06/26/2016 – The USAF and the RAF will operate their F-35s within a few miles of each other based in RAF Marham and RAF Lakenheath.
Flying the same aircraft in the same airspace and with the colocation of maintenance facilities provides an overall opportunity to shape a common approach, a common culture, and extensive synergies between two operating forces.
And the two forces can provide an interactive base to work with the close proximity neighbors, the Dutch, the Danes and the Norwegians who will also fly the same aircraft. ...
06/26/2016 – According to presentations at the 2016 Airbus Defence and Space Trade Media Brief, the company is positioning itself for expansion in the civil marketplace.
Yet without changes in the air traffic control systems, the use of commercial systems will be severely limited.
06/26/2016 – Second Line of Defense attended the Airbus Defence and Space Trade Media Brief held in Munich, Germany on June 20 and 21st 2016.
The brief on the A330 MRTT was different from past presentations to the media at the annual Trade Media Briefing.
Rather than comparing the aircraft to others in the marketplace, it was an overview on the operational experience of the global fleet, which is a measure of the progress of the program itself. ...
06/20/2016 – "I had extensive experience with the P-3s and worked closely throughout with foreign military’s Air Forces or Navy’s.
This collaborative foundation will be carried forward with the P-8/Triton community." ...
06/19/2016 – The Chinese have already driven a deeper defense relationship between the two most important Pacific naval powers in the 20th century and now are putting the Indians in play as well.
The Malabar 2016 exercise currently underway is doing just that, enhancing the joint interoperability capabilities of the three forces. ...
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>>
06/19/2016 The global defense trade reached a record-breaking $65 billion in 2015. Read More >>
06/16/2016 Gulshan Luthra of India Strategic looks at the evolving Indian-US relationship and its implications for the defense domain. Read More >>
06/14/2016 HMAS Adelaide participated in Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 (EX SE16). Read More >>
06/13/2016 Red Flag-Alaska 16-2 is being held from June 2-17, 2016. Read More >>
06/13/2016 In a discussion with maintainers from VP-16, we focused on the opportunities and challenges of working with a new aircraft based on a commercial design. ... Read More >>
06/13/2016 The deployed KC-30A achieved a new milestone in its Middle East operation. Read More >>
06/12/2016 The predicate for the K is 21st century aircraft materials, systems and approaches. Read More >>
06/11/2016 During our visit to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, we had a chance to talk with Lt. Alan Tucker, the VP-16 Squadron Maritime Tactics Instructor. Read More >>
06/11/2016 The Sea Series of Exercises will test and evaluate the new amphibs preparedness as the core capability within Australia’s Amphibious Force. Read More >>
06/10/2016 Russia has its own pivot going on in the Pacific which involves both a military buildup and leveraging the Chinese dynamic in the Pacific. Read More >>
06/10/2016 Here we highlight some articles, which provide insights into various aspects of the standing up and operation of the P-8/Triton capability. Read More >>
06/08/2016 To move from a program which exists on paper to one which exits in practice is a challenge. Read More >>
06/08/2016 It is clear when you visit P-8/Triton Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN that the Navy is building their new maritime domain awareness capabilities from the ground up. Read More >>
06/08/2016 VP-16 has deployments under its belt and is getting ready for the transition with Triton and operating worldwide with other P-8 allies. Read More >>
06/07/2016 Dutch F-35s which have been part of the Edwards AFB test community have crossed the Atlantic and arrived in the Netherlands for tests and an air show. Read More >>
06/05/2016 Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight. Read More >>
06/05/2016 Inside a technological family of systems there is also an interchangeable family of combat crews. Read More >>
06/03/2016 How will the Pentagon enhance its ability to purchase "trusted" electronics? ... Read More >>
06/27/2016 Video:Army Logisticians Conduct Weapons Training at Sea ... Read More >>
06/25/2016 Video:K-MAX Helicopters Arrive at MCAS Yuma ... Read More >>
06/20/2016 Video:F-16 Flying with F-35 at Luke AFB ... Read More >>
06/15/2016 Video:HMAS Perth First Deployment to the Middle East ... Read More >>
06/15/2016 Video:Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron ... Read More >>
06/12/2016 Video: Aussie Vietnam Veterans Return Home: The Repatriation of the Remains of 33 Aussie Servicemen ... Read More >>
06/11/2016 Video:DST Partnership Week ... Read More >>
06/10/2016 Video:MSC's USNS Charles Drew Conducts Trilateral Replenishment-at-Sea ... Read More >>
06/10/2016 Video:Aussies Working with Malaysians ... Read More >>
06/09/2016 Video:Wrap Up of Exercise Jackaroo 2016 ... Read More >>
06/07/2016 Video:RPA Eye in the Sky Watches Da’esh Fighters ... Read More >>
06/06/2016 Video:B-52s in Baltops 2016 ... Read More >>
06/05/2016 Video:Mirage Refueled by USAF ... Read More >>
06/01/2016 Video:C-130 to Osprey Cargo Transfer ... 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 >>
The Italians fly the first F-35 across the Atlantic....Read More>>
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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.
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.
The Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force
The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.
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.
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.
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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