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European Defense, the Arctic and the Future

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>>

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Gordon Chang on China, India and Border Provocations

09/27/2014  Chinese border provocations against India hardly help improve relations with India.   Read More >>

The UAE, Airbus Defense and Space and the Flight of the Zephyr

09/25/2014  The Zephyr promises to provide an alternative to satellites for some missions.   Read More >>

Tomahawks Launched Against ISIS Targets

09/25/2014  Video:Tomahawks Launched Against ISIS Targets ...   Read More >>

Conclusion of Valiant Shield 2014

09/25/2014  Valiant Shield 2014 exercise concludes and tests capabilities of US forces in the Pacific.   Read More >>

USS George H.W. Bush Continues Strikes Against ISIS

09/24/2014  Video:USS George H.W. Bush Continues Strikes Against ISIS ...   Read More >>

An Update on Airpower in Iraqi and Syrian Operations

09/24/2014  In this article, we look at the initial use of airpower in operations against the ISIS.   Read More >>

Maritime Robotics: Boeing and Liquid Robotics Work on Maritime Solutions

09/23/2014  A new partnership to expand the role of robotics in underwater systems. ...   Read More >>

Malaysia and the A400M: First Plane in Final Assembly for Malaysia

09/23/2014  The first A400M for Malaysia is being built on the final assembly line in Seville Spain. ...   Read More >>

Faces of Valiant Shield 2014

09/22/2014  Slideshow: Faces of Valiant Shield 2014 ...   Read More >>

The First US Soldiers to Participate in Valiant Shield 2014: The 94th AAMDC Plays Its Part

09/22/2014  The Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC, C/1-1 ADA and Task Force Talon are the first U.S. Soldiers to participate in Valiant Shield.   Read More >>

Acquisition Innovation in the Department of Defense: Breaking the Logjam

09/22/2014  This interview with Raleigh Durham looks back at the challenges facing successful innovation and the role of Mike Wynne in that process.   Read More >>

Prevailing in 21st Century Conflicts: Leveraging Insertion Forces

09/21/2014  This article looks at ways to engage effectively in dealing with 21st century conflicts. ...   Read More >>

China and Russia: The New Axis

09/21/2014  In this piece by Gordon Chang, the author looks at the evolving alliance between the PRC and Russia.   Read More >>

The Russian Mistral Decision Revisited: The Flagship for the NATO Spearhead Force?

09/20/2014  This article addresses ways to move the Russian Mistral out of Russian hands. ...   Read More >>

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

09/20/2014  Dr. Harald Malmgren examines the evolution of Chinese decision making and the role of the PLA in this article. ...   Read More >>

The Global Impact of Isis: The Case of South East Asia

09/19/2014  ISIS success is fueling cross-fertilization of terrorist groups outside of the Middle East. ...   Read More >>

Thatcher's Revenge: An Independent Scotland?

09/17/2014  An Independent Scotland is certainly a viable option. ...   Read More >>

SM 2s Fired During Valiant Shield 2014

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

USS America Arrives in San Diego: Enabling the Tiltrotar Assault Force

09/16/2014  The USS America has arrived at its home port in San Diego. ...   Read More >>

George H.W. Bush Carrier in Iraq Operations

09/14/2014  Slideshow:George H.W. Bush Carrier in Iraq Operations ...   Read More >>

In Brief

B-1B Being Refueled for Syrian Operations

10/01/2014  Video:B-1B Being Refueled for Syrian Operations ...   Read More >>

Marines Unmanned Vehicle-Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS)

10/01/2014  Video:Marines Unmanned Vehicle-Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) ...   Read More >>

Medical Personnel Use Tele-medicine to Reach Patients

09/30/2014  Video:Medical Personnel use Tele-medicine to reach patients ...   Read More >>

The Extended Reach of Airpower In Syria

09/28/2014  Video:KC-135s Refueling USN Aircraft for Strikes against the ISIL.   Read More >>

Small Unit Water Purification for Expeditionary Operations

09/26/2014  Video:Small Unit Water Purification for Expeditionary Operations ...   Read More >>

The Fleet Launches Tomahawk Missiles as Part of Iraqi-Syrian Mission

09/25/2014  Slideshow:The Fleet Launches Tomahawk Missiles as Part of Iraqi-Syrian Mission ...   Read More >>

Naval Forces Exercise Land Attack Role in Valiant Shield 2014

09/25/2014  Slideshow:Naval Forces Exercise Land Attack Role in Valiant Shield 2014 ...   Read More >>

Coast Guard Icebreaker Rescues Man Aboard Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice

09/23/2014  Video:Coast Guard Icebreaker Rescues Man Aboard Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice ...   Read More >>

Valiant Shield 2014 SINKEX

09/23/2014  Video:Valiant Shield 2014 SINKEX ...   Read More >>

USMC Practices Long Range Raid in Valiant Shield 2014

09/22/2014  Video:USMC Practices Long Range Raid in Valiant Shield 2014 ...   Read More >>

Valiant Shield: Testing the Ability of the Fleet to Engage Airborne Threats

09/21/2014  Slideshow:Valiant Shield: Testing the Ability of the Fleet to Engage Airborne Threats ...   Read More >>

Exercise Jackal Stone 2014

09/20/2014  Video:Exercise Jackal Stone 2014 ...   Read More >>

Shaping a Distributed C2 System

09/20/2014  Video:Shaping a Distributed C2 System ...   Read More >>

Valiant Shield 2014 Missile Exercise

09/19/2014  Video:Valiant Shield 2014 Missile Exercise ...   Read More >>

Medicine and War: Part Three

09/18/2014  Video:Medicine and War: Part Three ...   Read More >>

USS America Arrives in San Diego

09/17/2014  Slideshow:USS America Arrives in San Diego ...   Read More >>

Medicine and War: Part Two

09/15/2014  Video:Medicine and War: Part Two ...   Read More >>

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 ...   Read More >>

Steadfast Javelin II Canadian Air Assault

09/10/2014  Video:Steadfast Javelin II Canadian Air Assault ...   Read More >>

A NATO Perspective on Aegis

09/09/2014  Video:A NATO Perspective on Aegis ...   Read More >>

NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission

09/09/2014  Video:NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission ...   Read More >>

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 ...   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.

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

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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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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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Exercises

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.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/Italy/ItalianF-35SpecialReport1

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.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/VMX22/VMX22LeatherneckOctober2013

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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Perspective

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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Renorming

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.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/F-35/Radar/F-35Radar

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.

http://www.sldinfo.com/defense-security-publications/

 

 

 

SIP 1

The first SIP report dealt with the dynamics of change in China and the potential impact of a nuclear Iran.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/StrategicInflectionPoints%20May%202012/

SIP 2

The second SIP report dealt with the Euro crisis and its impact on global dynamics and relations.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/StrategicInflectionPoints-July2012

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.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/TheChallengeofMaritimeSecurity

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.

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/AirMobility

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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JNI

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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JFQ

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.

Download the PDF version of the full publication here>>

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:

http://sldinfo.com/flipbooks/3DWarriorFirstEdition

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