SLD Special Reports

International Fighter Conference 2019: Special Report

12/05/2019Last year’s International Fighter Conference provided a chance for the participants and the attendees to focus on the role of fighters in what we have been calling the strategic shift, namely, the shift from the land wars to operating in higher intensity operations against peer competitors. It is clear that combat capabilities and operations are being… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

Prospects for Brazil in 2020: Part Two

01/16/2020By Kenneth Maxwell Brazilian Society Brazil is now overwhelmingly an urban society. Yet the countryside matters, and is now dominated by agribusiness, which is a major source of president Jair… Read more »

Prospects for Brazil in 2020: Part One

01/14/2020By Kenneth Maxwell Politics in Brazil are already polarized and will continue to be so in 2020. The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, owed his election to this polarization. He will… Read more »

An Update on European Defense Industrial Generated Systems: January 2020

01/12/2020Pierre Tran Paris Industrial partners Airbus and Dassault Aviation last month cut an offer to between €7 billion-€8 billion ($7.8 billion-$8.9 billion) from a previous price tag of some €10… Read more »

Perspectives on French and European Defense Policies: 2019

01/07/2020During the past year, Pierre Tran, based in Paris, has provided our readers with insights on the evolution of French and European defense policies. The series of articles has provided… Read more »

French Arm Their Reaper UAVs: Conduct a Strike in Mali

01/07/2020By defenceWeb France has for the first time conducted an air strike with one of its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in Mali, days after guided bombs were added to the… Read more »

Nigeria Builds Out Maritime Capacity in 2020

01/07/2020By defemceWeb The Nigerian Navy (NN) plans to take delivery of 41 new vessels in 2020, including patrol boats, interceptors and a hydrographic survey vessel. In mid-December, the Nigerian Navy’s… Read more »
In Briefs

F35 Joint Fires

01/17/2020F35 Joint Live Fire Exercise FORT BLISS, TX, 11.06.2019 Video by Sgt. Dontavian Harrison 24th Theater Public Affairs Support Element Read more »

Pacific Reach

01/15/2020The Australian Department of Defence is contributing to a whole-of-Government initiative to further deepen Australia’s engagement in the Pacific region. Since the announcement of the Pacific Step-up in November 2018,… Read more »

Immediate Response Force Deploys to Iraq

01/14/2020Following up the insertion of a USMC SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Force to the US embassy in Iraq, U.S. Air Force Airmen load equipment assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd… Read more »


01/13/2020The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III satellite at 8:51 a.m. EST, Dec. 23 from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape… Read more »

KC10 Medivac Configuration

01/10/2020Travis AFB tests prototype to enhance KC-10 Extender Aeromedical Evacuation capabilities. TRAVIS AFB, CA, 12.04.2019 Video by Senior Airman Amy Younger 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Read more »

B2 Bomber

01/08/2020The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S.… Read more »

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

01/06/2020This video serves as a Bomber Task Force Europe wrap-up video production, which captures the efforts and successes of the deployed Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to RAF… Read more »