Australia Stands Up Centre of Expertise for Electronic Warfare

05/06/2021
The Commonwealth Government has announced a plan to establish a Centre of Expertise for Electronic Warfare in Adelaide in conjunction with Flinders University and DEWC T&E. Valued at $5 million over five years, the centre has been established under a Professional Electronic Warfare Training, Education and Research (PEWTER) memorandum of…

The Mid-Atlantic Tech Bridge and Second Fleet

05/02/2021
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake During our visit to Norfolk in March 2021, we had a chance to meet with CDR Bobby Hanvey, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Tech Bridge. The US Navy has set up a number of Tech Bridges to foster greater collaboration with the private sector…

Sherpa Pursues Alleged Corruption Inquiry Into Indian Rafale Acquisition

04/30/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - Sherpa, a French non-governmental organization, said it filed April 28 a request for a judicial inquiry into alleged corruption on India’s acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets in a deal worth €7.8 billion ($9.4 billion). “Sherpa, represented by its lawyers William Bourdon and Vincent Brenghart, is…

Military Sealift Command Looks to Expand Air Support Options for its Hospital Ships

04/28/2021
Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently conducting dynamic interface testing operations off the coast of Southern California. The operations are tests for compatibility usage of variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk with the ship’s new flight deck, and the first time a V-22…

SofaGate: EU-Turkish Relations

04/27/2021
By William Gourlay It’s said that politics makes for strange bedfellows. In diplomacy, it would seem that it’s seating arrangements that can be tricky. At a 6 April meeting of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council head Charles Michel with Turkey’sfamously combative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, von…

The Navy Re-Focuses on the High-End Fight: What Implications for the Navy Reserves?

04/26/2021
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake In working on our book for USNI press, we have focused on how the U.S. Navy is reworking its approaches to shape new capabilities for the high-end fight. Obviously, a refocus from a two-decade primary role in supporting land wars to a return to…

An Update on the USS Gerald R. Ford, April 2021

04/25/2021
ATLANTIC OCEAN – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully completed Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) April 17, representing a major milestone in validating the ship’s capability to defend itself and the crew. The trials, which commenced in February, consisted of five phases. The completion…

Cyber-Coercion Must Be Fought with a Comprehensive National Strategy

04/25/2021
By Bernard Barbier, Jean-Louis Gergorin and Admiral Edourd Guillaud “Cyber-coercion” calls for putting together intelligence, protection, international action and retaliation capabilities, three former senior national security officials point out. Op-ed. At the beginning of the year 2020, in a world that was yet to imagine how much it would be…