SLD Special Reports

A Small Ship with a Big Impact: The Aussies Work the Integrated Distributed Force

04/23/2020The Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel is the first of the new build platforms. It provides the template with regard to the entire reset of how the Australians are seeking to build out their integrated distributed force. The contours of the new template are in place and can be identified and this report provides an… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

Williamtown Airbase Operations, 2020

06/02/2020We have visited Williamtown Airbase in Australia several times in the past and look forward to future visits. In this posting, we highlight recent flight operations from Williamtown Airbase as… Read more »

Working Mobile Basing: Defining the Challenge

05/31/2020By Robbin Laird The USMC has mobile basing in its DNA. With the strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to full spectrum crisis management, an ability to distribute… Read more »

The Coming of the Air Warfare Destroyer to Australia: A Key Maritime Kill Web Building Block

05/31/2020By Robbin Laird, Williams Foundation Research Fellow Recently, the third and final Air Warfare destroyer, appropriately named HMAS Sydney was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy. This was a very… Read more »

Working Expeditionary Basing: MAWTS-1 and the F-35

05/29/2020By Robbin Laird Over the past few weeks, I have been discussing with USAF and U.S. Navy officers, how the two services are training to shape greater synergy with regard… Read more »

The Strategic Shift and Dynamic Targeting: Meeting the Challenge

05/28/2020By Robbin Laird With the strategic shift from the land wars to the more fluid battlespace involving peer competitors engaged in full spectrum crisis management with the United States and… Read more »

The Return of Direct Defense in Europe and Political Warfare: A Canadian Perspective

05/27/2020A key part of the direct defense challenge being faced in Europe today is political warfare with the 21st century authoritarian powers. And a key policy instrument being used by… Read more »
In Briefs

SPMAGTF Operating from a FARP

06/05/2020U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, conduct a Forward Aerial Refueling Point (FARP)… Read more »

Agile Wolf 3

06/04/2020The 435th Contingency Response Group conduct hot pit refueling operations on two F-16s from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as part of their exercise Agile Wolf 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base,… Read more »

Agile Wolf 2 Hot Pit Refueling

06/04/2020Hot pit refueling operations for the 435th Contingency Response Group’s exercise, Agile Wolf 20-04. RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, RP, GERMANY 05.28.2020 Video by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs Read more »

Hulburt Field Traffic Circle

06/03/2020Early morning time-lapse of Voas-Lackey traffic circle at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Oct. 18, 2019. The traffic circle was dedicated to U.S. Air Force Maj. Randell Voas, an evaluator pilot with… Read more »

MAG-36 Rapid Deployment Exercise

06/01/2020Marine Aircraft Group 36 conduct a rapid deployment exercise on Oct. 24, 2019 in Okinawa, Japan and the Indo-Pacific region. This type of realistic training is used to highlight an… Read more »

Hot Loading F-35Bs and Distributed STOVL Ops

05/30/2020U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) and U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 conducted the first independent Distributed STOVL Operation (DSO) by… Read more »

Osprey Defensive Weapon System

05/29/2020U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Aircraft Group 24, conduct a GAU-17 minigun weapons test on the MV-22B Osprey off the shore of Oahu, Hawaii, April 23,… Read more »