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The Arrival of a Maritime-Domain Awareness Strike Capability: The Impact of the P-8/Triton Dyad

The P-8/Triton dyad is introducing a new maritime domain awareness strike capability to the fleet and to the joint and coalition forces.Download PDF Now>>

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New Special Report: The Impact of the P-8/Triton Dyad

07/16/2016  In our latest Special Report, we look at the emergence of this capability in the US and Australian forces and the P-8 in the Indian, and UK forces.   Read More >>

Building Submarines in Australia: Shaping a New Combat Capability in the Pacific

07/16/2016  The Australian MoD is very interested in shaping cross-cutting convergence among the services as the transformation of the force.   Read More >>

The P-8 Coming to RAF Lossiemouth: Shaping the Infrastructure for UK and NATO Defense in the North Atlantic

07/14/2016  The P-8 is coming to RAF Lossiemouth.   Read More >>

Building a 21st Century Base at RAF Lakenheath: A Fifth Generation Infrastructure for a Fifth Generation Enabled Force

07/14/2016  The RAF and the USAF are seeking to shape a strategic advantage from flying the same fighter in the same airspace.   Read More >>

F-35B at Farnbourgh: Strategic Deterrence with Tactical Flexibility

07/13/2016  It can be easy to overlook how revolutionary a vertical lift aircraft which can operate at supersonic speeds actually is.   Read More >>

RAAF Photos of F-22s, F-35s and Typhoons at RIAT

07/12/2016  While at RIAT, the RAAF photographers provide perspective on the F-35s, F-22s, and Typhoons attending the event.   Read More >>

Aussie Forces in Paris

07/12/2016  Australian Defence Force personnel are in Paris practising for the French National Day parade later this week.   Read More >>

UK Finalizes Deal for P-8 Poseidon

07/12/2016  The UK Ministry of Defence has formally committed to deployment of P-8s at RAF Lossiemouth.   Read More >>

KC-30A and Its Crew from No. 33 Squadron Attend the Royal International Air Tatoo

07/12/2016  KC-30A and Its Crew from No. 33 Squadron Attend the Royal International Air Tatoo ...   Read More >>

Australian Forces In Paris for 14th of July Parade, 2016

07/11/2016  In this video, the Aussie forces which were sent to France to participate in the 14th of July Parade, 2016, are seen rehearsing with the French forces.   Read More >>

Russia Revives its Icebreaking Fleet

07/11/2016  Russia is building a new icebreaking fleet as part of its Arctic strategy.   Read More >>

Shaping 21st Century Insertion Forces: Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 2016

07/11/2016  Force insertion is an increasingly important capability, notably with adversaries seeking to enhance their capabilities to deny the entry of US and allied forces into areas of interest.   Read More >>

Visiting the Tornado Transition Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth: Leveraging the Past and Preparing the Future for the RAF

07/11/2016  When one looks at the end of an era, in this case the sun setting on the Tornado in the RAF, one can look backwards or forwards.   Read More >>

F-35A in the UK

07/10/2016  F-35A arrives in the United Kingdom.   Read More >>

Marines and RAF Bring the F-35B to the UK

07/10/2016  The pilots highlight interoperability built in.   Read More >>

The New Class of Australian Submarines

07/09/2016  In this video from DCNS, the new class of submarines is described.   Read More >>

Synergy Between the Commercial and Military Marketplace: HForce as a Leveraging Strategy for Helo Combat Systems

07/09/2016  The modular Hforce system can be modified to customer requirements with regard to communications and weapons systems required by the customer.   Read More >>

Australia’s Maritime Task Group arrives in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 16

07/09/2016  Australia’s Maritime Task Group of three ships arrives in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 16.   Read More >>

In Brief

Polish Minesweepers Train for Action

07/23/2016  Video:Polish Minesweepers Train for Action ...   Read More >>

Polish Minesweepers Train for Action

07/21/2016  Video:Polish Minesweepers Train for Action ...   Read More >>

Cockpit Footage from A-10

07/18/2016  Video:Cockpit Footage from A-10 ...   Read More >>

Midwinter Airdrop to Australian Antarctic 

07/15/2016  Video:Midwinter Airdrop to Australian Antarctic ...   Read More >>

USAF and RAAF Train for Rescue Missions

07/15/2016  Video:USAF and RAAF Train for Rescue Missions ...   Read More >>

HMAS Perth on Deployment to the Middle East

07/12/2016  Slideshow :HMAS Perth on Deployment to the Middle East ...   Read More >>

