05/28/2017 – Putting aside President Trump, fundamental changes are afoot which are dramatically changing the context facing NATO and altering forever how key European nations will deal or not with their defense.
It is time to get past the Trump news focus and worrying about his body language and get real about the fundamental challenges facing Europe where Trump may seem an irritant but not a cause. ...
05/28/2017 – President Trump could have affirmed his support for Article 5 and then publically invoked Article 3 in front of his NATO peers and pointed out that their failure to provide for their own self-defense is a necessary pre-condition for seeking aid under Article 5.
Or should the United States look for more credible bilateral relationships within Europe as Brexit may presage?
05/27/2017 – Todd Miller visits Philadelphia and looks at the Boeing entrant into a specialized competition for the USAF nuclear support mission..
Given how the USAF has set the competition, the MH-139 is clearly competitive.
But the competition itself raises much broader questions about the state of USAF acquisition inherited from the Obama Adminsitration.
05/26/2017 – The Marines are returning to the sea from the land wars of the past decade and are doing so within the context of a rapidly changing amphibious task force.
An important element of the air element for the evolving amphibious task force are unmanned systems.
The Scan Eagle and the Blackjack are the core systems part of this transition. ...
05/25/2017 – In a highly globally interactive world, crises in one part not only have an impact elsewhere, but can have an unanticipated set of impacts.
This is clearly the case of Brazil and its deepening political crises, which given the importance of the Brazilian economy and global ties, will have accelerating impacts worldwide.
This special report looks at Australian thinking and efforts to design and shape an integrated force.Download PDF Now>>
05/29/2017 The F-35 has added a gun to its CAS role. Read More >>
05/28/2017 The 15th MEU will be the first operational MEU deployed on the USS America. Read More >>
05/28/2017 General James Holmes: ACC Commander, discusses the command. Read More >>
05/28/2017 Back from a recent visit to Russia, Richard Weitz looks at the evolving US-Russian relationship. Read More >>
05/28/2017 The Trudeau regime needs to act now lest we end up with another Gander Airport. Read More >>
05/27/2017 As a key part of shaping its enhanced defense capabilities, the Australian government has launched a comprehensive and long-term shipbuilding program. Read More >>
05/24/2017 The visit by the Turkish President to Washington was largely a non-event which is the good news. Read More >>
05/22/2017 North Korea and the Second Nuclear Age are key elements necessary to reshape NATO's approach. Read More >>
05/22/2017 We are creating a “one stop” collection effort for PLA Ministry of State Security (MSS) “collectors.” ... Read More >>
05/22/2017 Avoidance of central challenges may be diplomacy; but is not effective defense strategy. ... Read More >>
05/22/2017 Allied collaboration in this decade is built in part around operating the same aircraft -- the F-35 being a case in point. Read More >>
05/21/2017 The RAF leverages the weapons revolution to transition from Tornado to Typhoon and from Typhoon to an F-35 enabled air combat force. Read More >>
05/21/2017 The Australian government commits to as continuous build naval shipbuilding policy. Read More >>
05/21/2017 Australia’s largest warships have experienced a propulsion system problem at sea and the Navy and its contractors are working to fix the problem. Read More >>
05/21/2017 Sweden is enhancing its defense capability. Read More >>
05/21/2017 The UK is working with the French on an embarked Mistral Pacific mission and the Marines recently operated off of the embarked ship. Read More >>
05/21/2017 Recently, the Norwegian Minister of Defence visited the Pentagon. Read More >>
05/21/2017 What is the role of unmanned aviation within the evolving capabilities and approach of the amphibious task force? ... Read More >>
05/18/2017 Not yet operational, an Aussie P-8 on a training mission, performed a search and rescue mission at sea. Read More >>
05/28/2017 Video:Exercise Jeanne D’Arc 2017 ... Read More >>
05/21/2017 Video:Marines Participate with Brits and French in Tinian Exercise ... Read More >>
05/21/2017 Video:New Australian Naval Shipbuilding Program ... Read More >>
05/21/2017 Video:Marines in Norway for Stratmobex ... Read More >>
05/19/2017 Video:First HMAS Newcastle SM2 in Australian Waters ... Read More >>
05/15/2017 Video:GBU-38 Added to Predator Strike Capability ... Read More >>
05/09/2017 The first MV-22 Trans Pacific flight lands in Darwin. Read More >>
05/08/2017 First Deployment of F-35s to Bulgaria ... Read More >>
05/05/2017 Video:Testing Amphibious Robotic Vehicles ... Read More >>
05/02/2017 Video:Anzac Day service in Bullecourt, France ... Read More >>
05/02/2017 Video:Gallipoli Dawn Service ... Read More >>
05/02/2017 Video:USAF C-130 Fire Training ... Read More >>
05/02/2017 The Aussies Remember Anzac Day:Operation Highroad Dawn Service ... Read More >>
05/01/2017 Video:Marines Train with Japanese in Cold Weather Conditions ... Read More >>
04/27/2017 Patrouille de France performs during the Trilateral Exercise held at Langley AFB during April 2017. Read More >>
04/26/2017 Video:F-35s at Atlantic Trident 2017 ... Read More >>
04/26/2017 Video: B2s in Neptune Falcon 2017 ... Read More >>
04/26/2017 Video:Refueling F-35s on European Deployment ... Read More >>
04/25/2017 Video:The 75th Anniversary of the Dootlittle Tokyo Raids ... Read More >>
04/25/2017 Video:ADA Assists in Aussie Disaster Relief ... Read More >>
04/21/2017 Video:CH-53E Tactics Training (2) ... Read More >>
04/19/2017 Video:CH-53E Tactics Training ... Read More >>
04/18/2017 Video:Southcom Commander Interview ... Read More >>
04/17/2017 Video:CV-22 Trains Aboard LHD ... Read More >>
04/15/2017 Video:Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force North-West Mobile Force. Read More >>
04/14/2017 Slideshow:Exercise Diamond Shield ... Read More >>
04/02/2017 Video:Maintaining F-22 Low Observability ... Read More >>
05/29/2017 – The F-35 has added a gun to its CAS role.Read More>>
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The 2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference will be held from 10-12 October 2017 in Essen Germany.
The next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus one building fifth generation integrated forces will be held on April 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia.
Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?
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.
Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense
This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.
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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—General George Patton Jr.
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