SLD Special Reports

Platforms, Concepts of Operations and Defense Decisions: The German Case

08/30/2020With the launch of our defense information website ( , we introduced a micro-site on defense decisions. We wrote: “In this new section of the website, we will address U.S. and allied upcoming procurement choices and decisions. “We are focused on how platform and system choices affect the evolution of the capabilities, concepts of… Download PDF Now »
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USMC Deployment Onboard USS Queen Elizabeth: The Partnership Which Almost Did Not Happen

10/18/2020By Robbin Laird In this September 23, 2020 story published by 3rd Marie Aircraft Wing, the historic deployment of USMC F-35Bs onboard the UK’s largest warship ever built by the… Read more »

NATO Submarine Rescue Mission Contract Extended

10/18/2020According to a UK Ministry of Defence article published on September 30, 2020, a three year extension of a NATO contract for submarine rescue missions has been completed. Worth more… Read more »

Japanese-EU Naval Security Cooperation, October 2020

10/18/2020On October 7, 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Defence issued a joint press release which highlighted the EU-Japan joint naval exercise. According to that statement: On 5-6 October, the EU… Read more »

HMAS Hobart and the Regional Presence Deployment 2020

10/17/2020Recently, the Australian Aegis combat ship, the HMAS Hobart, returned from its engagement in the Regional Presence Deployment 2020, This Australian Department of Defence video highlights the engagement of the… Read more »

Bell 412 Helicopter Delivered in Time to Contribute to Australian Firefighting Season

10/17/2020By Eamon Hamilton 8 October 2020 A trans-Pacific mission by an Air Force C-17A Globemaster has delivered a Bell 412 helicopter for the NSW Rural Fire Service. Loaded by a… Read more »

The Integratable Air Wing and Re-imaging the Large Deck Carrier: The Coming of the USS Ford

10/15/2020By Robbin Laird On Friday, October 9, 2020, I had a chance to visit the USS Ford and to get an update on the progress of this formidable warship. Earlier,… Read more »
In Briefs

US F-35s and Israeli F-35s in Exercised Enduring Lightning III

10/23/2020A U.S. Air Force KC-135R aircrew from the 340th Expeditoinary Air Refueling Squadron flies over Israel in support of Exercise Enduring Lightning III, Oct 12, 2020. The United States and… Read more »

Wedgetail Nose Art

10/21/2020Airmen from RAAF No.2 Squadron designed and painted ‘nose- art’ on an E-7A Wedgetail whilst deployed on Operation OKRA in the Middle East. The art commemorates the 50th anniversary of… Read more »

HMAS Hobart and the Regional Presence Deployment 2020

10/20/2020The Australian Aegis ship returns to homeport after the regional presence deployment 2020. The Royal Australian Navy is conducting a regional deployment across Southeast Asia from July to October 2020… Read more »

345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron

10/19/2020345th EBS Bomber Task Force mission out of Eielson AFB, Alaska. EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, AK, UNITED STATES 09.18.2020 Video by Master Sgt. Theodore Daigle 307th Bomb Wing Read more »

Bell 412 Helicopter Delivered for Fire Fighting Ops

10/17/2020In September 2020, a No. 36 Squadron (36SQN) C-17A Globemaster transported a Bell 412 helicopter from Canada to Australia. The helicopter has been acquired by the New South Wales Rural… Read more »

Recoverable Torpedo Exercise

10/16/2020A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron, Nowra, during a recoverable torpedo exercise with a Mark 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo, off the coast of Jervis Bay, New… Read more »

Exercise Brolga Run 2020

10/14/2020Throughout 2020, Joint Fires Teams (JFT) from the 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery have been utilising realistic simulators to train in the engagement of enemy targets by joint fire assets and… Read more »