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Australian Defense Modernization: Shaping Capabilities for 21st Century Operations

In this special report, Second Line of Defense looks at Australian defense modernization, notably in the air systems areas.Download PDF Now>>

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Remembering the Battle of Osan: An Enduring Alliance

04/16/2014  The Battle of Osan lasted just eight hours, but its impact continues to be felt today. ...   Read More >>

Russian Resurgence and the Arctic

04/16/2014  Russia is building a military infrastructure which requires significant naval and air modernization efforts ...   Read More >>

The Distributed Laydown in the Pacific and Deterrence in Depth: Lt. General Robling Discusses the Evolution of the USN-USMC Team in the Pacific

04/16/2014  Lt. General Robling discusses the evolution of the USN-USMC team approach in the Pacific. ...   Read More >>

Quickstep Australia Signs Long-Term Agreement on F-35

04/15/2014  Quickstep has added to its order book to provide for the global production of the F-35.   Read More >>

Army Helos Jumping on and Off of Amphibious Ships

04/15/2014  Slideshow:Army Helos Jumping on and Off of Amphibious Ships ...   Read More >>

Departing Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Nimroz province, Afghanistan

04/15/2014  Slideshow:Departing Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Nimroz province, Afghanistan ...   Read More >>

Osprey Aerial Refueling Training

04/15/2014  Video:Osprey Aerial Refueling Training ...  

The F-35 Arrives at Luke AFB: Preparing for the Next Generation of Warfare

04/15/2014  Arizona Republic staff writer Paulin Giblin looks at the coming of the F-35 to Luke AFB ...   Read More >>

Bluefin 21 Artimis AUV in the Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

04/13/2014  The search in the Pacific for the missing Malaysian airliner has enlisted the support of robots.   Read More >>

Exercise Ssang Yong 2014: Shaping Convergent Capabilities

04/12/2014  The South Koreans, Australians and the USN-USMC team practice convergent force insertion capabilities.   Read More >>

The Marines, the Aussies and Cross-Cutting Modernizations

04/10/2014  There is a cross modernization of the Aussie forces with the USN-USMC team. ...   Read More >>

Marand Australia Celebrates First Australian F-35 Vertical Tail Delivery

04/09/2014  Slideshow:Marand Australia Celebrates First Australian F-35 Vertical Tail Delivery ...   Read More >>

Talon Reach: Shaping a Combat Cloud to Enable an Insertion Force

04/08/2014  Talon Reach is part of a series of exercises working out new concepts of operations for long-range ground force insertion.   Read More >>

The USMC Shift in the Pacific and the Role of Exercises: A MARFORPAC Perspective

04/08/2014  This article provides an overview on the rollout of the distributed laydown of USMC forces over the decade ahead. ...   Read More >>

Russia, Crimea and Leverage: An Impact on Afghan Withdrawal?

04/07/2014  Russia has options in dealing with Western sanctions.   Read More >>

The Chief of Staff of the Australian Air Force on the Future of Air Power: The Impact of the F-35 on the RAAF

04/06/2014  The Chief of Staff or the RAAF discusses the future of air combat.   Read More >>

Special Report on Australian Defense Modernization: The Air Systems Dimension

04/04/2014  Second Line of Defense has released a new report on Australian defense modernization. ...   Read More >>

Hypersonics As An Integral Part of the Future of Australian Defense: A Key Research Team Works the Challenges

04/04/2014  Australia is at the forefront of hypersonic research. ...   Read More >>

In Brief

Marines Train JGSDF in Amphibious Operations

04/18/2014  Slideshow:Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations ...   Read More >>

Aerial Refueling Training Exercise

04/15/2014  Slideshow:Aerial Refueling Training Exercise ...  

KC-130J Refuels Osprey

04/15/2014  Video:KC-130J Refuels Osprey ...  


04/15/2014  Video: The cargo ship the BBC Houston delivers gear for the USMC 6-month rotation to Darwin.   Read More >>

13th MEU visit, board, search and seizure exercise

04/14/2014  Slideshow:13th MEU visit, board, search and seizure exercise ...   Read More >>

SSang Yong 2014 Live Fire Training

04/12/2014  Video:This training was done in the Republic of Korea as part of SSang Yong 2014.   Read More >>

Marines Train with JGSDF

04/12/2014  Slideshow:Marines Train with JGSDF ...  

C-130 Training in Japan

04/10/2014  Slideshow:C-130 Training in Japan ...  

Black Sea Rotational Force Marines Come to Latvia

04/10/2014  Video:Black Sea Rotational Force Marines Rotate to Reinforce Baltic States ...   Read More >>

The Marines Visit Crocodile Dundee

04/09/2014  Video:The Marines Visit Crocodile Dundee ...  

