The Second Line of Defense team provides high quality publications with regard to key global strategic developments. You can purchase these here or on a number of booksellers as well, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

2020: A Pivotal Year? Navigating Strategic Change at a Time of COVID-19 Disruption

Navigating Strategic Change at a Time of COVID-19 Disruption

By: Robbin F. Laird, editor

“2020: A Pivotal Year?” addresses the impacts of the COVID-19 disruption on global politics and provides assessments of the ripple effects felt throughout Europe and Asia. The book brings together several key essays written during 2020 and in early 2021 from our websites, Second Line of Defense and, which focus on geopolitical change and defense modernization. Authors based in Europe, the United States, and Australia have all contributed to this timely and unique assessment.

Topics range from the Macron and Merkel leadership in Europe to reactions and responses to Chinese policies worldwide. We discuss and highlight the challenges and possible ways ahead for liberal democracies worldwide.

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Training for the High End Fight: The Strategic Shift of the 2020s

The Strategic Shift of the 2020s

By: Robbin F. Laird

“Training for the High-End Fight” highlights the essential strategic shift for the US and allied militaries from land wars in the Middle East to the return of great power competition. The primary challenge of this strategic shift will be the need to operate a full spectrum crisis management force. That means training a force capable of delivering the desired combat and crisis management effect in dealing with 21st century authoritarian powers.

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Joint by Design: The Evolution of Australian Defence Strategy

The Reshaping of Australian Defence Policy

By: Robbin F. Laird

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, launched a new defense and security strategy for Australia. This strategy reset puts Australia on the path of enhanced defense capabilities. The change represents a serious shift in its policies towards China, and in reworking alliance relationships going forward. “Joint by Design” is focused on Australian defence modernization and policy, but it is also about preparing liberal democracies around the world for the challenges of the future.

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The Return of Direct Defense in Europe

Meeting the 21st Century Authoritarian Challenge.

By: Robbin F. Laird and Murielle Delaporte

The Return of Direct Defense in Europe catalogs the rise of the 21st century authoritarian powers. Putin’s Russia, Chinese global reach, but also Turkey’s President Erdogan’s agenda, pose new challenges for the direct defense of liberal democracies. The focus is upon Europe and, among other themes, its response to the twin shocks of Crimea and the migration influxes from the war-torn Middle East, a migration dynamic aided and abetted by the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War.

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