Featured Article

View ALL>>

SLD SPECIAL REPORTS

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

In this Special Report, Richard Weitz looks at the role of Kazakhstan in pursuing and promoting nuclear security.Download PDF Now>>

What's New

Eagle Resolve 2015: US and Kuwaiti Forces in Amphibious Training Exercises

03/30/2015  Video:Eagle Resolve 2015: US and Kuwaiti Forces in Amphibious Training Exercises ...   Read More >>

HMAS Canberra Going Through Its Paces: Boarding Team Training

03/29/2015  HMAS Canberra is the latest addition to the Royal Australian Navy and introduces amphibious capability to the force.   Read More >>

NATO at a Testpoint in History: NATO Leaders Address the NATO Transformation Seminar

03/27/2015  NATO is under clear pressure as both the challenges of direct defense and operations in the Middle East are pressing in.   Read More >>

Looking Back: USMC Ospreys and Harriers Aboard the HMS Illustrious

03/27/2015  The first Ospreys to land on a foreign warship landed on HMS Illustrious in 2007.   Read More >>

Visiting the USS Arlington (LPD-24): With An Eye Towards LXR

03/27/2015  Why not leverage the know how of building that ship with transitioning to a new build configuration of a successful ship class? ...   Read More >>

Osprey Proof of Concept Flight to Sasebo, Japan

03/25/2015  Slideshow:Osprey Proof of Concept Flight to Sasebo, Japan ...   Read More >>

The USS Theodore Roosevelt Anchors off of Portsmouth

03/25/2015  In its around the world deployment, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored off of Portsmouth on its round the world deployment.   Read More >>

Why Putin's Showdown with the West Worsen

03/25/2015  The West ignores Putin at its own peril.   Read More >>

New Swedish Submarine as Part of Swedish Defense Effort for Baltic Defense

03/24/2015  With enhanced Russian activity in the region, Sweden is bolstering its defense efforts.   Read More >>

French Forces Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis in Vanuatu

03/24/2015  French forces along with several allied air and naval forces are joining in to aid the population of Vanuatu in the wake of a major natural disaster.   Read More >>

Italian International Defense Missions: An Update from Defense Minister Pinotti

03/24/2015  The Italian military provides an important capability for Italy to respond to international crises but which are under pressure from economic stringencies.   Read More >>

Brazilian Impasse: Political Gridlock in Brasilia

03/23/2015  Is Brazilian democratic stability at risk? ...   Read More >>

Sixth Soryu Class Submarine Commissioned into Service of JMSDF

03/23/2015  The Japanese and Australians are discussing submarine collaboration as well.   Read More >>

The New Puma Joins the Afghan Airpower Transition

03/23/2015  Western forces maintaining relevant airpower capabilities to provide support to the Afghan airpower transition is an important element of that transition.   Read More >>

The Russian Ambassador to Denmark Threatens the Danes: And?

03/22/2015  The Russian Ambassador tells Denmark: Missile Defense No! ...   Read More >>

The RAAF Deploys to Assist Vanuatu

03/22/2015  Australia and other nations move supplies to provide immediate aid to the cyclone victims in Vanuatu with both air and sea lift.   Read More >>

The UK Royal Air Force in the Pacific: Flying Relief Supplies to Vanuatu

03/21/2015  One thing which long range lift airplanes allow a country to do is to operate globally.   Read More >>

An Update on the F-35 Roll Out as of February 2015: A Conversation with Steve Over

03/20/2015  According to Steve Over, the head of international Business Development for the F-35, the program is on track to deliver around 400 aircraft by 2018 and 600 by 2020.   Read More >>

Next Steps in the F-35 Global Enterprise: Cameri's First F-35A and Norwegian-Australian Collaboration on the Joint Strike Missile

03/20/2015  The F-35 is a 21st century air combat system embedded within a unique global enterprise.   Read More >>

An Update on the F-35B: Art “Turbo” Tomassetti Talks About the Way Ahead

03/20/2015  This interview with "Turbo" Tomassetti provides a look at the way ahead for the USMC IOC of the F-35B.   Read More >>

In Brief

USS Bonhomme Richard LCU Recovery

04/02/2015  Video:USS Bonhomme Richard LCU Recovery ...   Read More >>

Celebrating the 70th Year of History of the USCG Bluebell

04/01/2015  Video:Celebrating the 70th Year of History of the USCG Bluebell ...   Read More >>

Visiting Djibouti: November 2014

03/31/2015  In November 2014, Second Line of Defense Co-Founder, Murielle Delaporte, visited the French and American forces in Djibouti.   Read More >>

Operation Skyfall

03/31/2015  Video:Operation Skyfall ...   Read More >>

HMH-366 External Lift Training

03/30/2015  Video:HMH-366 External Lift Training ...   Read More >>

Eagle Resolve Amphibious Exercise

03/30/2015  Slideshow:Eagle Resolve Amphibious Exercise ...   Read More >>

Talon Reach Long Range Raids

03/29/2015  Highlighting a USMC approach to innovation combing C2 with aviation and infantry innovations to deliver new long range force insertion capabilities.   Read More >>

