SLD Special Reports

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: A Williams Foundation Special Report

06/09/2021On April 8, 2021, the Williams Foundation held a seminar originally scheduled for last March. It was postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown, Chairman of the Williams Foundation put it in his prologue to the conference: “Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation conferences have focused on building… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

French Hypersonic Cruise Missiles: A Work in Progress

07/22/2021By Pierre Tran Paris – Onera and European missile builder MBDA are due to conduct the first test flight of a full-scale prototype of a French hypersonic cruise missile in… Read more »

Summer Fury 21: 3rd Marine Air Wing Works Maritime Strikes

07/21/2021by 1st Lt. Charles Allen MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (July 7, 2021) Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing begin Exercise Summer Fury 21 with a long-range maritime strike… Read more »

2nd MAW Marines Train with Finnish Air Force at Exercise ILVES

07/18/2021By Robbin Laird Since 2018, the Marines have ramped up their efforts to train in the Nordic region and to operate in Cold Weather. With the Nordics ramping up their… Read more »

HMLA-169 Long-Range Self Deployment: H-1s in the Indo-Pacific Region

07/18/2021By 1st Lt. John Hardin and 1st Lt. Tess LaBossiere KINAWA, Japan. – Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 executed one of the longest maritime HMLA self-deployment… Read more »

An Update on the French Navy: July 2021

07/16/2021By Pierre Tran Paris – The French navy has “excellent relations” with the Australian navy, which shares the French view of the importance of the Pacific region, Admiral Pierre Vandier,… Read more »

Looking Back and Looking Forward for the USMC: The Perspective of Lt. General Beaudreault, II MEF

07/15/2021By Robbin Laird I first met Lt. General Beaudreault during my visit to II MEF in April 2021. I returned on June 29, 2021 prior to the General’s retirement in… Read more »
In Briefs

II MIG and the New Battlespace

08/02/2021The Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group (MIG) provides dedicated functions within the information environment to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Utilizing the interconnectedness of troops and automated systems allows the… Read more »

Amphibiosity on Display in Talisman Sabre 2021

07/31/2021Soldiers from the ADF, U.S. Marines, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, and Royal Marine Commandos participated in a combined joint amphibious landing and air assault as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre… Read more »

US Navy Virtual Medical Operations Center

07/30/2021A video of Navy Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego’s Virtual Medical Operations Center. NMRTC San Diego’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of… Read more »

Sub Readiness Squadron

07/28/2021Naval Submarine Support Centers changed their names to Submarine Readiness Squadrons (SRS), July 15. The commands will be known as SRS 31 (Bangor), 32 (Groton), 33 (Pearl Harbor), and 36… Read more »

MAG-16 Readiness Training

07/26/2021Aircraft with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), prepare to take off at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, July 14, 2021. In a dynamic display of combat power that featured… Read more »

Sea Breeze 21 Final Exercise with Marines 6th Regiment

07/25/2021U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment conduct the final exercise, or FINEX, during Exercise Sea Breeze, July 6, 2021. UKRAINE 07.07.2021 Video by Sgt. Dylan Chagnon U.S. Naval… Read more »

Exercise Sea Breeze 21 Joint Training

07/24/2021U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and Ukrainian Marines with1st Marine Battalion, 36th Naval Infantry Brigade, conduct joint planning and movement-to-target drills during Exercise Sea Breeze, July 3,… Read more »

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Video of the Month

Night Warrior: CH-53K Night Air Refueling

07/18/2021The CH-53K King Stallion executing night vision goggle helicopter aerial refueling. It is the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations vertical, long-range, heavy-lift, logistic backbone of the Marine Corps,  today and for the… Read more »
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