SLD Special Reports

The Future Combat Air System: An Overview

08/05/2021The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is a core initiative of the Macron Administration for both defense modernization and building out defense cooperation with its core Airbus allies, Germany and Spain. The Administration is committed to the modernization of their core combat fighter aircraft, the Rafale, for the next thirty years. But FCAS is designed… Download PDF Now »
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Taliban Reach Out to India

09/05/2021By India Strategic New Delhi. In the first contact with the Taliban after the U.S. ended its two-decade occupation of Afghanistan, India on August 31 raised its “concern” that the… Read more »

Working Integrated Fires in the Pacific: Col. Miagany, G-3, MARFORPAC

09/03/2021By Robbin Laird During my visit to Honolulu in early August 2021, I visited MARFORPAC for several days. I had been last there in 2014-2015, so had a chance to… Read more »

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021: The Air Element

09/03/2021According to the Australian Department of Defence: “Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 (TS21) is the largest bilateral training activity between Australia and the United States, commencing on July 14 2021. “Held… Read more »

An FCAS Update: August 2021

09/01/2021By Pierre Tran Paris – The French, German and Spanish defense ministers signed yesterday their third intergovernmental agreement on work on the Future Combat Air System, covering 2021-2027, the three… Read more »

Next Phase of Team Tempest

08/30/2021According to a story published on July 29, 2021 on the UK Ministry of Defence website, a new £250 million contract for next phase for Future Combat Air System has… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for Training for the High-End Fight: The Perspective of the Former Commander of the 57th Wing, Nellis AFB

08/26/2021I first met Brigadier General, retired, Robert Novotny at RAF Lakenheath in 2016. There we focused on the coming of the F-35 to the base after the Brits would deploy… Read more »
In Briefs

20 Years Later: The Perspective of Members of the Ohio National Guard

https://vimeo.com/601925695 09/11/2021Ohio National Guard members reflect on the events of 9/11 and how the attacks impacted the operational tempo for the organization. 09.08.2021 Video by Stephanie Beougher, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua… Read more »

Talisman Sabre 21: Port Ops

https://vimeo.com/578004693 09/10/2021Soldiers from 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Marines from the 3rd Marine Division and civilians conducted port operations for Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 on July 9-10, 2021, at the Port… Read more »

Global Information Dominance Experiment (2)

https://vimeo.com/578004129 09/08/2021U.S. Airmen from the New York, Washington, and Maryland Air National Guard monitor aircraft during the Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 in conjunction with the Architecture Demonstration and Evaluation 5… Read more »

Global Information Dominance Experiment

https://vimeo.com/578003722 09/06/2021U.S. Airmen from the New York, Washington, and Maryland Air National Guard monitor aircraft during the Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 in conjunction with the Architecture Demonstration and Evaluation 5… Read more »

Talisman Sabre 21

https://vimeo.com/578002928 09/03/2021U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division fire GMLRS rockets from a High Mobility Rocket System during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 on Shoalwater Bay Training Area,… Read more »

Summer Fury 21: Sonobouy Operations

https://vimeo.com/578001716 09/01/2021U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) utilize sonobuoys during Summer Fury 21 above the Pacific Ocean, July 20,… Read more »

Summer Fury 21: EABO Training

https://vimeo.com/578001078 08/30/2021U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) fly from Marine Corps Air Station Pendleton to Helicopter Outlying Landing… Read more »
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Marines Add Second Operational Squadron in Okinawa

09/11/2021By Robbin Laird Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 declares their initial operations capability (IOC) for the F-35B Lightning II on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 25, 2021. VMFA-242… Read more »
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