France, Germany and New Defense Projects: Framing the Challenge

09/18/2019
By Pierre Tran BOURGES/AVORD AIRBASE, France France and Germany need to resolve political, industrial and operational differences hanging over projects for a new fighter jet and a new tank, a French senator said Sept. 13. A New Generation Fighter is key to the planned Future Combat Air System, backed by…

The Coming of Triton to the Allied Global Maritime Domain Awareness Enterprise: The RAAF Case

09/17/2019
The Triton unmanned system is a key building block for 21st century maritime operations. In effect, the Triton provides capabilities similar to a low-earth orbiting system which can serve directly the maritime task force commander. Indeed, a key dimension of the coming of Triton is to ensure that intelligence communities…

China Working on Fielding Electromagnetic Weapons: An Indian Perspective

09/17/2019
By Debalina Ghoshal There is no doubt that China is working on sophisticated weapon systems. While China is modernising its nuclear forces, it is also not neglecting its conventional firepower. For example, China is working on electromagnetic technologies with the objective of fielding electromagnetic weapons for its ground, naval forces…

Challenges for the Australian Submarine Enterprise

09/13/2019
By Marcus Hellyer The word on the street is that the government intends to make a decision by Christmas on whether to relocate full-cycle dockings of the Collins-class submarines from Osborne in South Australia to Henderson in Western Australia. Full-cycle dockings are the two-year-long deep overhauls that ASC conducts to…

Remembering September 11th at the Pentagon

09/11/2019
By Robbin Laird Early on the morning of September 11th, I had an appointment in the Pentagon with a senior Pentagon official. I got there a bit early, and parked just outside the Defense Secretary's office. As I was sitting in the office, the TV was showing the story of…

The UK Cuts First Steel for the New Generation ASW Frigates

09/08/2019
The UK is building a new class of ASW frigates. The Australians and the Canadians are working with the UK on the program and will operate many more of the ships than the Royal Navy itself. This means that how the ship class will be fitted out is a work…

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.…