SLD Special Reports

Visiting 2nd Marine Air Wing, December 2020

01/11/2021I first visited 2nd MAW in 2007, at the beginning of the Osprey era. There I saw a small number of the aircraft on the tarmac and met with pilots and maintainers at the beginning of a long period of disruptive change, a period of change which delivered new capabilities, and new approaches for the USMC… Download PDF Now »
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Re-shaping North Atlantic Defense: JFC Norfolk as a Startup Command

04/07/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake There has been public discussion of the state and fate of NATO over the past few years. One European leader energized the discussion by… Read more »

The Way Ahead for the CMV-22B: The Integratable Air Wing and the USS Carl Vinson

04/06/2021By Robbin Laird The CMV-22B is an essential part of the evolving air wing on the large deck carriers. The process of shaping this new capability is part of the… Read more »

The Alliance Aspect of Shaping the New Second Fleet: The Role of CJOS COE

04/04/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake When 2nd Fleet was stood up in 2018, it was not the case of it being re-established. It was an older name but was… Read more »

An Update on Naval Group: April 2021

04/01/2021By Pierre Tran Paris – An early French order for a third frigate for defense and intervention helped Naval Group boost competitiveness on its offer of the FDI warship to… Read more »

Enhancing Coalition Combat Capability: The Role of Joint Force Command, Norfolk

03/31/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The standup of both Second Fleet in 2018 and Joint Force Command, Norfolk in 2019 have had very similar goals: how to enhance the… Read more »

F-35 National Training Takes Off in Australia

03/30/2021By Flying Officer Bronwyn Marchant Four Air Force pilots on the first F-35A Lightning II operational conversion course to be run in Australia completed their first flights at RAAF Base… Read more »
In Briefs

Cope North 21 04/12/2021Fighter aircraft participating in Cope North 21 launch and take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam Feb. 5, 2021. GUAM 02.05.2021 Video by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla Pacific Air… Read more »

F35B Reverse Landing 04/09/2021A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates a reverse landing on the flight deck of the amphibious… Read more »

Training with French Forces 04/07/2021U.S. Army Infantrymen assigned to the East African Response Force (EARF) perform a sniper exercise with French servicemen Feb. 02, 2021 at an indisclosed location in Djibouti, Africa. The EARF… Read more »

Training with Romanian Forces 04/05/2021Sgt. 1st Class Derek Baker, combat medic, 432 Civil Affairs Battalion and Spc. Logan Rutledge, combat medic, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division reflect on a combat lifesaver… Read more »

UAS Video Feed Osego Harbor 04/02/20214K Aerial footage taken via UAS of the Oswego Harbor in Oswego N.Y. Imagery also includes aerials of Lake Ontario. OSWEGO, NY, 10.22.2020 Video by Patrick Bloodgood U.S. Army Corps… Read more »

USCG in Strait of Hormuz 03/31/2021Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Adak (WPB 1333) conducts small boat maneuvering drills in the Strait of Hormuz, Jan. 18. Adak is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of… Read more »

VMM261 03/29/2021Airmen with the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) conduct a casualty evacuation exercise with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (VMM-261) at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 7-16.… Read more »

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Tactical Innovations and the Next Phase of Viper Operational Development

03/27/2021The Viper is the expeditionary strike helicopter flown by the USMC. The US Navy is in the throes of a significant transition to fighting as a fleet, rather than operating… Read more »
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