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Preparing the U.S. Navy for 21st Century Warfare: The U.S. Naval Academy Trains Midshipman for Cyber Operations

03/04/2015  The U.S. Naval Academy is in the formative stages of beginning to train Midshipman for Cyber Operations.   Read More >>

HMS Queen Elizabeth Will Begin Her Sea Trials in 2016

03/03/2015  The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever built by the UK, is being completed and will begin its sea trials next year.   Read More >>

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03/03/2015  This video highlights Canadian support for operations against the ISIL.   Read More >>

Japanese Submarine Arrives in Pearl Harbor

03/03/2015  Will the Australians work with Japan to acquire new submarines? ...   Read More >>

Preparing for Trident Juncture 2015: NATO Shapes Its Capabilities

03/02/2015  Trident Juncture 2015 will be a major exercise for NATO forces, essentially leveraging their amphibious capabilities as part of a combined arms exercise.   Read More >>

Visiting the F-35 Final Assembly Line, Fort Worth

03/01/2015  The Final Assembly Line in Fort Worth is maturing and the FACO in Italy will deliver its first jet this year with the Japanese to open their facility next year.   Read More >>

Managing Defense Supply Chains: Shaping A 21st Century Way Ahead

03/01/2015  We are revisiting the question of how technologies like RFID work to help DoD to have more effective systems to manage the logistics system.   Read More >>

The Evolving European Operational Map: Cyprus Works with Russia

02/26/2015  Cyprus and Russia have stepped up their game.   Read More >>

Cope North 2015 – Maintainers

02/26/2015  This year's Cope North marked a first where Airmen deployed off Guam to the nearby islands of Tinian and Rota for the HA/DR exercise. ...   Read More >>

“The Plane is a Broker of Information”: A Conversation with Mike Skaff

02/25/2015  In a discussion with the chief engineer for designing the F-35 pilot interface, Dr. Skaff provides a sense of the way ahead based on dialogue with F-35 pilots and users.   Read More >>

The Coming of the Joint Strike Fighter and Defense Transformation

02/25/2015  The initial operating capability of the F-35 is not simply about the introduction of a replacement aircraft but the next phase in a revolution of airpower.   Read More >>

The Launch of Plan Jericho: The RAAF Lays Down its Transformation Strategy

02/24/2015  The Royal Australian Air Force has officially launched its transformation program at the Avalon Air Show, February 2015.   Read More >>

Global Hawk Arrives at Civilian Airfield in Australia for the Air Show

02/24/2015  The Global Hawk has landed in Australia for the air show.   Read More >>

Heading to Afghanistan: U.S. Marines Work With Georgian Soldiers for Upcoming Deployment

02/24/2015  The Georgian and USMC working relationship has been built up over time during the Afghan operations.   Read More >>

Shaping an S-Cubed Combat Revolution: Preparing for the Coming Hypersonic Cruise Missile Threat

02/24/2015  S-cubed=sensors-stealth-speed of weapons can provide a new paradigm for shaping a combat force.   Read More >>

The F-35's Distributed Aperture System: An Update from Rolling Meadow and Sydney's North Shore

02/24/2015  The distributed aperture system or DAS is a key set of sensors on the F-35 which provides data for the fused cockpit system and the helmet display.   Read More >>

An Update on the USS America: A Discussion with Captain Robert Hall, February 2015

02/24/2015  In this February 2015 interview, Captain Robert Hall, the CO of the USS America looks back at the past few months with the ship and the period ahead.   Read More >>

The European Union and the East: The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Looks to the Future

02/23/2015  What is the future of the EU-Eastern relationship? ...   Read More >>

Raptors at Red Flag 2015

02/22/2015  Raptors in the Middle East are operating the fifth generation way. ...   Read More >>

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Ospreys Take Off from USS Bonhomie Richard

