Neptune Falcon 2017

04/26/2017
04/26/2017: According to BG Paul W. Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing, in his weekly commander’s message published April 21, 2017: This week our Total Force team has been fully engaged supporting Exercise Neptune Falcon. This multi-day exercise enhances the proficiency of our talented tacticians and planners, Combat Mission Ready aircrews, as…

A South African Perspective on the Challenge of Maritime Defense and Security

01/30/2016
2016-01-30 Recently, our partner defenceWeb looked at the evolving challenges of maritime defense and security seen from South Africa. Thursday, 28 January 2016 Economic growth through development of the ocean economy as part of Operation Phakisa requires effective maritime surveillance and defence, with nearly 4 000 kilometres of South Africa’s…

The Second Italian-Built F-35 Takes to the Skies

01/19/2016
2016-01-19 According to an article published by our partner RID, the second Italian built F-35 (AL-2) was flown for the first time at the Cameri air base on January 15, 2016. The Italian Air Force is training its pilots at Luke AFB where the first flights for training took place…

Counterring Hybrid Threats

11/08/2015
2015-11-08 By Richard Weitz The United States and European allies and partners can respond more effectively against the kinds of hybrid threats we gave been discussing on Second Line of Defense. NATO can take actions, primarily in the military and intelligence fields, to deter and counter direct Russian threats against…

Reshaping Concepts of Operations: Eurofighter, the F-35, the UK and Italy

12/03/2014
2014-11-25 By Robbin Laird Both the UK and Italy will operate a mixed Eurofighter and F-35 fleet.  Both have operated the Tornado, which is reaching the end of its service life.  Both will sort through evolutions of the Eurofighter to encompass some of the mission sets for Tornado as the…

USS America’s Peruvian Port Visit

09/06/2014
09/06/2014: The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) sits at anchorage in the port of La Punta during a scheduled port visit to Callao, Peru. America is currently traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on her maiden transit, “America Visits the…