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The Norwegian Navy and Shaping Air-Sea Integration for Norwegian Defense

02/24/2017  The head of the Norwegian Navy looks at the way ahead for Norwegian defense.   Read More >>

The Changing Norwegian Strategic Environment: The Perspective of the Norwegian Defense Minister (Updated)

02/23/2017  Norway is in an especially interesting and perhaps precarious situation or put another way is at the crossroads of 21st century history.   Read More >>

Why Not Buy Wedgetail and Move Out Beyond AWACS: Coming Terms with a 5th Generation Enabled Force

02/22/2017  Buy Wedgetail rather than upgrade yesterday's technology.   Read More >>

Sec Def Mattis at Munich Security Conference

02/20/2017  Sec Def Mattis speaks at the Munich Security Conference.   Read More >>

F22 Raptors Arrive in Australia

02/19/2017  F22 Raptors Arrive in Australia for exercises.   Read More >>

Norway, National Defense and Allied Collaboration: The Next Phase

02/16/2017  "We have to take Northern European defense seriously in the wake of Russian actions, capabilities and unpredictability" ...   Read More >>

Social Turbulence and Promise Lost: The Case of Two Scholars of Brazilian History and the 1960s

02/16/2017  To read today’s press you would think that the coming of Donald Trump is a shock beyond recognition.   Read More >>

The Challenge of Shaping a 21st Century Integrated Force for the Extended Defense of Norway: The Perspective of Lt. General Rune Jakobsen

02/16/2017  The commander of the Norwegian Joint Forces underscored the crucial need to have a very credible and high threshold against any power that thought about attacking Norway.   Read More >>

Canada, National Defense and Article III of the NATO Treaty: Canada in Default?

02/16/2017  Canada needs to pay regards to Article III if it wants Article V protection.   Read More >>

The Norwegian Airpower Conference, 2017: Shaping a Way Ahead for Norwegian and Northern Tier Defense

02/16/2017  What one saw with the Norwegian presentations and discussions was a clear focus on shaping a new approach to national defense.   Read More >>

F-35 at Red Flag: Renorming of Airpower in Process

02/15/2017  Lessons being learned at Red Flag 17-1.   Read More >>

F-35 B Course Pilots Prepare for Combat

02/15/2017  USAF F-35 pilots prepare for combat deployments.   Read More >>

Merlin's in the Future of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier

02/14/2017  The Crownests onboard Merlin helicopters will act as the eyes and ears for the Royal Navy’s ships, providing long range air, maritime and land detection and tracking capability.   Read More >>

UK and Italian Defense Cooperation

02/14/2017  During a visit to Italy, the UK Minister of Defence focuses on common efforts to secure European borders at sea in the Mediterranean.   Read More >>

Iraq, ISIS, and Shaping a Brighter Future

02/13/2017  How can the US navigate the current situation in Iraq to accelerate the destruction of ISIS? ...   Read More >>

President Trump Faces First Asian Challenges: The North Korean Missile Launch

02/12/2017  North Korea continues progress with regard to its nuclear program.   Read More >>

The Transformation of Norwegian Defense: Germany, Norway and Submarine Acquisition

02/12/2017  One of the new platforms Norway is adding to its force will be new German built submarines.   Read More >>

In Brief

RAAF C-130J at Exercise Red Flag

02/21/2017  Credit:RAAF C-130J at Exercise Red Flag ...   Read More >>

The Strategic Shift to Deal with Border Security

02/20/2017  Video :The Strategic Shift to Deal with Border Security ...   Read More >>

U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General Joint Statement

02/20/2017  Video:U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General Joint Statement ...   Read More >>

USN-USMC Team in the Indo-Pac AOR

02/19/2017  Video :USN-USMC Team in the Indo-Pac AOR ...   Read More >>

Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017

02/18/2017  Slideshow:Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017 ...   Read More >>

Ballistic Missile Intercept via SM-3

02/15/2017  Video:Ballistic Missile Intercept via SM-3 ...   Read More >>

Damage Control Exercises as Important Part of Crew Readiness in Operations

02/10/2017  Video: Damage Control Exercises as Important Part of Crew Readiness in Operations ...   Read More >>

F-35B Refueling

02/07/2017  Video:F-35B Refueling ...   Read More >>

A Ukrainian Power Plant Under Cyber Attack

02/05/2017  Video:A Ukrainian Power Plant Under Cyber Attack ...   Read More >>

A-29 Super Tucanos for the Counter-Insurgency Fight

02/05/2017  Video:A-29 Super Tucanos for the Counter-Insurgency Fight ...   Read More >>

Secretary of State Tillerson Addresses State Department

02/04/2017  Video:Secretary of State Tillerson Addresses State Department ...   Read More >>

US Sec Def and ROK Minister of Defense Press Conference

02/04/2017  Video:US Sec Def and ROK Minister of Defense Press Conference ...   Read More >>

Operation MANITOU Update

02/02/2017  Slideshow:HMAS Arunta in Operation MANITOU ...   Read More >>

Inspecting a C-130: Time Lapse Video

02/01/2017  Video:Inspecting a C-130: Time Lapse Video ...   Read More >>

Remembering a B-17 Mission: Or How You Get Awarded Two Medals of Honor and Seven Distinguished Service Crosses

02/01/2017  Video:Remembering a B-17 Mission ...   Read More >>

Australia Day Festivities in Sydney: HMAS Canberra as Centerpiece to Salute to Australia

01/30/2017  Slideshow:HMAS Canberra as Centerpiece to Salute to Australia ...   Read More >>

Marine Corps Video Overview on the Arrival of the Green Knights in Japan

01/22/2017  The Marines provide a video story on the arrival of the Green Knights in Japan.   Read More >>

Presidential Inauguration Flyover for President Trump: The First Since 1946

01/20/2017  USAF four-ship formation is seen in preparation for fly over for the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.   Read More >>

System Qualification Trials onboard HMAS Melbourne

01/19/2017  Video: System Qualification Trials onboard HMAS Melbourne ...   Read More >>

Australia’s New Centre for Defence Industry Capability Opens

01/18/2017  Video:Australia’s New Centre for Defence Industry Capability Opens ...   Read More >>

Aussie Patrol Boat Training for Border Security

01/17/2017  Video:Aussie Patrol Boat Training for Border Security ...   Read More >>

Steel Knight 2017

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The Air Force Association’s 33rd Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition themed “C2 and Fusion Warfare” is one of the nation’s premier events for defense and aerospace professionals from across the United States and abroad.  AFA brings together Air Force senior leaders including; the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff, Major Command Commanders, and many more.

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Defense & Security Publications

Rethinking China Policy

This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.

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The Integration of the F-35B into USMC Operations

This special report provides an update on the introduction and integration of the F-35B into evolving USMC operations.

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Visiting RAF Lossiemouth: The RAF Shapes a Way Ahead

The RAF is in transition and RAF Lossiemouth is a key base where it is taking place.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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