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New Approaches to Air-Land Integration: A Williams Seminar on 5th Generation Enabled Combat Operations

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>>

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Italians Continue Their Flight Path Across the Atlantic: 2nd and 3rd Italian Built F-35s Arrive at Luke AFB

05/26/2016  Italians have now flown their 2nd and 3rd Italian built F-35s to Luke AFB across the Atlantic to go with their February flight.   Read More >>

Continued Progress on Missile Defense

05/26/2016  Aegis Baseline 9.C1 (BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade) tested against medium range ballistic missile.   Read More >>

RAF Typhoons Scramble Against Incoming Russian Aircraft

05/22/2016  RAF Typhoons are participating in the current NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission.   Read More >>

Reshaping Operational and Training Approaches: Airpower Led Combat Innovation

05/22/2016  A look at some of the rethinking about air operations and training induced or enhanced by the coming of the F-35.   Read More >>

RAF's Airbus Tanker at Pax River: Working with the F-35B

05/21/2016  The RAF has flown its Voyager to Pax River to work with the F-35B following the Aussie lead.   Read More >>

Visiting the Pax River F-35 Integrated Task Force: Todd Miller Provides an Update

05/20/2016  If the critics were as self-aware as the F-35, reporting would be significantly more balanced.   Read More >>

Leveraging the RAF Marham and RAF Lakenheath Strategic Opportunity: The USAF and the RAF Shape 21st Operational Capabilities

05/20/2016  With the RAF and the USAF setting up F-35 squadrons at two nearby RAF bases, there is a clear opportunity to shape a common sustainment solution.   Read More >>

Australia Takes a Step Closer to Hypersonic Flight

05/19/2016  An Australian-United States team has successfully completed an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range.   Read More >>

Canada and the F-35: The Danish Decision Provides a Way Ahead for Regional Defense

05/19/2016  The Danes not only took a decision in their own defense are putting in place a building block for regional defense, including of Canada.   Read More >>

The Indian Air Force Participates in Red Flag 16

05/18/2016  The Indian Air Force participated in the most recent Red Flag exercise in Alaska.   Read More >>

The Danish Fighter Decision and Its Significance

05/18/2016  Put it blunt terms, choosing a new combat fighter was not a beauty contest but part of building effective deterrence against threats near and far.   Read More >>

Building Schools in Vietnam: Vietnam Veterans Contribute to Vietnam's Future

05/17/2016  With President Obama visiting Vietnam, it is now time for a celebration of a very successful bipartisan pro-bono effort to help build elementary schools in Vietnam.   Read More >>

Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System

05/16/2016  Video depicting inside the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) at NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY DEVESELU, Romania.  ...   Read More >>

Brazil in Political Crisis: A New Interim President Comes to Power

05/15/2016  What does Michel Temer's Presidency mean for Brazil? ...   Read More >>

The NATO Joint Air Power Competence Center Examines 5th Generation Enabled Air Power: Air Warfare in a Networked Environment

05/15/2016  How will enhanced communication networks working with the co-evolution of new and legacy platforms reshape operations and mission effectiveness?< ...   Read More >>

NATO Missile Defense System: Next Steps?

05/15/2016  The next U.S. administration will need to take the lead in deciding where to direct the NATO BMD program after 2018.   Read More >>

Shaping a Way Ahead for the F-35 in UK Defence: The Perspective of Air Commodore Harvey Smyth

05/15/2016  The UK's lead officer on introducing the F-35 into the RAF talks about the way ahead.   Read More >>

In Brief

Exercise Southern Jackaroo

05/26/2016  Video:Exercise Southern Jackaroo ...   Read More >>

The Venom in an Aerial Gunnery Refinement Exercise

05/25/2016  Video:The Venom in an Aerial Gunnery Refinement Exercise ...   Read More >>

MV-22 Osprey Night Flight Deck Landing

05/20/2016  Video:MV-22 Osprey Night Flight Deck Landing ...   Read More >>

VMA-211 Last AV-8B Harrier Flight

05/16/2016  Video:VMA-211 Last AV-8B Harrier Flight ...   Read More >>

VMA-211 Receives First F-35Bs

05/16/2016  Video:VMA-211 Receives First F-35Bs ...   Read More >>

JHSV in Balikatan 16

05/15/2016  Video:JHSV in Balikatan 16 ...   Read More >>

Shadow UAV at Yuma Air Station

05/12/2016  Video:Shadow UAV at Yuma Air Station ...   Read More >>

Exercising the Refueling of Helos in the Battlespace

05/08/2016  Video:Exercising the Refueling of Helos in the Battlespace ...   Read More >>

