From the bridge of the Bertholf

07/05/2011
07/05/2011 MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011 As one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets, the national security cutters bring operational capabilities the fleet needs for mission success. Compass has asked the wardroom of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the service’s first NSC, to share their unique perspective on how the fleet’s newest…

Emerging Alliance, Part II

07/04/2011
Criminalized States and Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines By Douglas Farah Senior Fellow, Financial Investigations and Transparency International Assessment and Strategy Center Adjunct Fellow, Americas Program, CSIS http://www.ndu.edu/press/emerging-alliances.html The Criminalized State 07/04/2011 - The cases from Part I show the connectivity among these disparate groups operating along different geographic parts of the overall…

An Update on RAF Libyan Operations

07/03/2011
07/03/2011: During the Paris Air Show, MBDA provided a venue for a presentation by RAF Tornado pilots on their operations in the Libyan theater.  Two RAF pilots presented findings on the Tornado and use of precision weapons in the Libyan case.  Both were from 9 Squadron: RAF Marham.  The first…

An Update on the X3: A Conversation with Hervé Jammayrac

07/02/2011
07/02/2011: During the Paris Air Show, Second Line of Defense talked with Experimental Test Pilot Hervé Jammayrac of Eurocopter.  Jammayrac provided an update on the aircraft and the test program.  In many ways, the new helicopter was a star at the airshow, bereft of many new flying aircraft. [slidepress gallery='an-update-on-the-x3']…

Project Independence or How to Shape a Pentagon Strategy for Greatness

06/30/2011
06/30/2011 The Pentagon is presently under-going the “mother of all budget drills” in order to find $400B over the next twelve years.  We hope the cuts will be based on a long-term strategic review of our national interests and what we want our military to do in the years ahead. …

The Indian Fighter Competition and the Future of Eurofighter

06/29/2011
06/29/2011 - While attending the Paris air show in June, Second Line of Defense sat down with a senior Eurofighter executive to discuss Eurofighter in the Indian fighter competition.  A special focus of our efforts has been upon the intersection between the future evolution of the Eurofighter and the Indian…

An Unheralded Victory for the 12th Air Force

06/28/2011
06/28/2011 by Ed Timperlake “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon A tremendous and unnoticed US Air Force victory is being won right off the shores of America.  And this victory highlights the impact of a Hi-Lo mix of technology. “Brazilian planes silence Dominican…