The Osprey as an Enabler and Connector: First Landing on Republic of Korea Amphibious Assault Ship

03/29/2015  The Japanese, the Australians and the South Koreans are all building amphibious  ships.   Read More >>

USS Houston (SSN 713) Getting Underway

03/28/2015  Video:USS Houston (SSN 713) Getting Underway ...   Read More >>

RAAF C-17s Deliver Blackhawks in Support of Vanuatu Relief Effort

03/26/2015  Video:RAAF C-17s Deliver Blackhawks in Support of Vanuatu Relief Effort ...   Read More >>

Marines with SP-MAGTF Participate in Spanish Relief Exercise

03/26/2015  Video:Marines with SP-MAGTF Participate in Spanish Relief Exercise ...   Read More >>

RAAF Pilot Completes His First F-35A Flight

03/25/2015  Video:RAAF Pilot Completes His First F-35A Flight ...   Read More >>

The USS Theodore Roosevelt Operating Its Air Wing

03/25/2015  Slideshow:The USS Theodore Roosevelt Operating the Current Air Wing ...   Read More >>

Polar Star Returns following Operation Deep Freeze 2015

03/25/2015  Video:Polar Star Returns following Operation Deep Freeze 2015 ...   Read More >>

USS Bonhomme Richard Timelapse Video Leaving Sasebo Harbor

03/25/2015  Video:USS Bonhomme Richard Timelapse Video Leaving Sasebo Harbor ...   Read More >>

USAF 31st Fighter Squadron Train for Baltic Defense

03/25/2015  Video:USAF 31st Fighter Squadron Train for Baltic Defense ...   Read More >>

The Royal Australian Navy Supports Operation Pacific Assist

03/23/2015  Video:The Royal Australian Navy Supports Operation Pacific Assist ...   Read More >>

NATO AWACS Practices Approaches on Chièvres Air Base

03/23/2015  Video:NATO AWACS Practices Approaches on Chièvres Air Base ...   Read More >>

USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) Getting Underway

03/22/2015  Video:USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) Getting Underway ...   Read More >>

C-130J Formation Flies in Australia

03/20/2015  Video:C-130J Formation Flies in Australia ...   Read More >>

USS Mississippi (SSN 782) Getting Underway

03/19/2015  Video:USS Mississippi (SSN 782) Getting Underway ...   Read More >>

Crisis Response Marines Complete Aerial Refueling Mission From Spain

03/17/2015  Video:Crisis Response Marines Complete Aerial Refueling Mission From Spain ...   Read More >>

Marines Board MV-22 Osprey on USS Bonhomme Richard for Airfield Seizure Training

03/17/2015  Video:Marines Board MV-22 Osprey on USS Bonhomme Richard ...   Read More >>

USS America Test Firing Sea Sparrows

03/16/2015  Slideshow:USS America Test Firing Sea Sparrows ...   Read More >>

USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) Getting Underway

03/16/2015  Video:USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) Getting Underway ...   Read More >>

View ALL>>

VIDEOS OF THE MONTH

USN Reservist Flying the F-35B and the F-35C

03/22/2015 –  USN Reserve Pilot Flies the F-35B and the F-35C in the test process.Read More>>

FOCUS INDUSTRIES

A Premium Visibility Opportunity

Special Partners

Shows / Events

Danish Conference

This unique symposium is co-sponsored by The Williams Foundation (Australia) and the Centre for Military Studies (Denmark).

Copenhagen Airpower Symposium<<

SLD+KCIS2015++ad

The 10th Annual Kingston Conference on International Security focuses on the evolving role of robotics in military operations and will be held May 11-13 2015 in Kingston Waters Edge, Ontario.

Robotics and Military Operations<<

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.

National Harbor, MD

Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition 2015

Defense & Security Publications

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 3.37.10 AM

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.

Read the Report<<

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

Read the E-Book<<

 

Weitz Report on Nuclear Security

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.

Read the E-Book<<

 

RAAF Goes to Iraq_Page_2

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.

Read the Article<<

Program_F-35_Italian_perspective_Page_01

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.

Read the Report<<

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.

Read the E-Book<<

 

Training_Page_1

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.

Read the Article<<

A forthcoming article in Front Line Defence discusses a number of the issues presented in the Rome briefing. Credit: Front Line Defence

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.

Read the Article<<

Captain Hall

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.

Read the Article<<

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 3.44.18 AM

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.”

Read the Report<<

KC30A

Extending the Reach of Airpower

In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.

Read the Article<<

 

Distributed Laydown

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

Read the E-Book<<

European Defense Special Report Cover

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.

Read the E-Book<<

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.

Read the Flip Book<<

 

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.

Read the E-Book<<

 

8

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.

Read the Flipbook<<

 

Aftermath of the February 3 cable car accident. Credit Photo: La Stampa, 7/13/11

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.

Download Article Here<<

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.

Download the PDF version of the full publication here>>

jfq-72_88-95_Laird-Timperlake-Delaporte_Page_1

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.

Read the Flipbook<<

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.

Download the PDF >>

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.

Download the PDF version of the Report>>

 

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.

Read the Flipbook<<

 

"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking."

—General George Patton Jr.

©2015 sldInfo. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions.