11/23/2014 – Chinese efforts have focused on keeping India away from being part of an anti China alliance by enhancing economic cooperation on one hand and stressing on historical and traditional linkages on the other. ...
11/23/2014 – An issue has been that the F-35 has been labeled a fifth generation aircraft, a sensible demarcation when the F-22 was being introduced.
But the evolution of the combat systems on the aircraft, the role of the fusion engine, and the impact of a fleet of integrated F-35s operating as a foundational element will make this term obsolete. ...
11/22/2014 – The Petrobras scandal is staggering in its implications, and it presents the greatest challenges to the Brazilian political and economic and judicial elite since the end of military rule in the mid-1980's.
Dependent on the outcome, it can affect the place in the world of Brazil as well. ...
11/20/2014 – Much as the leadership of the bomber force at High Wycombe found innovative ways to shape victory in Europe, the European Air Group is supporting their Air Chiefs to figure out how to prevail in the conflicts of this century.
11/14/2014 – Reach not range is a key aspect of looking at the carrier airwing and its ability to work with joint and coalition forces.
This is clearly enhanced with the F-35. ...
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>>
11/23/2014 How does the ISIL crisis affect the dynamics within the Middle East and beyond? ... Read More >>
11/21/2014 Joint training of F-35s with F-22s has begun. Read More >>
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 >>
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 >>
11/19/2014 This article from Risk Intelligence looks at the dynamics of change affecting Black Sea security. ... Read More >>
11/17/2014 For the first time ROKAF KF-16s participated in Red Flag Alaska. Read More >>
11/17/2014 The J-31 was seen over the skies of Airshow China in Zhuhai last week. Read More >>
11/16/2014 "During our Maritime Employment course, a good portion of the attendees comes from various U.S Air Force units." ... Read More >>
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 >>
11/16/2014 Secretary Wynne takes a look at the way ahead for innovation in airpower. Read More >>
11/16/2014 We look back on our visit to Fallon and draw some core lessons from the visit. Read More >>
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 >>
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 >>
11/11/2014 Murielle Delaporte reporting from Djibouti attends Veterans Day at the French camp. ... Read More >>
11/11/2014 Bold Alligator 2014 is a crisis response exercise and continues the work of BA 2012 and BA 2013. ... Read More >>
11/11/2014 USMC Sustainment Training at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti ... Read More >>
11/11/2014 The initial operational capability of fifth generation fundamentally changes the way that we are going to fight. ... Read More >>
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 >>
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 >>
11/08/2014 The Aussies are considering an F-35B option for their Army/Navy LHDs. ... Read More >>
11/08/2014 We are doing our missions every day in memory of what happened on September 11. ... Read More >>
11/22/2014 Video:Holloman AFB RPA's ... Read More >>
11/20/2014 Slideshow:USS Bataan Activity at Sea ... Read More >>
11/19/2014 F-22s are seen operating as part of the Keen Sword exercise. Read More >>
11/18/2014 Video:Bold Alligator 2014: Coalition Forces Raid “Enemy” Comound ... Read More >>
11/18/2014 Slideshow:Predeployment Training With GCE and Ospreys ... Read More >>
11/17/2014 Slideshow:Annual Eurofighter Photo Competition Winners: 2015 ... Read More >>
11/15/2014 Slideshow:Tankers Practice Rapid Launch ... Read More >>
11/14/2014 Slideshow:Joint Training at Fallon Naval Air Station: F-16s Arrive for Duty ... Read More >>
11/13/2014 Video:British Tornadoes Leave Afghanistan ... Read More >>
11/11/2014 Slideshow:11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: Tank Support ... Read More >>
11/11/2014 Slideshow:11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: A Shot in the Dark ... Read More >>
11/10/2014 Slideshow:HMH-462 Conducts External Lift Training ... Read More >>
11/09/2014 Slideshow:Luke AFB and the F-35 ... Read More >>
11/08/2014 Video:Simultaneous Target Acquisition and Destruction Missile Defense Test ... Read More >>
11/07/2014 Video:Coastal Riverine Squadron Four in Bold Alligator 2014 ... Read More >>
11/07/2014 Video:Bold Alligator 2014: Long Range Raid to Support Embassy Under Seige ... Read More >>
11/07/2014 Slideshow:Osprey Working During a Helicopter Support Team Exercise ... Read More >>
11/04/2014 11/04/2014: This video highlights AC-130 target strikes. ... Read More >>
11/04/2014 Slideshow:Carrier Air Wing Slideshow ... Read More >>
11/01/2014 Video:Bold Alligator 2014: Osprey Insertions to Support Embassy Reinforcement ... Read More >>
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 >>
11/01/2014 This slideshow focuses on some of the key roles played by USN helicopters. Read More >>
11/01/2014 Video:Noble Justification 2014: Enhancing NATO's Naval Response Capability ... Read More >>
10/29/2014 Video:EXERCISE VIGILANT SHIELD 2014 Time Lapse Sequence ... Read More >>
10/28/2014 Slideshow:Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2014 Ships ... Read More >>
10/27/2014 Slideshow:Marines Finish Initial Darwin, Australia Rotation ... Read More >>
10/26/2014 Slideshow:Vigilant Shield 15 ... Read More >>
10/25/2014 Video:The Soviet Legacy: Why Latvia Worries About Today's Russia ... Read More >>
11/11/2014 – An update on the F-35 maintenance approach.Read More>>
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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
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.
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 this article from Front Line Defence (Issue 5, 2014), the shaping of forces appropriate to dealing with ongoing onslaught of “strategic surprises” is examined.
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.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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—General George Patton Jr.
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