Defense & Security Industry Publications

Second Line of Defense offers a series of thought provoking and insightful publications written by some of the worlds leading experts on global defense and security issues, such as the 21st Secretary of the USAF, Michael Wynne, the Honorable Ed Timperlake, Lt. General (retired) George Trautman, Lt. General (retired) David Deptula, and Dr. Robbin Laird. These writers are frequent op-ed contributors to the defense press, such as the BBC, Defense News, Novosti, DOD Buzz and Politico.

Featured Publication

    The second edition of Three Dimensional Warriors focuses on the evolution of USMC aviation and the changing combat approaches, which empower the force.  The USMC is at the forefront in shaping a distributed operations approach for the American military, an approach that is critical for such strategic shifts as the “pivot to the Pacific.”

    Based on original interviews with the Marines and other services, the roll out of the F-35, the combat experience of the Osprey, the building of the new amphibious ships, the new role for the Miitary Sealift Command are all highlighted.

    Original interviews with senior military officers in the Pacific, the 7th USAF, the senior USMC (MARFORPAC), the head of 1st Marine Air Wing, and others provide unparalled insights into the USMC and USN’s approach to the future.

    The USMC is rolling out 21st century systems to shape a new approach.  The F-35 and Osprey are not 20th century systems, so in order to understand the evolution of military technology and approaches, analysts, journalists and students should read this important new book.

    Part One provides an introduction and overview of the evolution of the USMC “Three Dimensional Warriors ” including their operational experience with the Osprey. More important, we look at how USMC operations have changed, and the impact of the F-35 on the future of power projection — and the USMC role within that future.

    Part Two addresses selected operational dynamics where change is evident, such as the evolution of the seabase as seen in Bold Alligator 2012 and Libya, and planning for the pivot to the Pacific.

    Part Three covers aspects of preparing for the future. The focus is on three key elements of shaping capability, specifically the work of the USMC at Yuma Air Station, the joint training facility for the F-35 at Eglin and the emergence of the new aviation-centric large deck amphibious ship, the USS America.

    The final section looks at the emerging capabilities, covering the impact of the USS America on the expeditionary strike group and the impact of the USMC’s F-35 flown by the USMC within an overall context of U.S. joint and allied capabilities. We conclude by examining the nature of a new combat learning process associated with evolving three-dimensional combat capabilities.

The Three Dimensional Warriors: Second Edition
The Three Dimensional Warriors: Second Edition

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Featured Publication

    Second Line of Defense is publishing the first book on the maintenance revolution generated by the F-35. The Second Line of Defense staff conducted several interviews and visited various F-35 facilities to discuss with practioners the evolution of the maintenance approach.
    The F-35 is the first combat aircraft designed with maintainability as part of the con-ops of the airplane. Increased ability to share maintenance practices across the services and the partners, as well as common parts provisions, are at the heart of enabling the aircraft to operate globally and more efficiently and effectively.
    The book looks at the key elements of the cultural shift associated with the F-35 maintenance paradigm and the potential impact on combat capabilities.

The F-35 Maintenance Revolution
The F-35 Maintenance Revolution

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Important Publications

21st Century Air Capabilities

21st Century Air Capabilities by Dr. Robbin Laird, focuses on the Three M’s —Multi-Mission, Maintainability, and Manufacturability— of shaping 21stcentury air capabilities. Flexibility, agility, reliability and performance are highly interactive elements for building viable air platforms and systems for the years ahead. In today’s world, the acquisition of aircraft in financially stringent environments favors multi-mission platforms. The U.S. and allied air forces are buying fewer aircraft and a smaller variety of aircraft. The expectation is that the aircraft purchased will perform more than their core specialty. Learn more, buy 21st Century Air Capabilities.

21st Century Air Capabilities

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Meeting the Challenge of Maritime Security

Meeting The Challenge Of Maritime Security is a series of interviews and essays first appearing on the web site Second Line of Defense. SLDinfo.com focuses on the creation and sustainment of military and security capability and the crucial role of the support community (logistics community, industrial players, civilian contractors, etc.). Additionally, SLDinfo covers the evolving public-private partnerships among democracies and partners in crafting real military and security capabilities. Meeting The Challenge Of Maritime Security highlights the challenges shaping maritime security in the 21st Century.

Meeting the Challenge of Maritime Security

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Re-Norming Air Operations

“Re-Norming” Air Operations by Dr. Robbin Laird, examines how to re-build U.S. air power. U.S. air power is at a crucial turning point. With significant budget reductions and the USAF at a low point in terms of its percentage of the Defense budget, the crucial requirement is to invest in the future not the past. The new aircraft represent a sea change with significant savings in terms of fleet costs and overall capability at the same time. But this will not happen unless policy makers understand that the transition is not simply from 4th generation to 5th generation aircraft. It is a transition from a legacy approach to war fighting to distributed operations.

Re-Norming Air Operations

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