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North European and North Atlantic Defense: The Challenges Return

This Special Report looks at innovations in the region and how these innovations might inform transformation of the forces of the liberal democracies in dealing with the illiberal powers.Download PDF Now>>

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The Commissioning of the HMS Queen Elizabeth

12/16/2017  The new British carriers are coming into the force as the US and the allies are shaping new approaches to operating in the integrated battlespace.   Read More >>

The New Australian Foreign Policy White Paper: The Perspective of the Australian Institute of International Affairs

12/16/2017  The new Australian Foreign Policy White Paper looks at the evolving global situation and Australia's role within the strategic shifts.   Read More >>

The Heron UAV, the Bundeswehr and the Joint Operator Support Model

12/16/2017  The Bundeswehr has made extensive use of UAVs as part of its engagement with EU and UN forces in Africa.   Read More >>

USAF B-1B Lancers in Australia

12/11/2017  B1B bombers are working with the RAAF in Australia.   Read More >>

Redefining the Next Generation Fighter Aircraft: Build Out Air Combat Capability by Shaping a 21st Century Version of the Century Aircraft

12/08/2017  Secretary Wynne argues for leveraging the F-22 to shape its successor.   Read More >>

Building Out Cyber Defense: Leveraging the Rebuild of Infrastructure

12/06/2017  Secretary Wynne looks at a way to accelerate cyber defense capabilities.   Read More >>

The Prowler's Last Engagement at a Weapons Tactics and Training Course

12/05/2017  After a long career in the USMC, the Prowler is being retired as the Marines shape a distributed EW force.   Read More >>

The Osprey at 10: 400,000 Flight Hours and Onward

12/05/2017  The Osprey has passed the 10 year point in its combat history with more than 400,000 flight hours.   Read More >>

Iraqi Christians, Facing Double Whammy Challenges: A Discussion with Joseph T. Kassab, President and Founder of the U.S. Based Iraqi Christians Advocacy and Empowerment Institute (ICAE)

12/05/2017  Helping the Christians in Iraq is in part of re-energizing stabilization efforts within a more diversified Iraq itself.   Read More >>

An Update on C-130J

12/04/2017  The first French Air Force C-130J has rolled out this past October.   Read More >>

Estonia and Defense: The Challenge of Dealing with the Russians

12/01/2017  If there is a wider war in Europe, it is very likely that the Baltic republics are the flash point.   Read More >>

The Coming of the UK Carrier: A Driver of Integration and Interoperability

11/28/2017  The new UK carrier is at the vortex of a turn in British history, and a key element of shaping 21st century force integration and interoperability.   Read More >>

An Overview on WTI 1-18

11/28/2017  A video overview on the latest WTI course at USMC Air Station Yuma.   Read More >>

The Danes, The Russians and Shaping a Deterrent Strategy

11/28/2017  Denmark is reworking its defense efforts in common with core allies. ...   Read More >>

An Update on the F-22 and the Evolution of Air Combat: The Perspective from the First Fighter Wing

11/27/2017  The F-22 is providing a key leadership role within the US and allied air combat forces in reshaping of the concepts of operations.   Read More >>

Flying the Scorpion

11/24/2017  Todd Miller had a chance to fly on the Scorpion aircraft and provides us with a report.   Read More >>

F-35As Arrive in Japan

11/21/2017  F-35As have come to Japan augment regional deterrence.   Read More >>

In Brief

1st MEB and ESG 3 Amphibious Operations

12/15/2017  Video:1st MEB and ESG 3 Amphibious Operations ...   Read More >>

Exercise Active Shield: US and Japanese Forces Train to Protect Iwakuni  

12/12/2017  Video:Exercise Active Shield: US and Japanese Forces Train to Protect Iwakuni ...   Read More >>

Marine Corps Sunsetting the Prowler

12/10/2017  Video:Marine Corps Sunsetting the Prowler ...   Read More >>

HMH-463 Prepares for a Contested Environment

12/07/2017  Video:HMH-463 Prepares for a Contested Environment ...   Read More >>

