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European Defense, the Arctic and the Future

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Australia to Plus Up Tanker and Lift Fleet?

08/20/2014  The Australian MOD is interested in adding two more C-17s and two more KC-30As.   Read More >>

First Chinese Corvette for Algeria

08/20/2014  The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding company has launched the first of three new C28A corvettes for Algeria.   Read More >>

Update on Airstrikes in Iraq, August 18 2014

08/19/2014  Video:Update on Airstrikes in Iraq, August 18 2014 ...   Read More >>

MARFORPAC Change of Command

08/18/2014  Video:MARFORPAC Change of Command ...  

The Many Faces of the USS America: Shaping a Crew at Sea

08/17/2014  Slideshow:The Many Faces of the USS America: Shaping a Crew at Sea ...   Read More >>

Iraq 2014 is Not Iraq 2003: The Allied Dimension

08/16/2014  Allied support for the Kurds in their struggle against ISIS provides a significant opportunity for recrafting US Iraq policy.   Read More >>

South African Reconnaissance Light Aircraft Prototype First Flight

08/13/2014  South African light reconnaissance aircraft takes flight. ...   Read More >>

Backing the Baghdad Government: A Viable Option?

08/13/2014  Can the Baghdad government play a serious role in reconciliation or is it simply about maintaining the power of the governing faction? ...   Read More >>

France, the EU and the Kurds: "Need to Deal with ISIS"

08/13/2014  France steps up to the plate to support the Kurds and the Christians in Iraq. ...   Read More >>

2014 is NOT 2003: Information War Informed Combat Capability

08/11/2014  Information war is a neglected dimension by the US in Iraq; but not by ISIS.   Read More >>

The Iron Dome: How to Win the Information War

08/11/2014  Linking both technology and rules of engagement is a critical component of 21st Century Information War. ...   Read More >>

Seizing the Moment in Iraq: Shaping an Effective Way Ahead

08/11/2014  Rather than mission creep, we would define the mission clearly and focus on the means to succeed with that mission.   Read More >>

Iraq 2014: Not Repeating COIN

08/10/2014  Iraq 2014 is not Iraq 2003. ...   Read More >>

Working the Tactics and Training of F-35Bs with VMFA-121: The Perspective of Maj Roger "HASMAT" Greenwood

08/10/2014  Major Greenwood discusses MAWTS-1 and the F-35.   Read More >>

Russia, Client States and Building Out a 21st Century Strategy

08/10/2014  The West has allies; the Russians have clients. ...   Read More >>

Shaping a Global A330MRTT Fleet: Shaping Sustainable Airpower Reach

08/10/2014  Sustainable reach is a fundamental operational objective. ...   Read More >>

USS Bush in Support of Iraqi Operations

08/09/2014  The USS Bush was first to respond to the call for targeted air strikes in Iraq. ...   Read More >>

USMC and Norwegians to Conduct Readiness Exercise, August 2014

08/08/2014  U.S. Marines to Modernize Equipment Stored in Norwegian Prepositioning Caves ...   Read More >>

The USS America and a Cluster of Innovation

08/08/2014  The USS America is an enabler of 21st century amphibious assault operations.   Read More >>

In Brief

24th MEU, French Fourragere ceremony

08/20/2014  Video:24th MEU, French Fourragere ceremony ...  

X-47B Flight Operations

08/19/2014  Video:X-47B Flight Operations ...  

Royal Canadian Navy Conducts Mooring Maneuver in the Mediterranean

08/17/2014  Video:Royal Canadian Navy Conducts Mooring Maneuver in the Mediterranean ...   Read More >>

Additional Video on USS George H.W. Bush Airstrikes Against ISIS

08/16/2014  Video:Additional Video on USS George H.W. Bush Airstrikes Against ISIS ...   Read More >>

The USS America visits the Americas: Stopping by Uruguay

08/16/2014  Slideshow:The USS America visits the Americas.  

Sea Knight Parachute Training

08/15/2014  The Marines practice parachuting from the Sea Knight helicopter. ...   Read More >>

Super Hornet Cockpit Video

08/15/2014  Video:Super Hornet Cockpit Video ...  

Preparing the Strike: Arming the Weapons Aboard the Aircraft Carrier

08/14/2014  Video:Preparing the Strike: Arming the Weapons Aboard the Aircraft Carrier ...   Read More >>

Marine Corps Prepositioning Program Modernization in Norway

08/14/2014  Slideshow:Marine Corps Prepositioning Program Modernization in Norway ...   Read More >>

Osprey Sighted in Kurdistan?

