Moving Forward with the Automated Tanker Boom: The RAAF and Airbus Defence and Space Take the Next Step

07/16/2018
By Robbin Laird The RAAF was the launch customer for the A330MRTT. And the Aussies have been from the beginning key drivers of innovation working with Airbus Defence and Space in evolving the capabilities of the global tanker. Part of Tanker 2.0 is providing new capabilities for the combat fleet…

Prevailing in a Disrupted and Degraded Combat Environment: MAWTS-1 Works the Challenge

07/15/2018
By Robbin Laird During my visit to MAWTS-1 shortly after the completion of their latest WTI course, I had a chance to talk with Marines involved in the WTI about their combat focus. In the strategic shift, an adversary clearly has access to a variety of advanced combat capabilities and…

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 and the Indian Fighter Competition

07/14/2018
By Gulshan Luthra New Delhi. The Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition for the Indian Air Force (IAF) has started afresh, this time at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) show in London where five of the six contenders in the fray will flutter their beautiful machines before the…

F-35 Training at MCAS Beaufort

07/12/2018
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, also known as the Warlords, practice dropping inert or non-exploding bombs at Townsend Bombing Range, Ga. MCAS Beaufort owns and operates the training range so we can train to deploy without deploying to train. BEAUFORT, SC, UNITED STATES 04.26.2018 Video by Lance Cpl. Christian Moreno …

The F-35, the Iron Dome and Saving Lives

07/11/2018
By Edward Timperlake As Herman Kahn once noted: "Anything that reduces war-related destruction should not be considered altogether immoral." There is now the demonstrated promise of advanced weapons systems integrated together in an offensive and defensive enterprise to actually save the lives on innocents on both sides of combat action.…

The Coming of the Maritime Domain Enterprise to Australia: The P-8/Triton dyad

07/11/2018
The security of Australia’s maritime borders will be significantly strengthened with another major military investment.  The Turnbull Government will invest $1.4 billion and acquire the first of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft through a cooperative program with the United States Navy.  The Triton will complement the surveillance role of…

The Latin American Challenge and Shaping a Realistic Way Ahead

07/10/2018
By Stephen Blank The revelation that President Trump has seriously considered the desirability of invading Venezuela ought to focus our attention on that unhappy country and others like it in Latin America. While Venezuela’s crisis is an extreme manifestation of the kleptocratic autocracies masquerading under the socialist or Chavista sobriquet…