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The Coming of the F-35: The Services and Partners Get Ready

This report looks at the services and the allies as they prepare to introduce the F-35 and to begin to transform their airpower capabilities.

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HMAS Perth Docks for Maintenance

08/27/2015  Video:HMAS Perth Docks for Maintenance ...   Read More >>

Shaping Deterrence in Depth Strategy: The Key Role of Focused Partnerships and Multilateralism

08/26/2015  In an interview with William Wesley, who works partnerships for PACFLEET, the way ahead in working collective security and defense in the Pacific is the focus of attention.   Read More >>

PACFLEET Commander Discusses the Pacific

08/25/2015  Video:PACFLEET Commander Discusses the Pacific ...   Read More >>

RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3

08/25/2015  "Our RED FLAG exercise is different than Nellis' mostly due to terrain and space available." ...   Read More >>

An Additional Tool To Support Amphibious Ops: The Elevated Causeway System-Modular

08/25/2015  The Navy is building the Elevated Causeway System-Modular (ELCAS-M) on Anzio Beach at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story through September 2015.   Read More >>

How to Change the VA to Deliver Quality Services: Facing the Challenge

08/25/2015  It is now time, even if Fox missed the opportunity, to ask what will the next President do to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs? ...   Read More >>

Shaping a 21st Century Pacific Force: Perspectives from PACFLEET

08/24/2015  PACFLEET is focused on shaping a more effective force, one which can operate over an extended battlespace.   Read More >>

Shaping an Amphibious Coalition: An Interview with Brigadier General Mahoney, Deputy MARFORPAC

08/22/2015  Deputy MARFORPAC highlighted USMC and USN efforts in their evolving approach to shaping a coalition among amphibious nations in the Pacific.   Read More >>

F-35s at Beaufort Air Station: The B as a Strategic Asset

08/22/2015  The B provides significant strategic advantages to having to rely on fixed airfields, as is being discovered by the USAF operating off of Turkish airfields.   Read More >>

The Key Role of Military Sealift Command in the Pacific: An Update from Hawaii

08/22/2015  A major shift is underway as well with the Navy and Marine Corps looking to distribute forces over the Pacific.   Read More >>

India's Choice: Rafale, Su-35 or HAL Tejas?

08/18/2015  The Indian fighter deal is in flux again.   Read More >>

Shaping an Operational Strategy in the Pacific: An Interview with Rear Admiral John Aquilino

08/18/2015  PACFLEET’s Director of Maritime Operations provides an overview on the way ahead.   Read More >>

Multi-Mission Warfare (MMW) Events 1-4

08/16/2015  MDA conducts 4 key Aegis tests for BMD.   Read More >>

62nd Fighter Squadron Gets First F-35s

08/16/2015  Video:62nd Fighter Squadron Gets First F-35s ...   Read More >>

Plan Jericho Workshop, Canberra, Australia: The RAAF Focuses on Joint Combat Transformation

08/14/2015  The Williams Foundation held a one-day workshop in Canberra on RAAF Plan Jericho: Design-Led Innovation.   Read More >>

Keeping Danish F-16s in the Fight: Three Lessons

08/13/2015  Can Danish allies find ways to help Denmark keep their F-16s in the fight? ...   Read More >>

Working Digital Interoperability: A Natural RAAF and USMC Sweet Spot for Cross-Learning

08/11/2015  The RAAF is working its C-130 fleet to become a more effective force engaged a transformed joint force approach..   Read More >>

Combat Transformation, and the Amphibious Force: A PACFLEET Marine Corps Perspective.

08/11/2015  The transformation of the amphibious fleet is a key driver for change in the Pacific.   Read More >>

In Brief

US Coast Guard Trains with Canadian Navy

08/27/2015  Slideshow:US Coast Guard Trains with Canadian Navy ...   Read More >>

SPMAGTF-SC Marines board CH-53E

08/25/2015  Video:SPMAGTF-SC Marines board CH-53E ...   Read More >>

Explaining the Role of the Elevated Causeway System-Modular

08/25/2015  The ELCAS-M can be built out to 3,000 feet and can be configured to accommodate the ships needed to support an operation.   Read More >>

MSC Resupply of USS Essex

08/23/2015  Slideshow:MSC Resupply of USS Essex ...   Read More >>

Harrier Take Off Aboard USS Bonhomme Richard

08/20/2015  Credit:Harrier Take Off ...   Read More >>

Marines Fly Over Northern Mariana Islands

08/19/2015  Slideshow:Marines Fly Over Northern Mariana Islands ...   Read More >>

