SLD Special Reports

The Strategic Shift and the Reset for Australian Defence and Security

04/26/2019The latest Williams Seminar held in Canberra on April 11, 2019 focused on the strategic shift for Australia within the context of the evolving global situation. Facing the rising challenges posed by the 21stcentury authoritarian states, and by the changing nature of alliances in the Pacific and in Europe, Australia needs to enhance its sovereign… Download PDF Now »
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A Look Back at the Remarkable US-Brazilian Military Relationship

05/19/2019By Kenneth Maxell Frank D. McCann, professor of history emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, has long been an observer of US-Brazilian military relationships. He knows both sides very… Read more »

The Decade Ahead for Europe: An EU Perspective

05/15/2019By Robbin Laird Clearly, Europe is in crisis. In my own view, it faces a double constitutional crisis. Brexit is an internal constitutional crisis in the “United” Kingdom and poses… Read more »

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

05/14/2019A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a… Read more »

Competitive Cross-Learning: The 21st Century Authoritarian Powers and the Liberal Democracies

05/12/2019By Robbin Laird The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy underscored the return of great power competition. By so doing, they did focus much more on the world as it is,… Read more »

Shaping an Integrated at Sea Force: The Case of the New Build Australian Off-Shore Patrol Vessels

05/12/2019By Robbin Laird Two broad findings can be drawn from my five years of visiting Australia and working with the Australian Defence Force. The first is that they are very… Read more »

The Venezuelan Crisis: The Humanitarian Engagement

05/10/2019By Ed Timperlake As the Guaidó forces on the streets of Venezuela were losing the tactical battle, a strategic defeat was rapidly approaching, that is until the president made an… Read more »
In Briefs

Indo-Pacific Endeavour, 2019

05/18/2019A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a… Read more »

VMFA-232 Maintainers at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

05/15/2019U. S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, perform maintenance checks on an F/A-18C Hornet during Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A)… Read more »

Refueling F-35B Over South China Sea

05/13/2019An F-35B Lightning II attack jet flies alongside a KC-130J tanker aircraft attached to a refueling drogue during an aerial refueling mission above the East China Sea, Oct. 23, 2018. … Read more »

F-35 Distributed STOVL Operations

05/10/2019A short video compilation showing U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft conducting distributed short take-off and vertical landing operations to simultaneously re-arm and refuel from KC-130J Hercules aircraft, as… Read more »

US F-16s Operating from Sweden in Trident Juncture 2018

05/08/2019F-16C Fighting Falcons and support Airmen from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrived at Kallax Air Base, Sweden, in support of Trident Juncture 2018.… Read more »

Trident Juncture 2018: Initial Equipment Arrival for the Exercise

05/06/2019The first arrival of equipment in Norway for Trident Juncture 2018.  The civilian Italian RORO (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessel Capucine was used to transport Containers and vehicles. NORWAY 08.08.2018 Video by Capt. Kylee… Read more »

Osprey Cold Weather Training

05/05/2019A U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 conduct flight familiarization over Fort McCoy, Wis. during Ullr Shield, Jan. 19, 2018. Ullr Shield is a training exercise designed to… Read more »