Nellis AFB RED FLAG 14-2 Update 10 March

04/09/2014  This video provides additional footage of US and allied aircraft which participated in Red Flag 2014.   Read More >>

Australian Army Vertical Assault Exercise Ssang Yong 14

04/09/2014  Video:Australian Army Vertical Assault Exercise Ssang Yong 14 ...   Read More >>

Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise

04/07/2014  Slideshow:Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise ...  

Ssang Yong 14 Flight Deck Operations

04/06/2014  Video:Ssang Yong 14 flight deck operations ...   Read More >>

Amphibious Landing Ssang Yong 14

04/05/2014  Video:Amphibious Landing Ssang Yong 14 ...  

405 AEG Multi-Modal Operations

04/04/2014  Video:405 AEG Multi-Modal Operations ...  

Ssang Yong 14 Flight Deck Operations

04/04/2014  Slideshow:Ssang Yong 14 Flight Deck Operations ...   Read More >>

ROK and USN in Support of Joint Amphibious Training

04/03/2014  Video:ROK and USN in Support of Joint Amphibious Training ...   Read More >>

Mobile Comms for the 31st MEU

04/02/2014  Slideshow:Mobile Comms for the 31st MEU ...   Read More >>

U.S. Marines Introduce Assault Vehicles to ROK Marines

04/02/2014  Slideshow:U.S. Marines introduce assault vehicles to ROK Marines ...   Read More >>

Ssang Yong 2014: USMC, Aussies and ROK Exercise Amphibious Strike Capabilities

04/01/2014  Slideshow:Ssang Yong 2014: USMC, Aussies and ROK Exercise Amphibious Strike Capabilities ...   Read More >>

Assault Amphibious Vehicle Weapons Training

03/31/2014  Video:Assault Amphibious Vehicle Weapons Training ...  

F-16 tests Arresting Cable at Denver Int'l Airport

03/28/2014  Video:F-16 tests arresting cable at Denver Int'l Airport ...   Read More >>

The Unstoppable Medevac

03/28/2014  Slideshow: Medevac Ops can not stop just because of the weather.   Read More >>

Defense & Security Publications

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<<



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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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<<

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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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.

Read the Flipbook<<

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.


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


Leatherneck Magazine Article on VMX-22.

In this article on the VMX-22 and its contribution to the MAGTF, Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake highlight the evolution of USMC capabilities.

The article appeared in the October 2013, Leatherneck magazine.


Procurement Challenges

Procurement Strategy for 21st Century Challenges

Note to Self: Do Not Buy Yesterday’s Systems for Yesterday’s Challenges.”

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USAF Perspective on F-35 Combat Systems

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Italian Version

Cameri, Italy and the F-35

Italy and the F-35 Special Report is now available in Italian for our Italian readers.

Interviews with senior airpower leaders in Italy as well as analyses of the new Cameri facility supporting a regional F-35 fleet are featured in the report.

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.

Download Article Here<<


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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Deptula Last Flight

The Robotic Revolution: Building Blocks From Afghanistan

Lt. General (Retired) Deptula lays out how RPAs can be part of the Afghan Airpower Transiiton

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F-35 Radar.

In a recent article published by the Joint Aircraft Survivability Program, the role of the F-35 radar is examined from the experience to date in combat exercises such as Northern Edge.

The F-35 Radar has already demonstrated a significant improvement in performance against enemy jammers and operating against advanced threats.


Azerbaijan Regional Role

In this report written by Dr. Richard Weitz, the key role which Azerbaijan plays in straddling Russia and Iran is the focus of attention.

Azerbaijan’s Regional Role

B-17 Returns to France

The B-17 lessons learned for 21st century airpower is the focus of this article.

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3 D Warriors 2nd Edition

We have a new edition of Three Dimensional Warriors.

The book can be purchased on Kindle and other e-book publishers as well.






The first SIP report dealt with the dynamics of change in China and the potential impact of a nuclear Iran.



The second SIP report dealt with the Euro crisis and its impact on global dynamics and relations.


Maritime Security

In this book published by Second Line of Defense in 2011, the challenges of maritime security are addressed and analyzed.

The book is presented in flipbook format with the attached link.


Air Mobiity

In this book published by Second Line of Defense in 2013, the key role of air mobility as a mission enabler is addressed in terms of the impact of helos, lifters and tankers on security and defense operations.

The book is presented in flipbook format below.


FAF Libya

In this edition of AIR ACTUALITIES, the French Air Force provides a look at their role in the Libyan operation in early 2011.

 Download the PDF version of the Special Edition>>


In a 2012t 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.

Download the PDF version of the Report>>

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.

Download the PDF version of the Report>>



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>>

3 D Warrior

First introduced at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, Three Dimensional Warriors provides an overview of how aviation for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) shapes their entire capabilities and directs how they operate.

The Second Edition can now be read on Kindle.

To read this Second Line of Defense book as a Flipbook click on the link below:


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F-35 Training at 33rd Fighter Wing

04/17/2014 –  The video focuses on F-35 training for the joint and coalition partners at Eglin AFB.Read More>>


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