SLD Special Reports

Report from the International Fighter Conference 2018: Perspectives on the Way Ahead with Airpower Modernization

11/28/2018This year’s International Fighter Conference held in Berlin 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… Download PDF Now »
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Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance: Crafting a Strategic Capability

01/14/2019On April 11, 2018, the Williams Foundation will hold its latest seminar on shaping 21st deterrence capabilities. The seminar will be held in Canberra, Australia from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM… Read more »

Algeria Operating New UAVs from UAE and China

01/08/2019By defenceWeb Algeria’s military has greatly expanded its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet, and is now operating aircraft acquired from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as China. Video… Read more »

The Gatwick Drone Incident: Networks and Disruptive Challenges

01/03/2019If ever one wanted proof that disruption of advanced networks is a challenge and a problem, look no further than the recent disruptions of air traffic in the UK and… Read more »

Has Russia Launched the Hypersonic Age?

01/02/2019By Richard Weitz “This is a great New Year’s present for the country,” President Putin told senior Russian military and political leaders when he oversaw Russia’s successful test of its… Read more »

Germany, Direct Defense and Reshaping Coalitions

12/30/2018By Robbin Laird Recently, I wrote a review of the outstanding book by Sir Paul Lever which examines Germany’s role in Europe and the challenges facing Germany as it shapes… Read more »

Combat Speed and Combined Arms Offensive Operations: General Monash and the Battle of Le Hamel

12/29/2018By Robbin Laird Peter FitzSimmons has written a trilogy of books focused on Australia and the First World War. His latest book focuses specifically on an aspect of the First… Read more »
In Briefs

USAF and Directed Energy

01/16/2019Air force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation conduct an experiment looking at the use of lasers and high-powered microwave against small unmanned systems. WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM, UNITED STATES… Read more »

HMAS Ballarat Completes First Patrol

01/14/2019In an article by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald and published by the Royal Australian Navy on December 15, 2018, the HMAS Ballarat completion of its first patrol in the Middle East was discussed.… Read more »

One Mean Aircraft

01/12/2019The F-35C Lightning II is the Navy’s aircraft carrier version of the new joint strike fighter now in the hands of a select few naval aviators.  One pilot tells us… Read more »

Directed Energy Solutions for Counter-UAS

01/11/2019Air Force experimentation on White Sands Missile Range with the use of high-powered microwave and laser systems to shoot down small unmanned aircraft. WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM, UNITED STATES… Read more »

C-17 Ops in Alaska

01/09/2019Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson remains at 100% mission readiness just 36 hours after a major earthquake. 12.01.2018 Video by Senior Airman Austin Johnson-Harper  Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs Read more »