08/17/2017 – The Navy goes through a series of training cycles.
If fully equipped and funded for each phase of the training cycle, then all the training tasks can be accomplished and when the aviator moves to the next phase they do not need to learn tasks which they should have learned earlier.
But because of readiness shortfalls, the catch up in each phase of training has become a regular challenge.
08/16/2017 – Mobility Guardian 2017 is a lift and tanking exercise designed to enhance the training of US and allied crews in terms of operating in contested airspace.
We have upcoming interviews conducted during the current visit to Australia which will further discuss both exercises and the enhanced training of the RAAF for operations in contested airspace. ...
08/15/2017 – ”If we have a light attack aircraft we can take some of that burden [off our 4th and 5th Gen fighters].”
“We can take our 4th and 5th Gen force and go back to training for major [high intensity] combat operations.”
“If we deploy our 4th and 5th Gen aircraft less we can restore our readiness to acceptable levels.” ...
08/15/2017 – “We have a very slow acquisition process."
"We must leverage ever more effective training for integrated operations and to develop the TPPs that allow us to prevail in combat.'
08/12/2017 – According to Wing Commander Ed Horne, Number 70 Squadron commanding officer, RAF Brize Norton, U.K “[Mobility Guardian] will demonstrate to our partners that the A400M Atlas is a really capable platform.”
“It’s also of benefit to me and my guys to be meeting people from all over the world that we might well be operating with in a real-world scenario in the future.
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08/17/2017 The Australian Navy is preparing for a new role for unmanned underwater systems in the counter-mine mission. Read More >>
08/17/2017 The E-2D is the latest variant of the long-running E-2 Hawkeye series of aircraft. Read More >>
08/17/2017 Captain Leif “Weed” Steinbaugh, Director of Training at NAWDC, provided us an overview to the facility and to the changes at NAWDC since we last visited Fallon Naval Air Station ... Read More >>
08/16/2017 The USAF leaderhip is touting the light attack aircraft competition as the harbinger of change. Read More >>
08/15/2017 In this interview with the head of NAWDC., Admiral “Hi Fi” Harris, the focus and way ahead is the focus of attention. Read More >>
08/15/2017 There is a significant strategic opportunity to leverage and learn from allies as they develop and deploy their combat forces. Read More >>
08/14/2017 During our recent visit to NAWDC, we had a chance to talk with the leadership of N-10 or HAVOC as it is known at NAWDC. Read More >>
08/14/2017 The E-2D is a key element off reshaping how the Navy is working the digital battlespace. Read More >>
08/12/2017 Mobility Guardian aims to enhance the U.S. and allied military's global response force. Read More >>
08/12/2017 Do the ICBM basing plans of DPRK reveal an offensive nuclear first strike strategy being put into place? ... Read More >>
08/11/2017 One of the entrants in the USAF light attack aircraft experiment is from Textron Defense with its clean sheet build Light Combat Jet, multi-mission aircraft, the Scorpion. Read More >>
08/10/2017 The Canadians are participating in the Mobility Guardian 2017 global lift and support exercise. Read More >>
08/10/2017 The best way to remember Dunkirk is to ensure that we do not need to repeat it. Read More >>
08/09/2017 In this interview with Lt. General Michael Hood, COS of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the current ASW capabilities of Canada was the focus of attention. Read More >>
08/09/2017 Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA 211 is the second Marine Corps Squadron to participate in Red Flag. Read More >>
08/08/2017 Maximizing effective use of U.S. and allied weapons investments is crucial to provide for new weapons. Read More >>
08/07/2017 Exercise Talisman Saber is the largest combined, joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Read More >>
07/31/2017 Ron Maxwell looks at the challenge of setting in motion change in US foreign and defense policy. Read More >>
08/17/2017 Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Elephant Walk ... Read More >>
08/17/2017 Video:33rd Fighter Wing Returns after Red Flag 17-3 ... Read More >>
08/15/2017 VIDEO:CH-53E Training ... Read More >>
08/13/2017 Video:Repairing the Memphis Belle ... Read More >>
08/12/2017 The A400M with the French and Royal Air Forces came for the first time to Mobility Guardian 2017. Read More >>
08/12/2017 Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Building the Drop Payload ... Read More >>
08/11/2017 Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Building the Drop Payload ... Read More >>
08/09/2017 Video:Marine Corps Operating Concept and the Shift from Slo Mo War ... Read More >>
08/08/2017 Video:Aeromedical Evacuation Training ... Read More >>
08/07/2017 Video:HMAS Canberra in Talisman Saber 17 ... Read More >>
08/06/2017 Dr. David Wayne and his team are developing sensor suites to be used on low size, weight and power consuming nano-satellites. Read More >>
08/06/2017 Video:F-22 Flightline ... Read More >>
08/03/2017 The Chief Engineer for Enhanced Polar Systems Gateway at SSC Pacific discusses his work. Read More >>
08/02/2017 Scientist at Space SSC Pacific discusses what he and his team are doing to advance wireless underwater power transfer technologies. Read More >>
08/01/2017 Engineer at SSC Pacific discusses his work in developing autonomous amphibious vehicles for the US Navy. Read More >>
07/31/2017 The 2017 Ford GT Supercar contains more code than the F-35. Read More >>
07/31/2017 The F-35 fleet has flown more than 100,000 flight hours. Read More >>
07/29/2017 Army researchers are looking for new ways to give situational awareness to Soldiers on the battlefield of the ... Read More >>
07/24/2017 The modest sized US bomber force has been busy in the Pacific. Read More >>
07/23/2017 Video:HMAS Arunta Completes Deployment to the Middle East ... Read More >>
07/22/2017 RAAF Amberley is playing a key role in supporting Talisman Saber 2017 ... Read More >>
07/22/2017 Video:The RIAT Airshow 2017 ... Read More >>
07/21/2017 A Time Lapse Video Look at Building the USS Gerald R. Ford ... Read More >>
07/21/2017 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) participates in Talisman Saber 17. Read More >>
08/07/2017 – UMSC and Red Flag 17-3.Read More>>
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Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense
This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.
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.
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.
Rethinking China Policy
This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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.
New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration
The Williams Foundation sponsored a seminar with regard to the way ahead on force integration.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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