SLD Special Reports

Fifth-Generation Enabled Military Transformation: Australia, the UK and Shaping a Way Ahead

06/13/2019Australia and the UK are located in very different parts of the world. But both face significant challenges from a regional power with global reach. And both are reshaping their militaries to face the strategic shift from the land wars to full spectrum crisis management. Each has a different trajectory but through the common acquisition… Download PDF Now »
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Operation Rapid Forge: Highlighting the Challenge To Shape a Sustainment Capability to Enable an Integrated Distributed Force.

10/14/2019By Robbin Laird To deal with the challenge posed by the 21st century authoritarian powers, the United States military and its allies are rebuilding their combat approach. The strategic trajectory… Read more »

The Evolution of the Indo-Pacific Over the Next Five Years: Implications for Australian Defense

10/13/2019By Robbin Laird Recently, I attended the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy’s Seapower conference being held in Sydney from October 8th through the 10th, 2019. The conference provided insights… Read more »

In the Footsteps of Admiral Nimitz: VADM Miller and His Team Focused on 21st Century “Training”

10/12/2019By Robbin Laird As Admiral Nimitz confronted the last century’s challenges in the Pacific, he concluded a core lesson for this century’s Pacific warriors: “Having confronted the Imperial Japanese Navy’s… Read more »

Re-setting Sustainment for the Royal Australian Navy Fleet

10/11/2019Recently, I attended the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy’s Seapower conference being held in Sydney from October 8th through the 10th, 2019. For five years, I have been attending… Read more »

In the Rebuild of the Australian Navy: The Government Looks to Key Role for Industrial Partnerships

10/09/2019By Robbin Laird As I have argued earlier that the rebuild of the Australian Navy is not just a whole of government effort but a whole of society effort, if… Read more »

Chief of the Royal Australian Navy at the RAN Sea Power Conference 2019

10/08/2019Second Line of Defense is attending the Chief of Navy’s Seapower Conference 2019 being held in Sydney, Australia from October 8-10 2019, We will have a number of stories generated… Read more »
In Briefs

B-2 Refuelling over Norwegian Sea

10/14/2019A B-2 Spirit assigned to Whiteman AFB, MO., received fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to RAF Mildenhall over the Norwegian Sea, Sept. 5, 2019. This was an extended duration… Read more »

B-2 Bomber in Iceland

10/11/2019The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber lands in Iceland for the first time ever to perform hot-pit refueling. 08.28.2019 Video by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Winn 501st Combat Support Wing Public… Read more »

Bulgarian Cooperation

10/09/2019U.S. Army Soldiers conduct static line paradrop training with members of the Bulgarian Special Forces August 20, 2019, at Plovidiv, Bulgaria. Members of the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation… Read more »

Training in Australia

10/07/2019U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, a part of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D), conduct live-fire during Exercise Southern Reach at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, August… Read more »

CARAT Indonesia

10/05/2019U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Salvato, a section leader with the Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, participates in an interview during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)… Read more »

C130 Night Ops Loading

10/03/2019A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules receives cargo on the ramp at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Aug 4, 2019. C-130s operate around the clock to transport equipment, supplies… Read more »

CH53Es in Regimental Field Exercise

10/01/2019A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron (HMHT)-302, prepares for take-off at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, August 1, 2019. HMHT-302… Read more »