Angel Flight: Volunteer Pilots Help Medical Patients in Need

01/14/2019
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake In his seminal book, Democracy in America, the Frenchmen Alexis de Tocqueville, highlighted a key American trait which fascinated him – the volunteer instinct in support of the community. Americans of all ages, all conditions, all minds constantly unite. Not only do they have…

UK F-35s Ready for Operations

01/12/2019
In a Royal Navy article published on January 11, 2019, the announcement by the Minister of Defence of the operational readiness of the UK's F-35s was highlighted and discussed. Naval aviators can now fly the world’s most advanced fighter on front-line missions after the F-35 Lightning was declared operational. In…

Avalon Airshow 2019: The Role of Victorian Industry in the F-35

01/12/2019
Victorian industry in Australia is playing a key role in the Australian F-35 program, both in supporting their own jets and the global enterprise. In  recent Defence Connect article by Stephen Kuper, January 10, 2019, its role was highlighted. Minister Pakula said, "The Australian International Airshow at Avalon is one…

“The Sky Is The Limit”: Renewing France’s Space Capabilities

01/08/2019
By Murielle Delaporte When the French minister of the armed forces, Florence Parly, visited the heart of space technology in Toulouse last September, she stressed how much space has become over the past years a key domain for national security. She noted that the Russian satellite Luch-Olymp had recently been…

First Australian Aegis Destroyer Integrates with US Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability

01/08/2019
By Robbin Laird I visited the HMAS Hobart at Fleet Base East prior to its time conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the US Navy off of the West Coast of the United States. According to Andrew McLaughlin in an article published on January 7, 2019: The tests were conducted…

Changing the Business Rules: Moving Beyond Slo Mo War Preparation

12/18/2017
2017-12-18 By Brian Morra The Department of Defense’s acquisition system is a major cause of the erosion of the defense capabilities of the United States. This erosion is visible in high profile, fatal accidents like those the US Navy has experienced in the Western Pacific over the past two years.…