HMAS Adelaide for Exercise Hamel 16

07/10/2016  Video:HMAS Adelaide for Exercise Hamel 16 ...   Read More >>

F-35B Aerial Refueling

07/09/2016  Video:F-35B Aerial Refueling ...   Read More >>

Exercise Hamel 2016

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Autonomous Systems for Military Ops

07/08/2016  Video:Autonomous Systems for Military Ops ...   Read More >>

Air Commando Special Forces

07/08/2016  Video:Air Commando Special Forces ...   Read More >>

First Harrier Squadron Transitions To F-35 Squadron

07/08/2016  Video:First Harrier Squadron Transitions to F-35B ...   Read More >>

F-35A's Touch Down at RAF Fairford

07/07/2016  Slideshow:F-35A's Touch Down at RAF Fairford ...   Read More >>

Arrival of New Aussie Amphibious Ship in Pearl Harbor

07/07/2016  Video:Arrival of New Aussie Amphibious Ship in Pearl Harbor ...   Read More >>

RAAF Air Task Group Armament Technicians

07/06/2016  Video:RAAF Air Task Group Armament Technicians ...   Read More >>

Training for Expeditionary Ops

07/05/2016  Video:Training for Expeditionary Ops ...   Read More >>

First USAF F-35A Refueling Across the Atlantic

07/02/2016  Video:First USAF F-35A Refueling Across the Atlantic ...   Read More >>

MV-22 Training at Miramar

07/01/2016  Video:MV-22 Training at Miramar ...   Read More >>

Air-Sea Power Demonstration

06/30/2016  Video:Air-Sea Power Demonstration ...   Read More >>

Army Logisticians Conduct Weapons Training at Sea

06/27/2016  Video:Army Logisticians Conduct Weapons Training at Sea ...   Read More >>

K-MAX Helicopters Arrive at MCAS Yuma

06/25/2016  Video:K-MAX Helicopters Arrive at MCAS Yuma ...   Read More >>

F-16 Flying with F-35 at Luke AFB

06/20/2016  Video:F-16 Flying with F-35 at Luke AFB ...   Read More >>

HMAS Perth First Deployment to the Middle East

06/15/2016  Video:HMAS Perth First Deployment to the Middle East ...   Read More >>

Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron

06/15/2016  Video:Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron ...   Read More >>

Aussie Vietnam Veterans Return Home: The Repatriation of the Remains of 33 Aussie Servicemen

06/12/2016  Video: Aussie Vietnam Veterans Return Home: The Repatriation of the Remains of 33 Aussie Servicemen ...   Read More >>

DST Partnership Week

06/11/2016  Video:DST Partnership Week ...   Read More >>

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Marines and RAF Bring the F-35B to the UK

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Defense & Security Publications

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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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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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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 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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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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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) during air-to-air refuelling trials with a United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighter. *** Local Caption *** In December 2015, a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) deployed to Edwards Air Force Base in California to conduct air-to-air refuelling trials with a series of F-16 multi-role fighters from the United States Air Force (USAF). Using its 18-metre-long Advanced Refuelling Boom system (ARBS), the KC-30A was able to receive a conditional clearance in these trials, with further test flights slated to take place in early 2016. Whilst Australia does not operate the F-16, the jet is one of the most prolific combat aircraft in service in the world today, and will likely be refuelled by RAAF KC-30As during future exercises and air operations.

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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150522-N-BQ308-110 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) As fast as its name, an F-35B Lightning II screams past a flight deck handler as it takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, with VMFA-121 and VMFAT-501 embarked, is underway conducting the first phase of operational testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, which will evaluate the full spectrum of F-35B measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist William Tonacchio/Released)

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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Williams Report March 2016

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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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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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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RAAF Transformation

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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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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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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Fleet Logistics

In a piece published in the first issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the significance and challenge for modern fleet logistics is the focus of attention.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

 

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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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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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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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