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Crafting a 21st Century Combat Force: Air Marshal (Retired) Brown Focuses on the Challenge for the United States

04/29/2017  The US is facing some significant barriers to taking full advantage of its new combat systems.   Read More >>

Standing up the P-8/Triton Maritime Domain Strike Enterprise in Australia: Visiting RAAF Edinburgh

04/28/2017  The Aussies are standing up the P-8/Triton dyad at RAAF Edinburgh.   Read More >>

The Point of the Joint Effect: A More Lethal and Survivable Force

04/27/2017  Brigadier General Wainwright emphasizes the consequences of force structure design for combat success or failure.   Read More >>

VMFA-121 Update

04/27/2017  VMFA-121 continues its rollout of the F-35B within USMC concepts of operations.   Read More >>

The Aussies in World War I: Remembrance on ANZAC Day

04/27/2017  The Aussies in World War I: Remembrance on ANZAC Day ...   Read More >>

Focusing on the Joint Effect: Air Marshal Leo Davies and the Way Ahead for the RAAF

04/26/2017  Air Marshal Davies highlights the challenge of disruptive change for the RAAF and the ADF.   Read More >>

ASMD Upgrade Program

04/26/2017  HMAS Parramatta undocking after her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade.   Read More >>

Transitioning to the F-35: The Aussies and the F-35 Global Enterprise

04/26/2017  Cross learning is built into the standup and initial operating experiences from F-35s being concurrently deployed by the US and allies.   Read More >>

Marines Conduct Hot Load Distributed STOVL Operation with F-35B

04/25/2017  Marines Conduct Hot Load Distributed STOVL Operation with F-35B ...   Read More >>

F-35s Arrive at RAF Lakenheath: Process Begins of Standing Up a New NATO Capability

04/25/2017  F-35s Arrive at RAF Lakenheath.   Read More >>

The UN Looking to Cut Air Logistics Support Costs

04/24/2017  The UN plans to cut its air logistics spend.   Read More >>

The Challenge of Shaping Future Capabilities Informing the Evolving Force: The Perspective of Air Commodore Chipman

04/24/2017  The Director General of Capability Planning for the RAAF looks at the way ahead for force integration for the RAAF.   Read More >>

Recent Developments for MBDA: New UK Investments and Progress With Integration Efforts on Typhoon and F-35

04/22/2017  MBDA is a key player in the next phase of the weapons revolution.   Read More >>

Norway, the F-35 and the Arrival of USAF F-35s at Lakenheath

04/22/2017  The arrival of USAF F-35s at RAF Lakenheath for training exercises is viewed as a logical step towards building out defense in the region.   Read More >>

Buy America or Defense Transformation?

04/22/2017  America cannot apply Buy America provisions on a widescale basis and buy the best weapons.   Read More >>

UK Maritime Forces Onboard French Task Force Visit Vietnam

04/22/2017  60 Royal Navy and Royal Marines are currently aboard French assault ship FS Mistral in the Far East.   Read More >>

UK Government Contracts for 6th Astute Class Attack Submarine

04/22/2017  UK issues contract for 6th Astute Nuclear Attack submarine.   Read More >>

The 15th MEU & America ARG Take Next Steps in Deployment Preparation

04/22/2017  Todd Miller revisits the 15th MEU to look at its latest workup for deployment.   Read More >>

The Challenge of Designing an Integrated 21st Century Combat Force: Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn (Retired) Looks at the Way Ahead

04/21/2017  John Blackburn discusses the way ahead for designing an integrated force rather than doing after platform acquisition connectivity and calling that joint.   Read More >>

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Atlantic Trident 17 Patrouille de France Demo Team

04/27/2017  Patrouille de France performs during the Trilateral Exercise held at Langley AFB during April 2017.   Read More >>

F-35s at Atlantic Trident 2017

04/26/2017  Video:F-35s at Atlantic Trident 2017 ...   Read More >>

Neptune Falcon 2017

04/26/2017  Video: B2s in Neptune Falcon 2017 ...   Read More >>

Refueling F-35s on European Deployment

04/26/2017  Video:Refueling F-35s on European Deployment ...   Read More >>

The 75th Anniversary of the Dootlittle Tokyo Raids

04/25/2017  Video:The 75th Anniversary of the Dootlittle Tokyo Raids ...   Read More >>

ADA Assists in Aussie Disaster Relief

04/25/2017  Video:ADA Assists in Aussie Disaster Relief ...   Read More >>

CH-53E Tactics Training (2)

04/21/2017  Video:CH-53E Tactics Training (2) ...   Read More >>

CH-53E Tactics Training

04/19/2017  Video:CH-53E Tactics Training ...   Read More >>

Southcom Commander Interview

04/18/2017  Video:Southcom Commander Interview ...   Read More >>

CV-22 Trains Aboard LHD

04/17/2017  Video:CV-22 Trains Aboard LHD ...   Read More >>

Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force

04/15/2017  Video:Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force North-West Mobile Force.   Read More >>

Exercise Diamond Shield

04/14/2017  Slideshow:Exercise Diamond Shield ...   Read More >>

Maintaining F-22 Low Observability

04/02/2017  Video:Maintaining F-22 Low Observability ...   Read More >>

Evolving Expeditionary Experience for RAF Typhoons: Exercising in Malaysia, 2016

04/02/2017  RAF Typhoons have been building out their expeditionary experience and capabilities.   Read More >>

RAF and RAAF Collaboration at Bersama Lima 2016

03/30/2017  These photos highlight UK and Australian cooperation at a key exercise in Asia last year.   Read More >>

RAAF Weapons Strike Against Daesh

03/30/2017  Video:RAAF Weapons Strike Against Daesh ...   Read More >>

RAF Typhoons at Red Flag

03/29/2017  In the most recent Red Flag, Typhoons demonstrated that they were a very capable complement to the F-35s coming to the RAF.   Read More >>

Voyagers and Typhoons: Shaping a Global Expeditionary Capability for the RAF

03/29/2017   The Typhoons came with a single Voyager to support the exercise in Japan last Fall.   Read More >>

6 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth

03/29/2017  We will report on our recent discussions with 6th Squadron at Lossie soon.  For now here are some signature photos.   Read More >>

F-35 Pacific Symposium

03/18/2017  Video:F-35 Pacific Symposium ...   Read More >>

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Japan Talks About North Korea

03/18/2017  Video:Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Japan Talks About North Korea ...   Read More >>

U2 Reconnaissance Platform in War Against ISIS

03/16/2017  Video:U2 Reconnaissance Platform in War Against ISIS ...   Read More >>

Exercising an Insertion Force

03/15/2017  The Marines are evolving ways to augment and enhance the capability of the insertion force.   Read More >>

FARP Support

03/11/2017  Video:FARP Support ...   Read More >>

Helo Refueling Exercise

03/10/2017  Video:Helo Refueling Exercise ...   Read More >>

Growler Arrives in Australia

03/09/2017  Video:Growler Arrives in Australia ...   Read More >>

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F-35s Arrive at RAF Lakenheath: Process Begins of Standing Up a New NATO Capability

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The 2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference will be held from 10-12 October 2017 in Essen Germany.

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Defense & Security Publications

Norway Shaping Its 21st Century Defence

This article published in Front Line Defence, Vol. 14, No 2., 2017 looks at Norway’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.

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Integrated Air and Missile Defence Study: The Challenge of Integrated Force Design

This Williams Foundation Report examines IAMD as a case study of how one might design an integrated force by design rather than doing so post-acquisition of platforms.

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Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense

This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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