08/13/2014  2014-08-13 According to a tweet by a Dutch reporter, an Osprey has been spotted in Kurdistan. ...   Read More >>

UUV Training with Royal Jordanian Navy

08/10/2014  At Exercise Eager Lion USN and Jordanian sailors work with UUVs.   Read More >>

USN Ops In the Arabian Gulf

08/09/2014  Slideshow:USN Ops In Support of Iraq Operations.   Read More >>

French Paratrooper Talks About Training with 82nd Airborne

08/07/2014  While the Normandy invasion is being celebrated, 21st century paras practice in France for 21st century operations.   Read More >>

USCG and Partners Work a Mass Casualty Exercise

08/05/2014  In this video, the USCG is seen training with partners in the Caribbean. ...   Read More >>

USS America En Route to San Diego

08/03/2014  Slideshow:USS America En Route to San Diego visits Colombia.   Read More >>

Marine Week Seattle

08/03/2014  Video:U.S. Marines and sailors observe ships passing by during Marine Week Seattle, July 30, 2014.   Read More >>

82nd Airborne Trains with the French Foreign Legion

08/02/2014  In this video, the French Foreign Legion is seen hosting the 82nd Airborne.   Read More >>

Arctic Thunder Opening and Joint Force Demo

08/01/2014  Video:Arctic Thunder Opening and Joint Force Demo ...   Read More >>

RIMPAC Panorama View at Sea

07/30/2014  Video:RIMPAC Panorama View at Sea ...  

MRF-D Conducts a Fire Team Leaders Course

07/30/2014  The Marines train with the Australians in Fire Support Operations. ...   Read More >>

F-22 Photos from Arctic Thunder 2014

07/29/2014  Slideshow:F-22 Photos from Arctic Thunder 2014 ...   Read More >>

Extending the Reach: Refueling the Air-policing Mission

07/27/2014  Video:Extending the reach: refueling the air-policing mission ...   Read More >>

NATO Allies Exercise Securing An Airfield in Poland

07/25/2014  Video:NATO Allies Exercise Securing An Airfield in Poland ...   Read More >>

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F-35B STOVL Mode Formation Flight Testing

07/01/2014 –  Two F-35B aircraft flew in close formation for the first time in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode, ...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.

Eurosatory 2014<<


A leading security exposition, Milpol, will be held in Paris November 19-22 2013.

Milpol 2013<<


The Air Force Association’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium will be held November 21 – 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Pacific Air and Space Symposium <<

Defense & Security Publications

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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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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Captain Hall

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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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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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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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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C-17 and KC-30A at their operational base in Australia. Credit Photo: SLD

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.

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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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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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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 core image, which the General put on the table of where the transition needs  to go, is the ability to shape a combat cloud as a key element of the  battlespace within which the various deployed aircraft interact together to  shape air dominance to achieve joint force objectives. With a fifth generation enabled combat capability, one could put the pieces in place to deliver the operational situational awareness critical to joint forces, but this would be difficult if one does not have the fifth generation aircraft in the numbers required. Credit Images: Bigstock

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.

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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


Leatherneck Magazine Article on VMX-22.

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 Challenges

Procurement Strategy for 21st Century Challenges

Note to Self: Do Not Buy Yesterday’s Systems for Yesterday’s Challenges.”

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USAF Perspective on F-35 Combat Systems

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Italian Version

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.

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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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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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Deptula Last Flight

The Robotic Revolution: Building Blocks From Afghanistan

Lt. General (Retired) Deptula lays out how RPAs can be part of the Afghan Airpower Transiiton

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F-35 Radar.

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.


Azerbaijan Regional Role

In this report written by Dr. Richard Weitz, the key role which Azerbaijan plays in straddling Russia and Iran is the focus of attention.

Azerbaijan’s Regional Role

B-17 Returns to France

The B-17 lessons learned for 21st century airpower is the focus of this article.

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3 D Warriors 2nd Edition

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.


Maritime Security

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.


Air Mobiity

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.


FAF Libya

In this edition of AIR ACTUALITIES, the French Air Force provides a look at their role in the Libyan operation in early 2011.

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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.

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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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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.

Download the PDF version of the full publication here>>

3 D Warrior

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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