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Shelter for Strike Element Hornets

12/10/2016  Providing for RAAF combat air security with a key shelter for Middle East ops.   Read More >>

The F-35 and the Offensive-Defensive Enterprise

12/09/2016  The long reach of Aegis via the F-35 is now being exercised.   Read More >>

USMC About USS America: The Future is Now

12/09/2016  The Lightning II Enables a Lightning Strike Assault Force.   Read More >>

F-35B Lightning II Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6) Wrap Up

12/06/2016  The F-35 Lightning II Pax River ITF wrapped up its third and final developmental test phase of the F-35B aboard amphibious assault ship USS America on November 17.   Read More >>

Tanker 2.0: The A330 MRTT Evolving as a Global Fleet

12/06/2016  With significant operational experience, the Airbus tanker moves on to the next stage of its evolution, Tanker 2.0 ...   Read More >>

The Marines Onboard the USS America: The Remaking of the Amphibious Strike Force

12/04/2016  Already transformed by the mobility of the Osprey, the F-35B offers a critical upgrade to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) and amphibious assault.   Read More >>

A New UK Shipbuilding Strategy?

12/02/2016  The Royal Navy is in need of new ships and more of them than can be generated by the normal construction process.   Read More >>

South Korean 10th Fighter Wing Exercises Rapid Generation of Sorties

12/02/2016  The South Korean 10th Fighter Wing participated in a recent exercise for rapid response in a crisis.   Read More >>

F-35 and Collaborative Cost Savings: The Norwegian Case

12/02/2016  The F-35 global enterprise provides an opportunity for leveraging collaborative efforts to shape more effective capabilities at a more effective cost point.   Read More >>

Creating Terror-Free Zones: How a Citizen Organization is Helping in the Philippines

12/02/2016  The Philippines is in play with new policies by the President of the Philippines and Chinese policy advances.   Read More >>

The Canadian Government, Defense Procurement, and Software: Out of Phase with Western Defense Development and Modernization?

12/02/2016  Danny Lam looks at the software side of the Canadian acquisition effort.   Read More >>

Breaking from the Past: Shaping a Trump Administration Template for Change

12/02/2016  Donald Trump is shaping a new template and not following the precepts of the past decade.   Read More >>

Flotex 2016

12/01/2016  Norway's naval exercise Flotex involves most of the Norwegian Navy's capacities.   Read More >>

Cyber Security: Paying Protection Money to the Wrong Gang

12/01/2016  Secretary Wynne argues for a new approach to cybersecurity and cyber defense, rather than just engaging in the ever losing war of software patches.   Read More >>

South Africa, Technology and Border Security: Shaping New Options

12/01/2016  How to shape a new border control capability for South Africa.   Read More >>

The Next Phase for the F-35B: Empowering the Sea-Base

11/29/2016  The F-35B is a key part of transforming the sea base and its role of forces in the extended battlespace.   Read More >>

Deciphering PRC’s Stance on THAAD in South Korea: A Chinese First Strike Policy in Asia? (Updated with Chinese Response)

11/29/2016  This article examines the logic behind the PRC objection to the US and its allies deploying THAAD in the region.   Read More >>

The French Presidential Election: A Key Chance to Reboot Europe

11/28/2016  France is in the process of electing a new President next year which provides France with a potential key role in European restructuring.   Read More >>

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F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6): 2

12/09/2016  The F-35B DT-III lays the groundwork for upcoming USMC F-35B deployments.   Read More >>

Green Knights reunion: VMFA-121 follows in the footsteps of their brothers

12/06/2016  Video: Green Knights reunion: VMFA-121 follows in the footsteps of their brothers ...   Read More >>

F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6): 1

12/06/2016  Video:F-35B Lightning II Completes Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6): 1 ...   Read More >>

Australian Frigate Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

12/05/2016  Video :Australian Frigate Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ...   Read More >>

Australia Sends the HMAS Arunta to Operation Manitou

12/02/2016  Video:Australia Sends the HMAS Arunta to Operation Manitou ...   Read More >>

P-8 Arrival Ceremony at RAAF Base Edinburgh

12/01/2016  Slideshow :P-8 Arrival Ceremony at RAAF Base Edinburgh ...   Read More >>

EXERCISE DUGONG 2016

11/30/2016  Video:EXERCISE DUGONG 2016 ...   Read More >>

USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka, Japan

11/30/2016  Video:USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka, Japan ...   Read More >>

DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 5, 2016

11/29/2016  DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 5, 2016 ...   Read More >>

DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 4, 2016

11/28/2016  DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 4, 2016 ...   Read More >>

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Flight Operations

11/28/2016  Video:USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Flight Operations ...   Read More >>

Australian Exercise Boss Lift 2016

11/27/2016  Employers experience life in the field as Defence Reservists during Exercise Boss Lift.   Read More >>

DTIII Testing for F-35B: November 3, 2016

11/27/2016  DTIII Testing for F-35B as seen on board the USS America, November 3, 2016.   Read More >>

DTIII Testing for F-35B: October 31, 2016

11/26/2016  DTIII Testing for F-35B as seen on October 31, 2016 aboard the USS America.   Read More >>

USS Zumwalt Arrives in Cartagena, Colombia

11/25/2016  Video:USS Zumwalt Arrives in Cartagena, Colombia ...   Read More >>

Osprey Aerial Refueling

11/24/2016  Video:Osprey Aerial Refueling ...   Read More >>

Americans Train with the French in Djibouti

11/24/2016  Video:Americans train with the French in Djibouti ...   Read More >>

F-35Bs, the MAGTF and the USS America

11/23/2016  Video:F-35Bs, the MAGTF and the USS America ...   Read More >>

38 Squadron Support to Exercise Croix du Sud

11/23/2016  Video: 38 Squadron support to Exercise Croix du Sud ...   Read More >>

Additive Manufacturing for the Battlefield

11/21/2016  Video:Additive Manufacturing for the Battlefield ...   Read More >>

3 D Printing for the Battlefield

11/18/2016  Video:3 D Printing for the Battlefield ...   Read More >>

F-22 Logistics: Can’t Fly Without the Logistics Readiness Squadron

11/15/2016  Video:F-22 Logistics: Can’t Fly Without the Logistics Readiness Squadron ...   Read More >>

USMC Training in Norway

11/15/2016  Video:USMC Training in Norway ...   Read More >>

Marines Execute a Long-Range Raid

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F-22 Overview Video

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C-130 Time Lapse

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Australia’s New Class of Conventional Submarines

In a piece published in the fourth issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the building of a new class of conventional submarines in Australia is discussed.

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Air-Sea Seminar

New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration

The Williams Foundation sponsored a seminar with regard to the way ahead on force integration.

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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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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.

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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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Williams Report March 2016

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

 

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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