SLD Special Reports

The 11 April 2024 Sir Richard Williams Seminar: The Multi-Domain Requirements of an Australian Defence Strategy

05/12/2024 The first of two seminars of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation in 2024 was held on 11 April 2024 at the National Gallery of Australia. The seminar was entitled, The Multi-Domain Requirements of an Australian Maritime Strategy and the aim of the seminar was identified as follows: “To examine the enduring and emerging multi-domain requirements… Download PDF Now »
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A Focused Force: Autonomous Systems and a Distributed ISR Enterprise

05/14/2024 As the Australian government shifts the direction on building out the ADF future force, having an effective distributed ISR enterprise is a crucial element in enabling such a force. The… Read more »

Royal Australian Navy Explores Autonomy and Optional Crewing: Eyes LUSV as Potential LOSV Solution

05/12/2024 By Gregor Ferguson The Australian Department of Defence’s response to the Royal Australian Navy surface fleet review, Enhanced Lethality Surface Combatant Fleet, published in February, announced the RAN would field… Read more »

Insights on European Defence from the Defence24 Conference: May 2024

05/10/2024 Robert Czulda NATO member states must step up their defense efforts, as Russia continues to pose a threat that persists. The time gained through Ukraine’s resistance is being squandered –… Read more »

Australia’s New Defence Strategy: Reshaping the ADF into a Focused Force

05/09/2024 By Robbin Laird The Australian government has laid out its strategy of change for the ADF in last year’s Defence Strategic Review (DSR) and in this year’s defence investment plan… Read more »

Looking Back at the Formation of MAWTS-1 and Shaping a Way Ahead

05/07/2024 By Robbin Laird I had a chance to talk with LtCol Howard DeCastro, the first CO of MAWTS-1 and LtGen Barry Knutson, the eighth commander of MAWTS-1, the day before… Read more »

The French Defence Minister Visits Vietnam

05/06/2024 By Pierre Tran Paris – The armed forces minister, Sébastien Lecornu, is due to make an official visit to Vietnam to attend French and Vietnamese commemoration on May 6 and… Read more »
In Briefs

Distributed Aviation Operations (DAO) during Exercise Nordic Response 24

05/27/2024 Distributed Aviation Operations (DAO) during Exercise Nordic Response 24 at Oulu, Finland, March 8, 2024. Exercise Nordic Response is an opportunity for the 2nd MAW to refine the DAO warfighting… Read more »

2nd MAWT at Arctic Response 24

05/24/2024 U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Scott F. Benedict commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and 2nd MAW and allied participants during Exercise Nordic Response 24 in Alta, Norway, March… Read more »

Assault Support Tactics 2

05/22/2024 The photos are of Marine Corps operations in Assault Support Tactics 2 as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-24, at Landing Zone Star, near Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery… Read more »

Forward Arming Refueling Point Training During WTI 2-24

05/20/2024 U.S. Marines, assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, debrief after conducting a Forward Arming and Refueling Point exercise during Assault Support Tactics 4 as part of Weapons… Read more »

ARG-24th MEU Conducts Simulated Strait Transit

05/13/2024 Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), performs flight operations while the Wasp (WSP) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) conducts a simulated strait transit during Composite… Read more »

15th MEU Working in Boxer Amphibious Ready Group

05/10/2024 The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarks aboard the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group for routine operations and the completion of integrated at-sea training exercises in the Pacific Ocean in January 2024.… Read more »


05/08/2024 U.S. East-Coast based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs), 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Berets, Alaskan Coast Guardsmen and Norwegian Special Operations Commandos conduct joint operations to strengthen interoperability and… Read more »

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Change of Command, MAWTS-1, May 3, 2024

05/15/2024 U.S. Marines participate in the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One Change of Command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, May 3, 2024. The MAWTS-1 Change of… Read more »
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