The Challenge of Modernizing USCG Infrastructure: The Case of the Elizabeth City USCG Base

08/24/2010
An Interview with Captain Bennett Earlier this summer Second Line of Defense interviewed Captain Bennett, base commander at the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station. Captain Bennett discussed the challenges facing the facility with aging infrastructure impacting on operations and capabilities. Our website looks at concepts of operations and capabilities. Clearly…

frontpage picture August 8th 2010

08/08/2010
Credit: The WMSL-751 or USCGC WAESCHE, SLD, San Diego, California, June 2010 The new USCG cutter brings to the table significant C4ISR capabilities, digital capabilities for operations and maintenance, an ability to operate much larger helicopters on its decks, an ability to operate remotely piloted vehicles, significant endurance, and an ability…

Crafting a New Paradigm for Manned-Unmanned Systems: Lieutenant-General Deptula Reflects on the MQ-X

07/14/2010
In late May 2010, SLD sat down to continue the conversation begun earlier in the year with the Lieutenant-General Deptula with regard to the impact of remotely piloted aircraft on the shifting paradigms for air operations. [slidepress gallery='crafting-a-new-paradigm-for-manned-unmanned-systems-lt-general-deptula-reflects-on-the-mq-x'] SLD: You have talked about a shift in paradigms for air operations…

Iraq 2012: An Update in Perspective

07/07/2010
By Michael W. Wynne, 21st Secretary of the United States Air Force The United States has made a commitment to depart Iraq by the end of the year 2011, and planning is in full swing around the country to ‘Make it Happen.’  Bringing some perspective to this Strategic Withdrawal is…

Shaping the Evolving Acquisition Work Force

06/29/2010
In early May, SLD sat down with retiring (in only one sense of the word) Frank Anderson, President of the Defense Acquisition University till a few weeks ago.  Brigadier General Frank J. Anderson (Retired) is an articulate and persuasive advocate for innovation in shaping the future human capital strategy within…