F-35B at Iwakuni

12/05/2017  Video:F-35B at Iwakuni ...   Read More >>

HIMARS Sea-Based Expeditionary Fires

12/05/2017  Video:HIMARS Sea-Based Expeditionary Fires ...   Read More >>

F-35B Lightning II Onboard the USS Essex

12/03/2017  Video:F-35B Lightning II Onboard the USS Essex ...   Read More >>

F-35B Lightning II Carrier Qualifications

12/01/2017  Video:F-35B Lightning II Carrier Qualifications ...   Read More >>

Ospreys Operating from USS Oak Hill

11/30/2017  Slideshow:Ospreys Operating from USS Oak Hill ...   Read More >>

Helo Aerial Refueling During WT1-18

11/28/2017  Video highlighting helo aerial refueling during the latest Weapons and Tactics training exercise at Yuma Air Station.   Read More >>

F-35 in Weapons and Tactics Training 1-2018

11/28/2017  F-35B engaged in the latest Weapons and Tactics Training Course at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station.   Read More >>

Helo Aerial Refueling in WTI 1-18

11/28/2017  Helicopter aerial refueling during the latest Weapons and Tactics Training Course at USMC Air Station Yuma.   Read More >>

ADF Training Exercise with Philippine Marine Corps

11/28/2017  Video:ADF Training Exercise with Philippine Marine Corps ...   Read More >>

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Taxiing

11/26/2017  Video:B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Taxiing ...   Read More >>

ATC for WTI, Yuma Arizona

11/26/2017  Video:ATC for WTI, Yuma Arizona ...   Read More >>

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Takeoff

11/25/2017  Video:B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Takeoff ...   Read More >>

HIMARS at Sea 360 Degree View

11/25/2017  Video:HIMARS at Sea 360 Degree View ...   Read More >>

Australia Retiring P-3s as P-8s Arrive

11/25/2017  Slideshow:Australia Retiring P-3s as P-8s Arrive ...   Read More >>

F-22s in European Training

11/24/2017  Video:F-22s in European Training ...   Read More >>

NATO Submarine Rescue System

11/22/2017  Video:NATO Submarine Rescue System ...   Read More >>

26th MEU Flight Ops onboard USS Iwo Jima

11/22/2017  Video:26th MEU Flight Ops onboard USS Iwo Jima ...   Read More >>

Exercise CHILEMAR VI 

11/21/2017  Video:Exercise CHILEMAR VI ...   Read More >>

The Evolving Marine Corps Operating Concept

11/20/2017  Video:The Evolving Marine Corps Operating Concept ...   Read More >>

F-35 at Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo

11/19/2017  Video:F-35 at Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo ...   Read More >>

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An Overview on WTI 1-18

11/28/2017 –  A video overview on the latest WTI course at USMC Air Station Yuma.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.

2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference

The next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus on the evolution and significance of electronic warfare for a 21st century integrated combat force. It will be held August 23, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT.

A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare in Australia. 

Defense & Security Publications

Adapting ASW Skill Sets

This article published in Front Line Defence, Issue 5, 2017 looks at the 12th Wing Shearwater and its evolving approach to ASW.

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The Future of Electronic Warfare

This special report looks at the future of electronic warfare from the perspective of the participants in a Williams Foundation seminar on the subject.

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Danish Defense Modernization

This article published in Front Line Defence, Issue 5, 2017 looks at Denmark’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.

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Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense

This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.

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The Maritime Services, the Allies and Shaping the Kill Web

The report highlights the transformation approach being crafted to build, deploy and develop an integrated 21st century combat force able to operate as a kill web.

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Northern European and North Atlantic Defense: The Challenges Return

This special report looks at the evolving North Atlantic and Nordic defense situation.

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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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Rethinking China Policy

This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.

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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.

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Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?

In this report, the major presentations and discussions at the Williams Foundation seminar on integrated force design held on April 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia are highlighted along with interviews conducted before, during and after the seminar as well.

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Levearge and Learning from Allied Forces 

By leveraging extant allied programs and capabilities which if adopted by the US forces would save money but even more importantly ramp up the operational capability of the US forces and their ability to work with allies in the shortest time possible.

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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.

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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.

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Denmarks Eyeing Russia Looks to 20% Defense Spending Boost: What it Means

“Denmark faces more serious threats than in any other period following the fall of the Berlin Wall.” In this Breaking Defense article published on November 17, 2017 the Danish approach is discussed. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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