04/17/2014 – In an interview with the EU Observer, the Russian Ambassador to the EU makes it clear that Russia has mobilized its allies to support its actions in Crimea.
China, Cyprus and others are supporting Russia so that Russian actions in Crimea are part of the way ahead, not an historical mistake from the Russian point of view. ...
04/16/2014 – The Battle of Osan lasted just eight hours, but its impact continues to be felt today, more than 60 years after the last shot was fired. ...
04/14/2014 – The Crimea and the Black Sea ports and adjacent air facilities are intended to become the hub of a hub and spoke operation to cover the Mediterranean.
With a possible infrastructure emerging, the Russians can modernize their air and sea assets and capabilities over the decade ahead to support their strategy in the region. ...
04/11/2014 – Chinese analysts have articulated a concept of unrestricted warfare for 21st century conditions.
The Russians practice the art.
The map writing exercises engaged in by the Russians are part of the 21st century art of warfare. ...
04/11/2014 – Brigadier Gen. John Frewen, commanding officer, 1st Brigade, Australian Army, discusses objectives for the deployment and the importance of training with Marine Rotational Force Darwin.
And it is not just about training; it is about cross-modernizaton of the forces as well. ...
In this special report, Second Line of Defense looks at Australian defense modernization, notably in the air systems areas.Download PDF Now>>
04/16/2014 Russia is building a military infrastructure which requires significant naval and air modernization efforts ... Read More >>
04/16/2014 Lt. General Robling discusses the evolution of the USN-USMC team approach in the Pacific. ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Quickstep has added to its order book to provide for the global production of the F-35. Read More >>
04/15/2014 Slideshow:Army Helos Jumping on and Off of Amphibious Ships ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Slideshow:Departing Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Nimroz province, Afghanistan ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Video:Osprey Aerial Refueling Training ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Arizona Republic staff writer Paulin Giblin looks at the coming of the F-35 to Luke AFB ... Read More >>
04/13/2014 The search in the Pacific for the missing Malaysian airliner has enlisted the support of robots. Read More >>
04/12/2014 The South Koreans, Australians and the USN-USMC team practice convergent force insertion capabilities. Read More >>
04/10/2014 There is a cross modernization of the Aussie forces with the USN-USMC team. ... Read More >>
04/09/2014 Slideshow:Marand Australia Celebrates First Australian F-35 Vertical Tail Delivery ... Read More >>
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 >>
04/08/2014 This article provides an overview on the rollout of the distributed laydown of USMC forces over the decade ahead. ... Read More >>
04/07/2014 Russia has options in dealing with Western sanctions. Read More >>
04/06/2014 The Chief of Staff or the RAAF discusses the future of air combat. Read More >>
04/04/2014 Second Line of Defense has released a new report on Australian defense modernization. ... Read More >>
04/04/2014 Australia is at the forefront of hypersonic research. ... Read More >>
04/01/2014 This article looks at the approach of Marrand to engagement in the F-35 program. ... Read More >>
04/18/2014 Slideshow:Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Slideshow:Aerial Refueling Training Exercise ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Video:KC-130J Refuels Osprey ... Read More >>
04/15/2014 Video: The cargo ship the BBC Houston delivers gear for the USMC 6-month rotation to Darwin. Read More >>
04/14/2014 Slideshow:13th MEU visit, board, search and seizure exercise ... Read More >>
04/12/2014 Video:This training was done in the Republic of Korea as part of SSang Yong 2014. Read More >>
04/12/2014 Slideshow:Marines Train with JGSDF ... Read More >>
04/10/2014 Slideshow:C-130 Training in Japan ... Read More >>
04/10/2014 Video:Black Sea Rotational Force Marines Rotate to Reinforce Baltic States ... Read More >>
04/09/2014 Video:The Marines Visit Crocodile Dundee ... Read More >>
04/09/2014 This video provides additional footage of US and allied aircraft which participated in Red Flag 2014. Read More >>
04/09/2014 Video:Australian Army Vertical Assault Exercise Ssang Yong 14 ... Read More >>
04/07/2014 Slideshow:Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise ... Read More >>
04/06/2014 Video:Ssang Yong 14 flight deck operations ... Read More >>
04/05/2014 Video:Amphibious Landing Ssang Yong 14 ... Read More >>
04/04/2014 Video:405 AEG Multi-Modal Operations ... Read More >>
04/04/2014 Slideshow:Ssang Yong 14 Flight Deck Operations ... Read More >>
04/03/2014 Video:ROK and USN in Support of Joint Amphibious Training ... Read More >>
04/02/2014 Slideshow:Mobile Comms for the 31st MEU ... Read More >>
04/02/2014 Slideshow:U.S. Marines introduce assault vehicles to ROK Marines ... Read More >>
04/01/2014 Slideshow:Ssang Yong 2014: USMC, Aussies and ROK Exercise Amphibious Strike Capabilities ... Read More >>
03/31/2014 Video:Assault Amphibious Vehicle Weapons Training ... Read More >>
03/28/2014 Video:F-16 tests arresting cable at Denver Int'l Airport ... Read More >>
03/28/2014 Slideshow: Medevac Ops can not stop just because of the weather. Read More >>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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.
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