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North European and North Atlantic Defense: The Challenges Return

12/01/2017The Nordics are responding to what they see as a new situation in their region. The Arctic opening expands the range significantly of the challenge in what might be called… Download PDF Now »
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The Chief of the Royal Australian Navy Looks at the Future

04/21/2018By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to Australia, with a clear focus on supporting the Williams Foundation effort to look at strategic transition facing the allied militaries, I had… Read more »

The US Army, Innovation and Shaping a Way Ahead for Missile Defense

04/20/2018By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake We had a chance recently to visit Fort Sill and to experience first hand the efforts and thinking of Army innovators shaping a way… Read more »

Training for the Integrated Battlespace: The Perspective from Fort Sill

04/18/2018By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake When journalists and many policy makers discuss an area like missile defense they often do so from the perspective of catalogue shopping. What items… Read more »

The Next Chapter in the Evolution of the KC-30A: An Interview with Air Commodore Bill Kourelakos, Commander Air Mobility Group

04/16/2018By Robbin Laird During my visit with Murielle Delaporte to RAAF Base Richmond we had a chance to discuss with the new Air Mobility Group (AMG) Commander his perspectives on… Read more »

Providing Support to An Expeditionary Air Force: The Key Role and Challenges for the RAAF’s Combat Support Group

04/15/2018By Robbin Laird During our latest visit to Australia, we had a chance to talk with the Commander of the RAAF’s Combat Support Group, Air Commodore Ken Robinson at his… Read more »

Macron, De Gaulle and Working with the Americans and the Russians

04/15/2018The Syrian crisis and a visit to Washington and a forthcoming visit to Moscow provides the President of the Republic with a chance to channel his inner de Gaulle. And… Read more »
In Briefs

WIN-T and Combat Innovation

04/22/2018Warrior Information Network-Tactical Lite is changing the way Soldiers communicate on the battlefield. 04.02.2018 Video by Tyler Prince  Defense Media Activity – Arm Read more »

USS Wasp Flight Ops

04/22/2018F-35B Lightning II pilots with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit perform flight operations aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) during Certification Exercise, April 13, 2018.  The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron… Read more »

Exercise Frisian Flag 2018 (2)

04/22/2018Between 9 and the 20th of April, a large air combat exercise was held at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands.  The exercise is called Frisian Flag 2018.  Participating aircraft from… Read more »

12th Air Force Participates in Chilean Air Show

04/21/2018Twelfth Air Force (AFSOUTH) joined with Airmen from across the United States to support the FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) Air Show, April 3-8 in Santiago, Chile. … Read more »

Exercise Frisian Flag 2018

04/21/2018Between 9 and the 20th of April, a large exercise has been held at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands.  The exercise is called Frisian Flag 2018.  Participating aircraft from several… Read more »

B-1 Prior to Syrian Strike

04/20/2018U.S. AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (April 14, 2018)  U.S. Air Force maintenance Airmen and aircrews conduct final checks on a B-1 Bomber before launching to strike chemical weapons targets in… Read more »

3D Printing and the USMC: Replacing a Part for the F-35B

04/20/2018Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of “‘‘additive manufacturing,’“ also known as 3-D printing. This innovative process uses 3-D printing software to break… Read more »