SLD Special Reports

The Strategic Shift and the Reset for Australian Defence and Security

04/26/2019The latest Williams Seminar held in Canberra on April 11, 2019 focused on the strategic shift for Australia within the context of the evolving global situation. Facing the rising challenges posed by the 21stcentury authoritarian states, and by the changing nature of alliances in the Pacific and in Europe, Australia needs to enhance its sovereign… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

The Australian Elections and Australian Defence

05/20/2019The defeat of Labor was not widely expected in Australia. Scott Morrison led the Liberals to a largely unanticipated electoral victory. This will mean that as PM in which he… Read more »

A Look Back at the Remarkable US-Brazilian Military Relationship

05/19/2019By Kenneth Maxell Frank D. McCann, professor of history emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, has long been an observer of US-Brazilian military relationships. He knows both sides very… Read more »

The Evolution of Osprey Nation: Next Steps

05/18/2019By Robbin Laird During a recent visit to New River Marine Corps Air Station, I had a chance to meet with the CO of MAG-26, Colonel Boniface and members of… Read more »

Moscow Conference on International Security, 2019

05/16/2019By Richard Weitz Last month, Second Line of Defense attended the eighht annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS-2019), which met from April 24-26. The Russian capital was surprisingly warm,… Read more »

The Decade Ahead for Europe: An EU Perspective

05/15/2019By Robbin Laird Clearly, Europe is in crisis. In my own view, it faces a double constitutional crisis. Brexit is an internal constitutional crisis in the “United” Kingdom and poses… Read more »

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

05/14/2019A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a… Read more »
In Briefs

Balikatan 2019: USS WASP and F-35B Ops

05/22/2019U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conduct daily maintenance checks and continue flight operations in international airspace while aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in… Read more »

2nd Marine Logistics Group in Trident Juncture 2018

05/20/20192nd Marine Logistics Group is participating in Trident Juncture 18 in Norway, supporting II MEF with the six functions of tactical Logistics.  Trident Juncture 18 enhances the U.S. and NATO… Read more »

Indo-Pacific Endeavour, 2019

05/18/2019A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a… Read more »

VMFA-232 Maintainers at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

05/15/2019U. S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, perform maintenance checks on an F/A-18C Hornet during Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A)… Read more »

Refueling F-35B Over South China Sea

05/13/2019An F-35B Lightning II attack jet flies alongside a KC-130J tanker aircraft attached to a refueling drogue during an aerial refueling mission above the East China Sea, Oct. 23, 2018. … Read more »

F-35 Distributed STOVL Operations

05/10/2019A short video compilation showing U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft conducting distributed short take-off and vertical landing operations to simultaneously re-arm and refuel from KC-130J Hercules aircraft, as… Read more »

US F-16s Operating from Sweden in Trident Juncture 2018

05/08/2019F-16C Fighting Falcons and support Airmen from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrived at Kallax Air Base, Sweden, in support of Trident Juncture 2018.… Read more »