10/30/2014 – Several North Korean military developments are leading to a reset of South Korean defense.
Clearly, South Korea needs to enhance its capability to execute an effective kill chain against North Korean air and strike forces. ...
10/29/2014 – The fate of German defense industry is in play with the Grand Coalition German government.
And with it European cooperation and the products being produced by collaboration with Germany. ...
10/28/2014 – During our visit to Fallon, it became very clear that the term training can confuse more than clarify.
Training sounds a bit like a nice to have preparatory drill rather than what it is for the air power community, namely the shaping of core instincts for competent execution of missions. ...
10/28/2014 – An F-35 fleet can deliver integrated combat capability with the MADL sharing tool set; and then the question is how best to connect C2 nodes with that fleet, and how best to move relevant information from the fleet to appropriate combat elements. ...
10/23/2014 – Based on extensive interviews with the French Air Force, Murielle Delaporte looks at the entry into service of the A400M.
The FAF looks at the A400M as not just a new platform but a new way of new way of operating their airlift nationally and with allies. ...
In this Special Report, Second Line of Defense looks at the evolving defense and security situation in the Arctic and Northern Europe. ...Download PDF Now>>
10/30/2014 This interview with the ACC Commander focuses on looking back and on the way ahead with the Command. Read More >>
10/29/2014 The data and information passing through those integrated systems is constantly being updated. ... Read More >>
10/28/2014 Slideshow:F-35A Operational Weapons Load Crew Qualification: Another Step Toward IOC ... Read More >>
10/28/2014 Strategic surprise is becoming a norm for governments to deal with in the 21st century. ... Read More >>
10/28/2014 Part of the Second Line of Defense team visited Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada in October 2014. ... Read More >>
10/24/2014 Video:USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Relieves USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf ... Read More >>
10/24/2014 Video:F-18 Take Off at Fallon ... Read More >>
10/23/2014 U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are part of the broader context of shaping an effective Pacific defense. ... Read More >>
10/23/2014 One of the things that Sims can not do is to reach you the challenge of facing death. ... Read More >>
10/23/2014 To address grey area issues the new guidelines will allow the U.S. and Japanese militaries to respond rapidly. ... Read More >>
10/22/2014 For Germany the A400M is a step forward in crafting the kind of 21st century military capabilities Germany needs. ... Read More >>
10/20/2014 The Chinese Navy has conducted its first port visit to Iran and its first entry into the territorial waters of Iran and the Persian Gulf. Read More >>
10/20/2014 The U.S. and core allieshas and is further developing insertion forces able to engage and withdraw to help shape political outcomes. ... Read More >>
10/18/2014 Does the rush to deal with the Ebola contagion follow the paths of Agent Orange and the effects of chemical weapons in Iraq on US troops? ... Read More >>
10/16/2014 Luke AFB in Arizona is a key facility for standing up both US and coalition F-35 forces. Read More >>
10/15/2014 Western and Eastern Europe, China and Russia were major arms suppliers to Africa in 2013. Read More >>
10/15/2014 Chronic German under spending on defense has had a clear impact on force readiness and capabilities. ... Read More >>
10/15/2014 The 2014 Miramar Air Show saw both the CH-46 and F-35B fly. ... Read More >>
10/13/2014 The Marines Train to Defend an Expeditionary Airfield. This is a core competence of the USMC. Read More >>
10/13/2014 Rather than shaping new policies for such globalization bromides as the global commons, we are fighting to preserve our values and our way ... 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 >>
10/25/2014 Slideshow:USS Makin Island Flight Deck Operations ... Read More >>
10/24/2014 Video:Fleet Week San Francisco Air Show ... Read More >>
10/24/2014 Slideshow:Naval Tradition Matters: USS Arizona survivor visits USS America ... Read More >>
10/20/2014 Video:MAG-16 Conducts Long-range Raid During LSE-14 ... Read More >>
10/18/2014 Slideshow:USS Iwo Jima Replenishment at Sea ... Read More >>
10/15/2014 Slideshow:Western Pacific Deployment 2014 ... Read More >>
10/15/2014 Slideshow:24th MEU Aviation Ops: Preparing for Deployment ... Read More >>
10/14/2014 Video:Platform Baker Overflight Footage ... Read More >>
10/13/2014 Video:Last CH-46 Squadron Redesignates ... Read More >>
10/13/2014 Video:Marines, Sailors Man Rails of USS America ... Read More >>
10/13/2014 Video:USS America Commissioning ... Read More >>
10/12/2014 Slideshow:11th MEU Long Range Insert ... Read More >>
10/06/2014 Video:US and Japanese Amphibious Assault Training in RIMPAC 2014 ... Read More >>
10/04/2014 Video:Contingency Response Group Participates in PATRIOT 2014 Exercise ... Read More >>
10/01/2014 Video:B-1B Being Refueled for Syrian Operations ... Read More >>
10/01/2014 Video:Marines Unmanned Vehicle-Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) ... Read More >>
09/30/2014 Video:Medical Personnel use Tele-medicine to reach patients ... Read More >>
09/28/2014 Video:KC-135s Refueling USN Aircraft for Strikes against the ISIL. Read More >>
09/26/2014 Video:Small Unit Water Purification for Expeditionary Operations ... Read More >>
09/25/2014 Slideshow:The Fleet Launches Tomahawk Missiles as Part of Iraqi-Syrian Mission ... Read More >>
09/25/2014 Slideshow:Naval Forces Exercise Land Attack Role in Valiant Shield 2014 ... Read More >>
08/23/2014 – AF-2 achieved 1,000 flight hours on June 18, 2014. ...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.
A leading security exposition, Milpol, will be held in Paris November 19-22 2013.
The Air Force Association’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium will be held November 21 – 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Strategy for 21st Century Challenges
Note to Self: Do Not Buy Yesterday’s Systems for Yesterday’s Challenges.”
USAF Perspective on F-35 Combat Systems
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.
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.
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.
The Robotic Revolution: Building Blocks From Afghanistan
Lt. General (Retired) Deptula lays out how RPAs can be part of the Afghan Airpower Transiiton
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.
In this report written by Dr. Richard Weitz, the key role which Azerbaijan plays in straddling Russia and Iran is the focus of attention.
The B-17 lessons learned for 21st century airpower is the focus of this article.
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.
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.
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.
In this edition of AIR ACTUALITIES, the French Air Force provides a look at their role in the Libyan operation in early 2011.
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.
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.
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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—General George Patton Jr.
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