09/30/2014 – For the foreseeable future the response of national governments in Europe will be to yield greater local economic and political autonomy, eroding the authority of national governments at the same time that the elites of Europe seek greater economic and political integration of the European Union.
09/27/2014 – ISIS is a brutal force, which asserts that only they have the right to rule in the Middle East and beyond.
We need to engage in the battle of ideas as well for it is Western secularism and tolerance which is the enemy of ISIS.
09/25/2014 – In this piece by the editor of India Strategic, an update is provided on the Indian space program and its Mars orbiter effort.
Indian scientists successfully maneuvered their Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft into the Martian orbit Sep 24,, 2014.
09/21/2014 – Turkey has been a reluctant ally in dealing with ISIS..
This article explains why but it remains to be determined whether the volatility of the situation will force the hand of Turkish policy..
09/20/2014 – China Russia, and Central Asian states exercise in China against robust terrorist targets..
The Chinese-Russian relationship was featured but the future role of the Central Asian states in the wake of the Afghan military withdrawal is in play as well..
In this Special Report, Second Line of Defense looks at the evolving defense and security situation in the Arctic and Northern Europe. ...Download PDF Now>>
09/27/2014 Chinese border provocations against India hardly help improve relations with India. Read More >>
09/25/2014 The Zephyr promises to provide an alternative to satellites for some missions. Read More >>
09/25/2014 Video:Tomahawks Launched Against ISIS Targets ... Read More >>
09/25/2014 Valiant Shield 2014 exercise concludes and tests capabilities of US forces in the Pacific. Read More >>
09/24/2014 Video:USS George H.W. Bush Continues Strikes Against ISIS ... Read More >>
09/24/2014 In this article, we look at the initial use of airpower in operations against the ISIS. Read More >>
09/23/2014 A new partnership to expand the role of robotics in underwater systems. ... Read More >>
09/23/2014 The first A400M for Malaysia is being built on the final assembly line in Seville Spain. ... Read More >>
09/22/2014 Slideshow: Faces of Valiant Shield 2014 ... Read More >>
09/22/2014 The Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC, C/1-1 ADA and Task Force Talon are the first U.S. Soldiers to participate in Valiant Shield. Read More >>
09/22/2014 This interview with Raleigh Durham looks back at the challenges facing successful innovation and the role of Mike Wynne in that process. Read More >>
09/21/2014 This article looks at ways to engage effectively in dealing with 21st century conflicts. ... Read More >>
09/21/2014 In this piece by Gordon Chang, the author looks at the evolving alliance between the PRC and Russia. Read More >>
09/20/2014 This article addresses ways to move the Russian Mistral out of Russian hands. ... Read More >>
09/20/2014 Dr. Harald Malmgren examines the evolution of Chinese decision making and the role of the PLA in this article. ... Read More >>
09/19/2014 ISIS success is fueling cross-fertilization of terrorist groups outside of the Middle East. ... Read More >>
09/17/2014 An Independent Scotland is certainly a viable option. ... Read More >>
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09/16/2014 The USS America has arrived at its home port in San Diego. ... Read More >>
09/14/2014 Slideshow:George H.W. Bush Carrier in Iraq Operations ... Read More >>
10/01/2014 Video:B-1B Being Refueled for Syrian Operations ... Read More >>
10/01/2014 Video:Marines Unmanned Vehicle-Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) ... Read More >>
09/30/2014 Video:Medical Personnel use Tele-medicine to reach patients ... Read More >>
09/28/2014 Video:KC-135s Refueling USN Aircraft for Strikes against the ISIL. Read More >>
09/26/2014 Video:Small Unit Water Purification for Expeditionary Operations ... Read More >>
09/25/2014 Slideshow:The Fleet Launches Tomahawk Missiles as Part of Iraqi-Syrian Mission ... Read More >>
09/25/2014 Slideshow:Naval Forces Exercise Land Attack Role in Valiant Shield 2014 ... Read More >>
09/23/2014 Video:Coast Guard Icebreaker Rescues Man Aboard Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice ... Read More >>
09/23/2014 Video:Valiant Shield 2014 SINKEX ... Read More >>
09/22/2014 Video:USMC Practices Long Range Raid in Valiant Shield 2014 ... Read More >>
09/21/2014 Slideshow:Valiant Shield: Testing the Ability of the Fleet to Engage Airborne Threats ... Read More >>
09/20/2014 Video:Exercise Jackal Stone 2014 ... Read More >>
09/20/2014 Video:Shaping a Distributed C2 System ... Read More >>
09/19/2014 Video:Valiant Shield 2014 Missile Exercise ... Read More >>
09/18/2014 Video:Medicine and War: Part Three ... Read More >>
09/17/2014 Slideshow:USS America Arrives in San Diego ... Read More >>
09/15/2014 Video:Medicine and War: Part Two ... Read More >>
09/13/2014 Slideshow:Various Photos of the USS America at Sea ... Read More >>
09/12/2014 Video:The Afghan Trucking System Feeds the Grid ... Read More >>
09/12/2014 Video:Medicine and War: From World War I to Today ... Read More >>
09/10/2014 Video:Steadfast Javelin II Exfiltration Operation ... Read More >>
09/10/2014 Video:Steadfast Javelin II Canadian Air Assault ... Read More >>
09/09/2014 Video:A NATO Perspective on Aegis ... Read More >>
09/09/2014 Video:NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission ... Read More >>
09/08/2014 Video:NATO Wales Summit: Osprey Entrance and Special Ops ... Read More >>
09/08/2014 Video:B-1 Bombers in Afghanistan ... Read More >>
08/23/2014 – AF-2 achieved 1,000 flight hours on June 18, 2014. ...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.
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.
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
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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—General George Patton Jr.
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