SLD Special Reports

Visiting 2nd Marine Air Wing, December 2020

01/11/2021I first visited 2nd MAW in 2007, at the beginning of the Osprey era. There I saw a small number of the aircraft on the tarmac and met with pilots and maintainers at the beginning of a long period of disruptive change, a period of change which delivered new capabilities, and new approaches for the USMC… Download PDF Now »
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The Strategic Shift and the Role of Airpower: A Discussion with Ben Lambeth

04/10/2021By Robbin Laird I have been focused for several years on what I see as a clear and dramatic shift from how civilians and the military have looked at the… Read more »

Allied Joint Forces Command Norfolk: The Uber Command

04/09/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake As NATO continues to work its capabilities as an alliance going forward, the common operating procedure protocols, and communication systems provide a 21st Century… Read more »

The U.S. Navy Launches its Unmanned Campaign Framework: The Challenge of Leveraging the Low-Hanging Fruit

04/08/2021By Robbin Laird Recently, the Department of the Navy released, on March 16, 2021, its unmanned systems campaign framework. As Admiral Gilday, Chief of Navy Operations, commented in his forward… Read more »

Re-shaping North Atlantic Defense: JFC Norfolk as a Startup Command

04/07/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake There has been public discussion of the state and fate of NATO over the past few years. One European leader energized the discussion by… Read more »

The Way Ahead for the CMV-22B: The Integratable Air Wing and the USS Carl Vinson

04/06/2021By Robbin Laird The CMV-22B is an essential part of the evolving air wing on the large deck carriers. The process of shaping this new capability is part of the… Read more »

The Alliance Aspect of Shaping the New Second Fleet: The Role of CJOS COE

04/04/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake When 2nd Fleet was stood up in 2018, it was not the case of it being re-established. It was an older name but was… Read more »
In Briefs

Virtual Tour USS Gerald R. Ford: Crew Support

04/16/2021USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) virtual tour series The House of Wolverine, Season 2, Episode 4. 02.20.2021 Video by Seaman Apprentice Zachary Guth USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Read more »

USS Somerset in Strait of Hormuz

04/14/2021Amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), transit the Strait of Hormuz, Feb. 5. Somerset, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready… Read more »

Cope North 21

04/12/2021Fighter aircraft participating in Cope North 21 launch and take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam Feb. 5, 2021. GUAM 02.05.2021 Video by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla Pacific Air… Read more »

F35B Reverse Landing

04/09/2021A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates a reverse landing on the flight deck of the amphibious… Read more »

Training with French Forces

04/07/2021U.S. Army Infantrymen assigned to the East African Response Force (EARF) perform a sniper exercise with French servicemen Feb. 02, 2021 at an indisclosed location in Djibouti, Africa. The EARF… Read more »

Training with Romanian Forces

04/05/2021Sgt. 1st Class Derek Baker, combat medic, 432 Civil Affairs Battalion and Spc. Logan Rutledge, combat medic, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division reflect on a combat lifesaver… Read more »

UAS Video Feed Osego Harbor

04/02/20214K Aerial footage taken via UAS of the Oswego Harbor in Oswego N.Y. Imagery also includes aerials of Lake Ontario. OSWEGO, NY, 10.22.2020 Video by Patrick Bloodgood U.S. Army Corps… Read more »

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Tactical Innovations and the Next Phase of Viper Operational Development

03/27/2021The Viper is the expeditionary strike helicopter flown by the USMC. The US Navy is in the throes of a significant transition to fighting as a fleet, rather than operating… Read more »
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