Marines, Osprey Participates in Spanish Air Festival

08/18/2015  Video:Marines, Osprey Participate in Spanish Air Festival ...   Read More >>

Harriers Practice Short Takeoff and Vertical Landings at Sea

08/17/2015  Video:Harriers Practice Short Takeoff and Vertical Landings at Sea ...   Read More >>

CH-46E Final Flight

08/17/2015  Video:CH-46E Final Flight ...   Read More >>

MV-22 Osprey Lands on French Naval Ship

08/16/2015  Video:MV-22 Osprey Lands on French Naval Ship ...   Read More >>

B-2s Practice Hot-Pit Refueling

08/14/2015  Video:B-2s Practice Hot-Pit Refueling ...   Read More >>

U-2 Dragon Ladies landing at RAF Fairford

08/11/2015  Video:U-2 Dragon Ladies landing at RAF Fairford ...   Read More >>

U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Soldiers Practice MV-22 External Cargo Lifts

08/08/2015  Video:U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Soldiers Practice MV-22 External Cargo Lifts ...   Read More >>

USS Theodore Roosevelt Operations

08/05/2015  Slideshow:USS Theodore Roosevelt Operations ...   Read More >>

Crescent Reach 15

08/03/2015  Video:Crescent Reach 15 ...   Read More >>

3rd MAW Ospreys In Support of Insertion Force

08/01/2015  Video:3rd MAW Ospreys In Support of Insertion Force ...   Read More >>

Fueling Partnerships: U.S. Marines, Spanish Pilots Test Aerial-Refueling Capabilities

07/30/2015  Video:Fueling Partnerships: U.S. Marines, Spanish Pilots Test Aerial-Refueling Capabilities ...   Read More >>

2nd Division Centenary Parade

07/27/2015  Video:2nd Division Centenary Parade ...   Read More >>

USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Operate with Malaysian Royal Navy

07/27/2015  Video:USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Operate with Malaysian Royal Navy ...   Read More >>

Thunderbirds Fly over Niagara Falls

07/26/2015  Slideshow:Thunderbirds Fly over Niagara Falls ...   Read More >>

KC-130J Training for SP-MAGTF

07/25/2015  Slideshow:KC-130J Training for SP-MAGTF ...   Read More >>

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46

07/23/2015  Video:Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46 ...   Read More >>

Night Vision Fuel Transport

07/20/2015  Video:Night Vision Fuel Transport in support of Operation Inherent Resolve ...   Read More >>

F-35 Four Ship Take Offs and Landing at Eglin AFB

07/18/2015  Video:F-35 Four Ship Take Offs and Landing at Eglin AFB ...   Read More >>

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Air Refueling of F-35s

06/19/2015 –  F-35s from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Being Air Refueled ...Read More>>

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JAPCC

The Joint Air Power Com­petence Centre (JAPCC), a NATO Centre of Excellence, is holding its 2015  Air and Space Power Conference in Essen, Germany from 23 – 25 November.

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AFA

The Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition is truly a one-of-a-kind event where AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia, and current aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today.

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France and India

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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Seabasing: Annual Report fro Program Objective Memorandum 2017

The Seabasing Annual Report for POM 2017 provides an update to the modernization of the amphibious fleet and task force.

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). An integrated global fleet of F-35s is a key asset for shaping joint and coalition capabilities for 21st century combat operations.

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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Promoting Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation: The Contribution of Kazakhstan: An E-Book

In this e-book, Richard Weitz examines the leadership role which Kazakhstan has taken in the area of nuclear security.

This report looks at the reasons behind the commitment and the role, which Kazakhstan is playing to shape a way ahead in a contested world.

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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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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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Tron Warfare

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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Flight Training: Cuts Threaten Capabilities and Mission Success

In this article published by Front Line Defence, the challenge of dealing with training cuts on evolving aviation capabilities and mission success is the focus of attention.

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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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An Update on the A400M, April 2015

Visits to the A400M multinational training center at Seville and at the Bricy Air Base in France provide an operational perspective on the roll out of the A400M.

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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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Expeditionary Force 21

Expeditionary Force 21 is the actionable plan published by the USMC in 2014 to shape scalable modular forces for global presence and engagement.

The goal is to “provide timely and scalable forces for crisis response, allowing commanders to tailor force footprints to evolving situations and effectively composite modular MAGTFs by combining forward-deployed forces with rapidly deploying forces.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 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

 

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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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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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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