SLD Special Reports

Maritime Autonomous Systems in a Combined Operation with Manned Aircraft

03/03/2024 Maritime autonomous systems can be used a variety of ways to support the combat force. My book to be published this month, The Coming of Maritime Autonomous Systems: Empowering and Enhancing the Kill Web Force discusses how they can complement, supplement or supplant a manned force in specific combat situations. This report looks at one… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

MBDA and the Arsenal of Democracy: A March 2024 Update

03/17/2024 By Pierre Tran Paris – MBDA seeks to build missiles faster and in larger numbers, while keeping costs under control, with client nations rebuilding weapon stocks in response to major… Read more »

The US Navy Adds to its Kill Web Capability: The Triton Comes to Italy

03/11/2024 By Robbin Laird The Triton is a key member of the Navy, joint and allied forces shaping a kill web maritime force. It is so important in my view for… Read more »

The Coming of Maritime Autonomous Systems: A New Book for 2024

03/10/2024 By LtGen Steve Rudder (Retired) The Ukraine employment of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) in attacks on the Russian Black Sea Fleet represents a window into the lethality of swarming and… Read more »

An Update on the CH-53K and Shaping a Way Ahead: The Perspective of Col Fleeger

03/08/2024 By Robbin Laird Col Kate Fleeger is the head of NAVAIR’s PMA-261 which manages the cradle to grave procurement, development, support, fielding, and disposal of the entire family of H-53… Read more »

Payloads, Lift, Autonomous Systems and EABOs

03/06/2024 By Robbin Laird The Marines in focusing on EABOs have two key lift assets which can deliver autonomous systems payloads to an EABO and to do so with the reduced… Read more »

French Weapons for Ukraine: March 2024 Update

03/04/2024 By Pierre Tran Paris – The French armed forces ministry published March 4 a list with the value of weapons, military kit, and financial support provided in Ukraine’s bloody struggle… Read more »
In Briefs

F-35 Operations At MacDill

04/12/2024 The 58th Fighter Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, conducts F-35A Lightning II training operations at MacDill AFB, Florida, Feb. 28, 2024. TAMPA, FL, 02.28.2024 Video by Senior Airman… Read more »

CLB-6 and Finnish Service Members Work Helo Ops

04/10/2024 U.S. Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conduct helicopter sling load operations during exercise Freezing Winds 23 in Dragsvik, Finland, Nov.… Read more »

USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) Virtual Tour

04/08/2024 Meet some of the crew as they talk about the U.S. Navy’s newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship. The first of its name, the ship honors United States Marine Corps… Read more »

USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) Commissioning

04/05/2024 Future USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) will be commissioned Feb 17th 2023 aboard Naval Air Station, North Island. ESB6 is named after SGT Major John L. Canley who was… Read more »

31st MEU Trains for Maritime Interdiction

04/03/2024 U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, simulate firefights to extract detainees and gain control of the vessel during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the USS… Read more »

Autonomous Warrior 2023

04/01/2024 ONR and its international arm, ONR Global, participated in the recent Autonomous Warrior 2023 (AW23) exercise, located at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay, Australia. AW23 brought together Australian military allies,… Read more »

CLB 6 Conduct Test Flights in Norway of TRV-150

03/29/2024 Group, prepare a Tactical Resupply Vehicle 150 (TRV-150) unmanned aircraft system for test flight operations in Setermoen, Norway, Feb. 6, 2024. CLB-6 conducted test flights to study the performance and… Read more »

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Video of the Month

Military Free Fall Jump

03/09/2024 A first person view of a Green Beret performing a joint military free fall jump with Greek special operations forces. This jump strengthened the partnership between 10th SFG(A) and Greek… Read more »
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