02/19/2018 – As the liberal democracies begin to deal more seriously with the challenges of the shift from the land wars to higher tempo operations and national defense, they can have much to learn from Finland
Finland is clearly focused on mobilization and security of supply as key foundations to national defense and as military transformation unfolds, these core capabilities become increasingly important. ...
02/19/2018 – South Africa’s shipbuilding industry produces hundreds of vessels every year, with more than 90% being exported, and this includes naval vessels, from rigid-hulled inflatables to large patrol boats.
02/18/2018 – Danny Lam was an unconventional thinker and contributed important insights into the evolving strategic situation.
His untimely death, leaves us with a deep sense of loss.
We would like to honor his memory by naming the op ed section of our forthcoming new website defense.info: “Danny’s Corner.” ...
02/16/2018 – Finland has enhanced the readiness of its forces, is working more closely with partners, and through military exercises generating and learning from key partners with regard to operational innovations.
And the core defense DNA characteristics of the Finns, namely, to operate forces in a distributed manner and prepare to mobilize, are becoming key themes which other liberal democracies need to take heed of as the global situation changes. ...
02/16/2018 – In this article by the recently deceased SLD contributer Danny Lam, It is time for a fundamental rethink of energy systems across all combat systems architectures.
The present architectures may be as outdated as infantry equipped with bolt action rifles in 1914. ...
This Special Report looks at innovations in the region and how these innovations might inform transformation of the forces of the liberal democracies in dealing with the illiberal powers.Download PDF Now>>
02/19/2018 A look at the recent UK agreement to support their C-17s in the decade ahead. Read More >>
02/19/2018 During a recent visit to Australia, the UK Minister of Defence emphasized the working relationship with Australia in defense. Read More >>
02/19/2018 A look back at the strategic context within which Finland acquired its F-18s. Read More >>
02/18/2018 An important new center for preparing the liberal democracies to deal with the hybrid influencing threat has been stood up in Helsinki. Read More >>
02/16/2018 The head of the defense policy unit at the Finnish MoD looks at the evolution of Finnish defense policy. Read More >>
02/16/2018 Building carriers is an important part of the Indian strategy to counter the rise of Chinese maritime power. Read More >>
02/16/2018 The Finnish national defense focus is becoming broadened toward perimeter and regional defense. Read More >>
02/15/2018 With the coming of the CH-53K there is a strategic opportunity for the Navy-Marine Corps to reshape how they handle data. Read More >>
02/14/2018 The Finns are reworking regional defense and playing a key role. Read More >>
02/14/2018 The Brits are standing up their F-35 facilities at RAF Marham this year. Read More >>
02/13/2018 Stephen Blank looks at Ukrainian dilemmas and how the United States might help. Read More >>
02/13/2018 India Strategic highlights a key Russian view of the future of the Indian-Russian defense industrial relationship. Read More >>
02/12/2018 The Williams Foundation next seminar focuses on the challenges of the shift from the land wars to higher tempo, high intensity operations. Read More >>
02/12/2018 The Sikorsky Customer Service Center established in 2015 provides some ground breaking approaches which can have a significant impact for the US and allied militaries. Read More >>
02/12/2018 he activation of the MSB is in line with the Commandant's priorities to modernize the force and develop increased 21st century war fighting capabilities. Read More >>
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02/11/2018 Slideshow:USS America Completes First Deployment ... Read More >>
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01/30/2018 Video:Tanker Flight ... Read More >>
01/22/2018 Video:HMAS Warramunga Continues Counter-Drug Mission ... Read More >>
01/21/2018 Video:Talisman Saber 17 and Blue Green Team ... Read More >>
01/20/2018 Video:Osprey in Aero-Medical Research ... Read More >>
01/20/2018 Video:F-35 Icy Runway Testing ... Read More >>
01/18/2018 Video:USAF Bombers Deploy to UK ... Read More >>
01/17/2018 Video:The F-35 Enabled USS Wasp Arrives in Japan ... Read More >>
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01/15/2018 F-22s have become part of the regular air combat force in the Middle East for the US and the allies. Read More >>
01/12/2018 This video highlights building shelters in the Middle East for RAAF combat aircraft. Read More >>
01/10/2018 Video:Memphis Belle-Restoration Update Jan. 2018 ... Read More >>
01/08/2018 Video:1 MEF 2017 Year in Review ... Read More >>
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11/28/2017 – A video overview on the latest WTI course at USMC Air Station Yuma.Read More>>
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The 2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference will be held from 10-12 October 2017 in Essen Germany.
The next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus on the evolution and significance of electronic warfare for a 21st century integrated combat force. It will be held August 23, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT.
Adapting ASW Skill Sets
This article published in Front Line Defence, Issue 5, 2017 looks at the 12th Wing Shearwater and its evolving approach to ASW.
The Future of Electronic Warfare
Danish Defense Modernization
This article published in Front Line Defence, Issue 5, 2017 looks at Denmark’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.
Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense
This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.
The Maritime Services, the Allies and Shaping the Kill Web
Northern European and North Atlantic Defense: The Challenges Return
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.
Rethinking China Policy
This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.
Integrated Air and Missile Defence Study: The Challenge of Integrated Force Design
This Williams Foundation Report examines IAMD as a case study of how one might design an integrated force by design rather than doing so post-acquisition of platforms.
Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?
Levearge and Learning from Allied Forces
The Integration of the F-35B into USMC Operations
This special report provides an update on the introduction and integration of the F-35B into evolving USMC operations.
Norway Shaping Its 21st Century Defence
This article published in Front Line Defence, Vol. 14, No 2., 2017 looks at Norway’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.
Denmarks Eyeing Russia Looks to 20% Defense Spending Boost: What it Means
“Denmark faces more serious threats than in any other period following the fall of the Berlin Wall.” In this Breaking Defense article published on November 17, 2017 the Danish approach is discussed.
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.
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.
Visiting RAF Lossiemouth: The RAF Shapes a Way Ahead
The RAF is in transition and RAF Lossiemouth is a key base where it is taking place.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
The F-35 and Transformation of the Power Projection Forces
We have just published a Special Report based on US and allied interviews on this important subject.
New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration
The Williams Foundation sponsored a seminar with regard to the way ahead on force integration.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia Crafts Its Own Anti-Access, Area Denial Strategy
The Australian military is shaping a transformed military force, one built around new platforms but ones that operate in a joint manner in an extended battlespace. as seen in this August 19, 2016 Breaking Defense article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force
The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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—General George Patton Jr.
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