place a building block for regional defense, including of Canada. Read More >>
05/18/2016 The Indian Air Force participated in the most recent Red Flag exercise in Alaska. Read More >>
05/18/2016 Put it blunt terms, choosing a new combat fighter was not a beauty contest but part of building effective deterrence against threats near and far. Read More >>
05/17/2016 With President Obama visiting Vietnam, it is now time for a celebration of a very successful bipartisan pro-bono effort to help build elementary schools in Vietnam. Read More >>
05/16/2016 Video depicting inside the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) at NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY DEVESELU, Romania. ... Read More >>
05/15/2016 What does Michel Temer's Presidency mean for Brazil? ... Read More >>
05/15/2016 How will enhanced communication networks working with the co-evolution of new and legacy platforms reshape operations and mission effectiveness?< ... Read More >>
05/15/2016 The next U.S. administration will need to take the lead in deciding where to direct the NATO BMD program after 2018. Read More >>
05/15/2016 The UK's lead officer on introducing the F-35 into the RAF talks about the way ahead. Read More >>
05/26/2016 Video:Exercise Southern Jackaroo ... Read More >>
05/25/2016 Video:The Venom in an Aerial Gunnery Refinement Exercise ... Read More >>
05/20/2016 Video:MV-22 Osprey Night Flight Deck Landing ... Read More >>
05/16/2016 Video:VMA-211 Last AV-8B Harrier Flight ... Read More >>
05/16/2016 Video:VMA-211 Receives First F-35Bs ... Read More >>
05/15/2016 Video:JHSV in Balikatan 16 ... Read More >>
05/12/2016 Video:Shadow UAV at Yuma Air Station ... Read More >>
05/08/2016 Video:Exercising the Refueling of Helos in the Battlespace ... Read More >>
05/05/2016 Video:Sm-2 Intercepts ... Read More >>
05/05/2016 Video:F-22 and Neptune Falcon ... Read More >>
05/04/2016 Video:F-22 Refueling ... Read More >>
05/03/2016 Slideshow:F-35B Training At Beaufort ... Read More >>
05/03/2016 Slideshow:F-35s at Luke AFB: Dropping GBU 12s ... Read More >>
05/03/2016 Video:Osprey Arrives on Japanese Ship as Part of Disaster Relief Effort ... Read More >>
05/02/2016 Slideshow:Heritage Flight Over Hampton Roads: The Future Meets the Past ... Read More >>
05/02/2016 Video:Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Flyovers ... Read More >>
05/01/2016 Video:African Lion 16 ... Read More >>
05/01/2016 Video:Submarine Surfacing in the Arctic ... Read More >>
04/27/2016 Slideshow:Refueling at Sea: Carrier Refuels Destroyer in the Pacific ... Read More >>
04/25/2016 Slideshow:Exercise Sky Soldier 16 ... Read More >>
04/20/2016 Video:Time-Lapse of Vertical Replenishment to USS Boxer ... Read More >>
04/18/2016 Video:USS Boxer Takes on Food and Supplies During a Replenishment-at-Sea ... Read More >>
04/15/2016 Video:USS Boxer Tanked by MSC at Sea ... Read More >>
04/12/2016 Slideshow:Ready to Respond for Domestic or Overseas Missions: C-130Hs at the 179th AW ... Read More >>
04/08/2016 Video:AH-1Z Super Cobra Aboard USS Boxer Flight Deck ... Read More >>
04/06/2016 Video:F-35 Prepares to Fly With Heritage Aircraft ... Read More >>
04/05/2016 Video:The 104th Fighter Wing Deploys to Iceland ... Read More >>
The Italians fly the first F-35 across the Atlantic....Read More>>
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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.
The Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force
The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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