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The Evolving Future for Naval Aviation

In this Special Report, Second Line of Defense looks at the training for air wing integration and the preparation for the future.Download PDF Now>>

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ISIL and a Cascading Regional Crisis: A Conversation with Amatzia Baram

11/23/2014  How does the ISIL crisis affect the dynamics within the Middle East and beyond? ...   Read More >>

Fifth Generation Combat Training: F-35s and F-22s Train for Joint Air Ops

11/21/2014  Joint training of F-35s with F-22s has begun.   Read More >>

Visiting the HDMS Niels Juel: An Interview with Commander Lars Holbaek

11/21/2014  In this interview with the Captain of the latest Danish frigate, the flexibility of a very capable ship are highlighted.   Read More >>

Standing up the Luke AFB Pilot Training Center: A Key Enabler of the F-35 Global Operations

11/20/2014  Luke Air Force base will be the center of excellence for pilot training on the F-35A for the global users of this variant ...   Read More >>

The Black Sea as a Flashpoint in Managing Maritime Security

11/19/2014  This article from Risk Intelligence looks at the dynamics of change affecting Black Sea security. ...   Read More >>

Wolf Pack at RED FLAG-Alaska 15-1

11/17/2014  For the first time ROKAF KF-16s participated in Red Flag Alaska.   Read More >>

Ed Timperlake on the Chinese J-31

11/17/2014  The J-31 was seen over the skies of Airshow China in Zhuhai last week.   Read More >>

Fighting Falcons at Fallon Participate in Naval Air Wing Integration

11/16/2014  "During our Maritime Employment course, a good portion of the attendees comes from various U.S Air Force units." ...   Read More >>

Visiting the HDMS Niels Juel: A Very Flexible and Capable Frigate

11/16/2014  Second Line of Defense visited the new Danish frigate, the HDMS Niels Juel, which had just participated in Bold Alligator 2014.   Read More >>

Airpower in the Next Two Decades of the 21st Century: Secretary Wynne Looks Ahead

11/16/2014  Secretary Wynne takes a look at the way ahead for innovation in airpower.   Read More >>

Lessons Learned At Fallon: The USN Trains for Forward Leaning Strike Integration

11/16/2014  We look back on our visit to Fallon and draw some core lessons from the visit.   Read More >>

The USAF Innovates at the 33rd Fighter Wing: Working Survival Training for F-35 Pilots

11/14/2014  Within the 33rd Fighter Wing, innovation doesn't end at the flight line, but finds its way into a 12-foot swimming pool.   Read More >>

Training for the Extended Battlespace: An Interview with Rear Admiral Scott Conn, Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center

11/14/2014  In this view with the head of The Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Admiral Conn focuses upon the training of integrated air wing and preparing for the future.   Read More >>

Celebrating Veteran's Day 2014 in Djibouti

11/11/2014  Murielle Delaporte reporting from Djibouti attends Veterans Day at the French camp. ...   Read More >>

Re-shaping Coalition Insertion Forces: Bold Alligator 2014

11/11/2014  Bold Alligator 2014 is a crisis response exercise and continues the work of BA 2012 and BA 2013. ...   Read More >>

USMC Sustainment Training at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti

11/11/2014  USMC Sustainment Training at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti ...   Read More >>

F-35C Carrier Tests: A Photo and Video Album

11/11/2014  The initial operational capability of fifth generation fundamentally changes the way that we are going to fight. ...   Read More >>

The Importance of Training for Combat Proficiency: "You Can not Run a Peyton Manning Offense if You Can not Block and Tackle"

11/09/2014  It is a waste of taxpayer money if you buy a capability that has not been trained to by its aircrew, ...   Read More >>

Training for Forward Leaning Integration: A Discussion With Charles “Scotty” Brown

11/09/2014  LCDR Charles "Scotty" Brown highlighted the importance of folding in innovations coming to the fleet as part of shaping the training process.   Read More >>

Australia and F-35Bs: Examining an Option for the Australian Defense Force

11/08/2014  The Aussies are considering an F-35B option for their Army/Navy LHDs. ...   Read More >>

A Practical Way to Remember the Fallen from September 11th: Operate the USS Arlington and Prepare to Engage in Harms Way

11/08/2014  We are doing our missions every day in memory of what happened on September 11. ...   Read More >>

In Brief

Holloman AFB RPA's

11/22/2014  Video:Holloman AFB RPA's ...   Read More >>

USS Bataan Activity at Sea

11/20/2014  Slideshow:USS Bataan Activity at Sea ...   Read More >>

F-22s at Keen Sword 2015

11/19/2014  F-22s are seen operating as part of the Keen Sword exercise.   Read More >>

Bold Alligator 2014: Coalition Forces Raid “Enemy” Compound

11/18/2014  Video:Bold Alligator 2014: Coalition Forces Raid “Enemy” Comound ...   Read More >>

Predeployment Training With GCE and Ospreys

11/18/2014  Slideshow:Predeployment Training With GCE and Ospreys ...   Read More >>

Annual Eurofighter Photo Competition Winners: 2014

11/17/2014  Slideshow:Annual Eurofighter Photo Competition Winners: 2015 ...   Read More >>

