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 »
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Finland Participates in NATO Cyber Coalition 2019 Exercise

12/07/2019In an article published by the Finnish Ministry of Defence on December 5, 2019, the engagement of Finland in the NATO Cyber Coalition 2019 Exercise was highlighted. Finland participated as… Read more »

The Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious Force at Full Strength

12/06/2019By Lieutenant Rilana Ostheim The Royal Australian Navy is now one of the world’s premier amphibious forces after the fleet’s two Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) and landing craft achieved… Read more »

Are Eurofighter and Rafale Modernization Paths Crossing Cutting or Parallel?: Perspectives from the International Fighter Conference 2019

12/03/2019By Robbin Laird We had three different sets of presentations throughout the International Fighter Conference 2019 which discussed how the capabilities of the French, German and Eurofighter operating forces in.… Read more »

An Update on the New Offshore Patrol Vessel

12/03/2019By Max Blenkin The big grey warships, the frigates and guided missile destroyers, may well be the star athletes of the modern Royal Australian Navy, but it’s always been the little ships which did most… Read more »

Rethinking the Amphibious Task Force: Digital Interoperability and the Transformation of USMC Aviation

12/01/2019By Robbin Laird With the transformation of Marine Corps Aviation, the older notion of the ARG-MEU is being replaced by a much more flexible concept of the amphibious task force.… Read more »

Japanese-Australian Cooperation in Exercise Hyuga Nada

12/01/2019By Lieutenant Commander Kelli Lunt An Australian command task group element was based in a Japanese ship for the first time during a mine counter-measures exercise in Japan. Minehunters HMA… Read more »
In Briefs

Robotic Systems

12/09/2019Two autonomous Australian Army M113 AS4 armoured vehicles conducted fire and manoeuvre training demonstrations alongside crewed vehicles, UAS and ground robots to Department of Defence senior leadership at the Majura… Read more »

Newcatle 500

12/08/2019The Royal Australian Navy, Australian Regular Army and the Royal Australian Air Force joined forces at the Newcastle 500 – Supercars 22-24 November, to showcase Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities… Read more »

VFA 115 at Sea

12/04/2019PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 27, 2019) A video production of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). VFA 115 is forward-deployed to the… Read more »

Combat King Refuels the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment

12/02/2019The 920th Rescue Wing’s HC-130N Combat King refuels the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment MH-60 and MH-47 on Oct. 10, 2019. The mission of the HC-130P/N Combat King is to… Read more »

Global Thunder 20

11/29/2019Global Thunder 20 is an annual U.S. Strategic Command exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. ABILENE, TX, UNITED STATES 10.29.2019 Video… Read more »

HMAS Canberra Freedom of Entry March

11/28/2019The Ship’s company of RAN Flagship, HMAS Canberra III, have exercised their right to freedom of entry into the City of Canberra. More than 300 Officers, Sailors, Soldiers and Airman… Read more »


11/27/2019U.S. Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion and the New Zealand Army conduct Exercise Sari Bair at Waiouru Military Camp, Wanganui-Manawatu, New Zealand, October 8-12, 2019. Exercise Sari… Read more »