SLD Special Reports

Shaping, Crafting, Building and Operating a Fifth Generation Combat Force

11/16/2019In this report, the major presentations and discussions at the Williams Foundation seminar on the requirements for fifth generation manoeuvre held on October 24, 2019 in Canberra, Australia are highlighted along with interviews conducted before, during and after the seminar as well.  What is fifth generation manoeuvre? The definition by Air Commodore Gordon of the… Download PDF Now »
Whats New

Providing Macronite to Revive the West

11/12/2019By Robbin Laird In the United States, we have tweeting Trump and the impeaching House of Representatives; in Europe they have Macronite. We have had and continue to have a… Read more »

The Williams Foundation Seminar on Fifth Generation Manoeuvre Requirements: Looking Ahead

11/12/2019By Robbin Laird A week after the completion of the October 24, 2019 Williams Foundation Seminar, I had a chance to talk with Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown about the… Read more »

Visiting Checkpoint Charlie: Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and the 30 Year Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

11/11/2019By Robbin Laird I am in Berlin today for the International Fighter Conference 2019 which starts tomorrow. I took the opportunity to revisit Checkpoint Charlie. It is now a museum,… Read more »

Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: “Losing Without Fighting”

11/10/2019As John Blackburn has put it recently, if we do not pay much closer focus and care with regard to our supply chains, both civilian and military, we could find… Read more »

Projecting Power with the F-35 in the Direct Defense of Australia

11/10/2019By Marcus Hellyer One of the ironies of the current debate about how Australia should adjust its military strategy in light of the changing great-power balance in the Indo-Pacific is… Read more »

An Update on Poseidon Nation: November 2019

11/10/2019We have written about the shaping of a maritime domain awareness enterprise in the North Atlantic to deal with the Russian challenge and the fourth battle of the North Atlantic.… Read more »
In Briefs

Ist MAW Conducts Rapid Deployment Exercise (1)

11/18/2019U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct a rapid deployment exercise to increase the confidence of III MEF’s ability to rapidly deploy and maintain a secure Indo-Pacific region while… Read more »

Air Delivery for SPMAGTF

11/15/2019U.S. Marine crew masters with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, prepare cargo for a joint supply drop in an undisclosed location, Oct. 29, 2019. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC… Read more »

National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Conference

11/13/2019National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Conference – Lunch Keynote: AI National Security and the Public-Private Partnership 11/05/10 Read more »

Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-20: MAWTS-1

11/11/2019An end of course video featuring the highlights of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-20 in Yuma, Arizona, Oct. 28, 2019. WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by… Read more »

Hammer Comes Down on Improvised Threats

11/08/2019Throughout October and early November 2019 militaries from 12 countries travelled to the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia to test their Force Protection systems that can prevent the detonation… Read more »

Rebuilding Base Infrastructure

11/02/2019As the Army looks towards the future, leaders are increasingly focused on the state of installation infrastructure, and the critical role it plays in sustaining Soldier readiness, force protection, and… Read more »

Aegis Ashore in Poland

10/28/2019The Aegis ashore site in Poland is expected to be fully operational sometime in late 2020. The Aegis Ashore shite will expand NATO defensive capabilities against ballistic missiles from outside… Read more »