The Coming of the CH-53K: A Look Back at 2020 and 2021 Developments

10/12/2021By Robbin Laird In this report, I have brought together my pieces (with one exception) on the CH-53K published since mid-2020. The one exception? II start the report… Read more »

The Future Combat Air System: An Overview

08/05/2021The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is a core initiative of the Macron Administration for both defense modernization and building out defense cooperation with its core Airbus allies,… Read more »

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: A Williams Foundation Special Report

06/09/2021On April 8, 2021, the Williams Foundation held a seminar originally scheduled for last March. It was postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As Air Marshal (Retired)… Read more »

Next Generation Autonomous Systems

06/08/2021In this report, the key themes and presentations at the April 8, 2021, Williams Foundation seminar on Next Generation Autonomous Systems are highlighted. A number of interviews with… Read more »

2nd Fleet and Joint Force Command Norfolk: A May 2021 Update

05/25/2021As the Commander of 2nd Fleet and of JFC Norfolk put it in a recent article in The Proceedings: “In response to Russia’s military resurgence, the U.S. Navy… Read more »

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… Read more »

Platforms, Concepts of Operations and Defense Decisions: The German Case

08/30/2020With the launch of our defense information website ( , we introduced a micro-site on defense decisions. We wrote: “In this new section of the website, we… Read more »

Visiting Jax Navy and Mayport, June 2020

08/11/2020In this special report, the findings from a recent visit to Jax Navy and to Mayport, with regard to the maritime patrol enterprise are highlighted. Interviews were conducted… Read more »