SLD Special Reports

The Return of Direct Defense in Europe: The Challenges for Germany

02/17/2019We have been looking at the strategic shift for the liberal democracies from a primary focus on the land wars in the Middle East to the challenge of dealing with crisis management involving peer competitors who can engage in force-on-force conflict. We have done so both with regard to the Pacific and with regard to… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

The UK Engages in the PREDA Effort: Software Upgradeability via Platform for Rapid Exploitation of Digital Applications

03/18/2019Shaping ways to gain transient software advantage and rapid insertion of technological advances is key to a 21st century software-enabled combat force. In a recent article published by the UK… Read more »

Finland Works Naval Modernization: Corvettes in Support of National Air Defense

03/18/2019The Finns are in the process of acquiring four new corvettes equipped to contribute to their national air defense capabilities. They are in the process of acquiring and equipping four… Read more »

A Five Year Anniversary: Russia Changes the Game in Europe

03/17/2019Recently, the Norwegian government reminded us of the anniversary of the new phase of European development. Five years have passed since Russia illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol on 18 March… Read more »

USS Blue Ridge Works with the Philippine Navy

03/17/2019By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan Mckay, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Public Affairs MANILA, Philippines (NNS) — U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked… Read more »

The Future is Now: The US Navy, the Kill Web and Dealing with Putin’s Challenge

03/15/2019By Ed Timperlake President Putin has just given all in America a wakeup call, but  to the Russian Military everlasting regret if combat ever breaks out  the US Navy is… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead to Deal with Hypersonic High Speed Cruise Missiles

03/15/2019By Ed Timperlake My initial 2011 paper “winning Air/Sea Battle” only looked at F-35 as early warning platform  Essentially, I focused in that paper on the F-35s as providing a… Read more »
In Briefs

Airplane Maintenance Working at Night and In the Cold

03/18/2019Night shift Airmen work through the cold and darkness to deliver safe, reliable and mission-ready aircraft every day. RP, GERMANY 01.29.2019 Video by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Plyler  52nd Fighter Wing Public… Read more »

AC-130 Gunship Participates in Exercise Emerald Warrior 2019

03/13/2019An AC-130W Stinger II aircraft and aircrew from the 16th Special Operations Squadron arrives to Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior/Trident.  Emerald Warrior/Trident is… Read more »

USMC Helicopter Support Team, Japan 

03/11/2019Video highlights Marines participating in helicopter support team operations Jan. 14-16, 2019 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Landing Support Company, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine… Read more »

Cope North 2019: USAF Perspective

03/07/2019F-16C Fighting Falcons and F-15 Eagles receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during Cope North 19, February 26, 2019.  As U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest multilateral exercise, the annual event… Read more »