03/05/2015  Video:Ospreys Take Off from USS Bonhomie Richard ...   Read More >>

Canadian and US Soldiers Train in Latvia With Latvian Soldiers

03/04/2015  Video:Canadian and US Soldiers Train in Latvia ...   Read More >>

Makin Island ARG Returns After Seven-Month Deployment

03/03/2015  Video:Makin Island ARG Returns After Seven-Month Deployment ...   Read More >>

Marines and JSDF Train in Forest Light

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USS Bonhomme Richard: Malaysian port visit

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US-Norwegian Joint Training

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Hueys Live Fire Drills Over Yuma

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Jump Training from Osprey

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USS America Final Contract Trials

02/22/2015  Slideshow:USS America Final Contract Trials ...  

A400M Supports French Middle East Operations

02/22/2015  The A400M is part of the operational picture for the French Air Force in external operations.   Read More >>

Uk Government Invests in RAF Marham: Preparing for the F-35

02/22/2015  The F-35 hub in the UK receives funding boost.   Read More >>

Osan Crew Prepares F-16s for Launch

02/20/2015  Slideshow: Osan Crew Prepares F-16s for Launch ...   Read More >>

Australian Navy Participates in CTF-150: Contributes to Counter-Terrorism Effort at Sea

02/19/2015  The Australians are participating in the counter-terrorism efforts at sea as well as in the air in the Middle East.   Read More >>

Helo Lift of Parts from Djibouti to the USS Iwo Jima

02/19/2015  Slideshow:Helo Lift of Parts from Djibouti to the USS Iwo Jima ...   Read More >>

VMGR-252 Aerial Refueling Exercise

02/17/2015  Video:VMGR-252 Aerial Refueling Exercise ...  

Polar Star Frees Vessel from Antarctic Ice

02/17/2015  Slideshow:Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic Ice ...   Read More >>

Marines and the F-35C

02/16/2015  The Marines will be the first to operate the F-35C off of large deck carriers.   Read More >>

USAF Test Pilot on the F-35 in the Sweep of AF History

02/16/2015  In this presentation by a USAF test pilot, a good overview on the F-35 and the transition in airpower is provided.   Read More >>

B-1B Refueling Over Syria

02/16/2015  Video:B-1B Refueling Over Syria ...  

Red Flag 15-1 Update: 10 Feb

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Red Flag 15: Constructing UAV Under Cover of Darkness

02/14/2015  Video:Red Flag 15: Constructing UAV Under Cover of Darkness ...   Read More >>

Aussie Update on Red Flag 2015

02/14/2015  A total of 150 RAAF personnel are participating in Exercise RED FLAG 15-1.   Read More >>

KC-130J Fixed Wing Refueling for 2nd Marine Air Wing

02/14/2015  Slideshow:KC-130J Fixed Wing Refueling for 2nd Marine Air Wing ...   Read More >>

The US Navy CNO on Cyber Operations

02/13/2015  Cyber is part of the evolving concepts of operations for the maritime, joint and coalition force.   Read More >>

UK Update on Air Strikes in Iraq: February 9, 2015

02/11/2015  This story from the UK MOD website provides an update on UK participation in the current Iraq operations.   Read More >>

The French Air Force Conducts Joint Experiments with Rafale and the A400M

02/10/2015  The FAF integrates its air lifters close into the battlespace when it deploys the joint force and is experimenting with the A400M ...   Read More >>

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First F-35A Arrives at the USAF Warfare Center Weapons School, January 15, 2015

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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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Flight Training: Cuts Threaten Capabilities and Mission Success

In this article published by Front Line Defence, the challenge of dealing with training cuts on evolving aviation capabilities and mission success is the focus of attention.

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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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Weitz Report on Nuclear Security

Promoting Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation: The Contribution of Kazakhstan: An E-Book

In this e-book, Richard Weitz examines the leadership role which Kazakhstan has taken in the area of nuclear security.

This report looks at the reasons behind the commitment and the role, which Kazakhstan is playing to shape a way ahead in a contested world.

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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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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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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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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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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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Distributed Laydown

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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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


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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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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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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