Tankers Practice Rapid Launch

11/15/2014  Slideshow:Tankers Practice Rapid Launch ...   Read More >>

Joint Training at Fallon Naval Air Station: F-16s Arrive for Duty

11/14/2014  Slideshow:Joint Training at Fallon Naval Air Station: F-16s Arrive for Duty ...   Read More >>

British Tornadoes Leave Afghanistan

11/13/2014  Video:British Tornadoes Leave Afghanistan ...   Read More >>

11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: Tank Support

11/11/2014  Slideshow:11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: Tank Support ...   Read More >>

11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: A Shot in the Dark

11/11/2014  Slideshow:11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: A Shot in the Dark ...   Read More >>

HMH-462 Conducts External Lift Training

11/10/2014  Slideshow:HMH-462 Conducts External Lift Training ...   Read More >>

Luke AFB and the F-35

11/09/2014  Slideshow:Luke AFB and the F-35 ...   Read More >>

Simultaneous Target Acquisition and Destruction Missile Defense Test

11/08/2014  Video:Simultaneous Target Acquisition and Destruction Missile Defense Test ...   Read More >>

Coastal Riverine Squadron Four in Bold Alligator 2014

11/07/2014  Video:Coastal Riverine Squadron Four in Bold Alligator 2014 ...   Read More >>

Bold Alligator 2014: Long Range Raid to Support Embassy Under Seige

11/07/2014  Video:Bold Alligator 2014: Long Range Raid to Support Embassy Under Seige ...   Read More >>

Osprey Working During a Helicopter Support Team Exercise

11/07/2014  Slideshow:Osprey Working During a Helicopter Support Team Exercise ...   Read More >>

AC-130 Firing on Target

11/04/2014  11/04/2014: This video highlights AC-130 target strikes. ...   Read More >>

Carrier Air Wing Slideshow

11/04/2014  Slideshow:Carrier Air Wing Slideshow ...   Read More >>

Bold Alligator 2014: Osprey Insertions

11/01/2014  Video:Bold Alligator 2014: Osprey Insertions to Support Embassy Reinforcement ...   Read More >>

LCACs in Bold Alligator 2014

11/01/2014  During Bold Alligator 2014, LCACs have been used to land Spanish, Dutch and other allied forces along with US Marines.   Read More >>

USN Helicopters on Support Operations

11/01/2014  This slideshow focuses on some of the key roles played by USN helicopters.   Read More >>

Noble Justification 2014: Enhancing NATO's Maritime Response Capability

11/01/2014  Video:Noble Justification 2014: Enhancing NATO's Naval Response Capability ...   Read More >>

EXERCISE VIGILANT SHIELD 2014 Time Lapse Sequence

10/29/2014  Video:EXERCISE VIGILANT SHIELD 2014 Time Lapse Sequence ...   Read More >>

Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014 Ships

10/28/2014  Slideshow:Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014 Ships ...   Read More >>

Marines Finish Initial Darwin, Australia Rotation

10/27/2014  Slideshow:Marines Finish Initial Darwin, Australia Rotation ...   Read More >>

Vigilant Shield 15

10/26/2014  Slideshow:Vigilant Shield 15 ...   Read More >>

The Soviet Legacy: Why Latvia Worries About Today's Russia

10/25/2014  Video:The Soviet Legacy: Why Latvia Worries About Today's Russia ...   Read More >>

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VIDEOS OF THE MONTH

An Update from the 33rd Fighter Wing on F-35 Maintenance

11/11/2014 –  An update on the F-35 maintenance approach.Read More>>

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The largest international exhibition for land defense and security will be held in Paris from 16-20 June 2014.

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A leading security exposition, Milpol, will be held in Paris November 19-22 2013.

Milpol 2013<<

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The Air Force Association’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium will be held November 21 – 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Pacific Air and Space Symposium <<

Defense & Security Publications

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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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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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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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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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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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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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<<

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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.

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<<

 

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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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C-17 and KC-30A at their operational base in Australia. Credit Photo: SLD

Australia Shapes Its Airpower Approach

In this piece, first published in Front Line Defence (Canada), in April 2014, the focus is upon Australian airpower modernization.

Moving from the C-17, to the KC-30A, to the Wedgetail and then the F-35, Australia is modernizing its airpower.

Download the Report here<<

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 core image, which the General put on the table of where the transition needs  to go, is the ability to shape a combat cloud as a key element of the  battlespace within which the various deployed aircraft interact together to  shape air dominance to achieve joint force objectives. With a fifth generation enabled combat capability, one could put the pieces in place to deliver the operational situational awareness critical to joint forces, but this would be difficult if one does not have the fifth generation aircraft in the numbers required. Credit Images: Bigstock

The Next Phase of Air Power: Crafting and Enabling the Aerospace Combat Cloud

The digital enablement of key combat platforms is providing a forcing function role upon the next phase of the evolution of joint and coalition systems.

The emergence and evolution of what might be called the aerospace or air combat cloud is a key dynamic of change.

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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

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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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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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JNI

In a 2012 piece published by Jane’s Navy International, Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake look at the evolution of U.S. maritime strategy in the Pacific.   The article presages some of the arguments in our 2013 book with Richard Weitz entitled Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st Century Strategy (Praeger). Posted with permission of Jane’s.

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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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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>>

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