The Second Line of Defense team provides high quality publications with regard to key global strategic developments.
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The focus of this book is upon the changing strategic environment facing the two Obama Administrations. We take the reader year by year from 2009 through 2016 and examine the global shifts and how the Obama Administration saw these shifts and dealt with them.

As Professor Kenneth Maxwell notes in the forward to the book: “The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the United States President Barack Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” That was the hope. Many others in addition to the Nobel peace prize committee shared this hope.

“But what was Obama’s execution of these stated ideals in real time. Did he fulfil these high expectations?

“The Nobel peace prize committee in 2009 perhaps confused words with future performance. For Obama is if nothing else a great wordsmith. It is the exploration of these contradictions over Obama’s two terms which makes this book such indispensable reading.”

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A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making

Deterrence and Warfighting in the XXIst Century

By: Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake

As Vice Admiral (Retired) Dewolfe Miller underscores: “Ultimately, peer threats are what drives change and inspires clarity in the way the Navy mans, trains, and equips its forces to defend freedom and deter aggression on a global scale. “A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making” is the story of the evolution of the US Navy and its preparation for high-end warfare.

“This is essential because the future of combat is to bring trusted and verifiable assets to the fight. The emphasis has been on connectivity, accelerated tactical decision making, as well as common equipment, that allows integration of systems within single services, across services and into allied services in a deliberate and disciplined manner. This publication provides a timely reminder of why the transformation of today’s force is so necessary.”

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In Australia and Indo-Pacific Defence: Anchoring a Way Ahead, author and editor of over thirty books, Robin Laird, brings to bear his expertise on defence and security affairs to make sense of contemporary Australian international security and defence policy.

As John Blaxland argued: “This is an important book by a very well connected, informed and astute observer of Australia’s circumstances as they pertain to defence challenges, US alliance dynamics, and technological as well as policy and political hurdles.”

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The USMC Transformation Path: Preparing for the High-End Fight

Preparing for the High-End Fight

By: Robbin F. Laird

This book focuses on the USMC in the strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to the return to great power competition and the high-end fight. The path whereby the Marines have generated their capabilities to engage in full spectrum crisis management began with the introduction of the Osprey in 2007, and then entered a new phase with the introduction of the F-35 and now has entered another phase whereby the Marines are working ways to more effectively distributed the force through enhanced mobile and expeditionary basing.

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This book looks at the challenge for the liberal democracies competing in a world of multi-polar authoritarian nations and movements. It draws on our analyses in 2023 of global developments, the place of America in a changing world, and the evolution of defense forces to compete in this world. 

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French Defense Policy Under President Macron: 2017-2021 provides a detailed look at the evolution of defense capabilities and policies under President Macron during his first term.

As Professor Kenneth Maxwell notes in the forward to the book: “This book a comprehensive examination of the trials and tribulations and the success and failures and the illusions and delusions of Macron’s foreign and defense policies during his first term as France’s president. It is essential reading.” .

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This report focuses on the work of MAWTS-1 in 2023. As the end of course video for WTI-1-24 starts: “It is not a question of if the Marine Corps will go into combat. It is only a matter of when.”

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