An Update on KNDS: June 2021

06/19/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - The land weapons industry faced a double challenge with the pandemic crisis hitting defense spending and army projects competing with air force systems, which were due to receive higher funding, Franco-German joint venture KNDS said June 14. “The budgets of our most important customers are…

An Update on the CH-53K, June 2021: Colonel Jack Perrin Provides an Overview

06/16/2021
By Robbin Laird The coming of the CH-53KTM to the USMC could not come at a more appropriate time. As the Marines are focused on mobile basing as a key aspect of how they contribute to crisis management, the capabilities of the new aircraft will be in immediate demand. It…

The FCAS Industrial Package: The Saga Continues

06/15/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France, Germany and Spain said last month they had reached agreement to launch a long awaited development phase for a European future combat air system, but it has emerged  there were still industrial and political issues to resolve. What has emerged is that the key…

BALTOPS 50: Part of the Mosaic of Re-Working North Atlantic Defense

06/11/2021
By Robbin Laird BALTOPS 50 was begun on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2021. It was first held in 1972 and is an annual military exercise, held and sponsored by the Commander, US Naval Forces Europe and operates in the Baltic Sea and the regions surrounding it. One can…

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: A Williams Foundation Special Report

06/09/2021
On 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) Geoff Brown, Chairman of the Williams Foundation put it in his prologue to the conference: "Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation…

The Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for II MEF Transformation

06/07/2021
By Robbin Laird During late April 2021, I had the chance to visit II MEF at Camp Lejeune. This command is a key part of the overall effort to reshape the working relationship between the operational Navy and the USMC to enable integrated operations. The entire effort encompassed by Second…

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.…