SM-2 Intercepts

05/05/2016  Video:Sm-2 Intercepts ...   Read More >>

F-22 and Neptune Falcon

05/05/2016  Video:F-22 and Neptune Falcon ...   Read More >>

F-22 Refueling on Way to the Baltics

05/04/2016  Video:F-22 Refueling ...   Read More >>

F-35B Training At Beaufort

05/03/2016  Slideshow:F-35B Training At Beaufort ...   Read More >>

F-35s at Luke AFB: Dropping GBU 12s

05/03/2016  Slideshow:F-35s at Luke AFB: Dropping GBU 12s ...   Read More >>

Osprey Arrives on Japanese Ship as Part of Disaster Relief Effort

05/03/2016  Video:Osprey Arrives on Japanese Ship as Part of Disaster Relief Effort ...   Read More >>

Heritage Flight Over Hampton Roads: The Future Meets the Past

05/02/2016  Slideshow:Heritage Flight Over Hampton Roads: The Future Meets the Past ...   Read More >>

Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Flyovers By F-22s, B-52 and Mirages

05/02/2016  Video:Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Flyovers ...   Read More >>

African Lion 16

05/01/2016  Video:African Lion 16 ...   Read More >>

Submarine Surfacing in the Arctic

05/01/2016  Video:Submarine Surfacing in the Arctic ...   Read More >>

Refueling at Sea: Carrier Refuels Destroyer in the Pacific

04/27/2016  Slideshow:Refueling at Sea: Carrier Refuels Destroyer in the Pacific ...   Read More >>

Exercise Sky Soldier 16

04/25/2016  Slideshow:Exercise Sky Soldier 16 ...   Read More >>

Time-Lapse of Vertical Replenishment to USS Boxer

04/20/2016  Video:Time-Lapse of Vertical Replenishment to USS Boxer ...   Read More >>

USS Boxer Takes on Food and Supplies During a Replenishment-at-Sea

04/18/2016  Video:USS Boxer Takes on Food and Supplies During a Replenishment-at-Sea ...   Read More >>

USS Boxer Tanked by MSC at Sea

04/15/2016  Video:USS Boxer Tanked by MSC at Sea ...   Read More >>

Ready to Respond for Domestic or Overseas Missions: C-130Hs at the 179th AW

04/12/2016  Slideshow:Ready to Respond for Domestic or Overseas Missions: C-130Hs at the 179th AW ...   Read More >>

AH-1Z Super Cobra Aboard USS Boxer Flight Deck

04/08/2016  Video:AH-1Z Super Cobra Aboard USS Boxer Flight Deck ...   Read More >>

F-35 Prepares to Fly With Heritage Aircraft

04/06/2016  Video:F-35 Prepares to Fly With Heritage Aircraft ...   Read More >>

The 104th Fighter Wing Deploys to Iceland

04/05/2016  Video:The 104th Fighter Wing Deploys to Iceland ...   Read More >>

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An Italian First: The F-35 Crosses the Atlantic

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The Italians fly the first F-35 across the Atlantic.

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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 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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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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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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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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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) during air-to-air refuelling trials with a United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighter. *** Local Caption *** In December 2015, a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) deployed to Edwards Air Force Base in California to conduct air-to-air refuelling trials with a series of F-16 multi-role fighters from the United States Air Force (USAF). Using its 18-metre-long Advanced Refuelling Boom system (ARBS), the KC-30A was able to receive a conditional clearance in these trials, with further test flights slated to take place in early 2016. Whilst Australia does not operate the F-16, the jet is one of the most prolific combat aircraft in service in the world today, and will likely be refuelled by RAAF KC-30As during future exercises and air operations.

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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150522-N-BQ308-110 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) As fast as its name, an F-35B Lightning II screams past a flight deck handler as it takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, with VMFA-121 and VMFAT-501 embarked, is underway conducting the first phase of operational testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, which will evaluate the full spectrum of F-35B measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist William Tonacchio/Released)

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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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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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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RAAF Transformation

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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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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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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Fleet Logistics

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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

 

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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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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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