Afghanistan, Dust Storms and Demanding Operations: The Recapitalization Bill

2014-04-27 With Afghan operations drawing down, it is important to remember how challenging the Afghan enivornment is and the impact of that operational environment has been on US and allied military equipment. A recent photo from Camp Bastion is a good reminder of the demanding Afghan environment. [caption id="attachment_64851" align="alignnone"…

An End of the Year Update on the Indian Navy: Building Out the Carrier Fleet

2014-01-03 By Gulshan Luthra Naval Chief Admiral DK Joshi has observed that as a carrier-centric force, the Navy was looking forward to the arrival of INS Vikramaditya and to integrate her “into our operational architecture.” “Given our vast maritime domain, far-flung island territories, national interests, and the extremely dynamic geo-strategic environment,…

HMLA-469 Over Helmand

12/26/2012: U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richard G. Deibler, UH-1Y Venom door gunner and Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Martinez, UH-1Y Venom crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, Marine Aircraft Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), conducts operations over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2012. HMLA-469 provided…

Transit Operations for Afghanistan

11/12/2012: Cargo is being off loaded from a C-5B Galaxy and an AH-64 Apache helicopter is then being loaded unto the same aircraft in support of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade redeploying out of country. Credit:455thAir Expeditionary Wing:9/20/12  

The Indian Defense Market: Changing Dynamics

2012-08-19 By Richard Weitz The back-to-back visits of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, in charge of that country’s military-industrial complex, to India last month demonstrate the heightened competition for India’s defense import market, currently the largest in the world. India accounted for…

Largest C-130J Formation Flight

08/02/2012: Airmen from the 40 Airlift Squadron, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, conducted a 16-ship formation flight, the largest comprised of C-130J Super Hercules. Largest C-130J Formation Flight from on Vimeo. Credit:3rd Combat Camera Squadron:7/2/12

Reconciling with Taliban Leaders

By Dr. Richard Weitz The issue of promoting an enduring reconciliation between the Afghan government and influential members of the Taliban is the most controversial element of the peace process. The intent is to exploit the fact that the Taliban leadership is not a cohesive group. Some Taliban leaders might…

Russia Doubles Down on Assad

    By Dr. Richard Weitz 12/08/2011 - While the possibility of foreign military intervention in Syria is small, it is growing. In this context, Russia’s considerable military, diplomatic, and economic ties with the Syrian regime weigh heavily on everyone’s minds. The Syrian Dynamic is a Major Fault Line for…