SLD Special Reports

The Australian Defence Force Faces Its Future in the Direct Defense of Australia

10/11/2022With the looming defence strategic review launched by the new Labour government, the Williams Foundation seminar held on September 28, 2022 looked at the challenges facing the ADF and the nation in shaping a defence policy shaped not by a peacetime mindset but one attuned to a global order in conflict. Download PDF Now »
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Building an Arsenal of Democracy in the 21st Century: The Perspective Penten’s CEO Matthew Wilson

11/15/2022By Robbin Laird During my September trip to Australia, I had a chance to sit down with the CEO of Penten, Matthew Wilson, along with my colleague John Blackburn, to… Read more »

Re-Imaging Nordic Defence

11/13/2022By Robbin Laird Brendan Sargeant, my late friend and colleague, and a noted Australian defence strategist, underscored the importance of strategic imagination when reshaping defence and foreign policies when entering… Read more »

Finland Prepares to Come Into NATO: A Finnish Perspective

11/08/2022During my visit to Euronaval on October 20, 2002, I had a chance to talk with Tuija Karanko, the Secretary General of the Association of Finnish Aerospace and Defence Companies.… Read more »

ADF Works with the French Forces in the Pacific

11/07/2022At the September 28, 2022 Williams Foundation Seminar, the Chief of the Australian Navy, VADM Mark Hammond, noted that: “I have spent much of the past 83 days as Chief… Read more »

Australia and South Korean on Air Refueling

11/06/2022In a November 2, 2022 articled by the Australian Department of Defence, the cooperation between the A330MRTT air forces was highlighted. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Republic… Read more »

NSM and JSM: A Norwegian Contribution to the “Arsenal of Democracy”

11/03/2022By Robbin Laird With the impact of the Ukraine war ongoing, one observation seems clear with regard to the preparation of the liberal democracies for war rather than military operations:… Read more »
In Briefs

Island Seizure Training on Makiluoto Island, Finland

11/23/2022U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct island seizure training on Makiluoto Island, Finland, August 14, 2022. The training was part… Read more »

USMC-Swedish Bilateral Exercise

11/21/2022U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Swedish soldiers, assigned to Fifth Company, South Scania Regiment P7, conduct patrols during a… Read more »

U.S. Finnish Bi-lateral Exercise, August 2022

11/18/2022U.S. Army Soldiers with 12th Combat Aviation Brigade conduct flight operations with Finnish aircraft during an island seizure training exercise in Syndalen, Finland, August 10, 2022. The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready… Read more »

RED FLAG-Alaska 23-1 ENDEX

11/16/2022A wrap-up of RED FLAG-Alaska 23-1 and how the exercise has advanced over the years. EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, AK 10.20.2022 Video by Senior Airman Joao Marcus Costa 354th Fighter… Read more »

Allies Test Ground-based Air Defence Systems in Greece

11/14/2022Dutch, German and Norwegian soldiers took part in exercise Spartan Arrow in Chania, Greece. The exercise took place from late September to early October 2022. In the span of two… Read more »

RED FLAG-Alaska 23-1

11/11/2022U.S. Air Force Maj. William Hock, the assistant director of operations assigned to the 354th Operations Group DET 1, sits down for an interview detailing the history, purpose, and behind-the-scenes… Read more »

Osprey Maintenance in Hawaii

11/09/2022U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 268, perform maintenance on the internal weapon system of the MV-22B Osprey at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Hawaii, Feb. 16, 2022. VMM-268… Read more »