The Transformation of the Maritime Patrol “Aircraft” Enterprise: The Perspective of Rear Admiral Peter Garvin

12/11/2019
By Robbin Laird Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Rear Admiral Pete Garvin in his office in Norfolk Virginia to discuss the way ahead with the US Navy’s Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group / Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific (CPRG/CPRG-PAC) provides oversight…

The Upward Trend of Global Arms Sales 2018

12/10/2019
By defenceWeb Sales of arms and military services by the sector’s largest 100 companies (excluding those in China) were up by 4.6% in 2018 compared to the previous year, totalling $420 billion, according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The new data from SIPRI’s…

President Macron’s Economist Interview: Reactions and Implications

12/09/2019
In the United States, we have tweeting Trump and the impeaching House of Representatives; in Europe they have Macronite. We have had and continue to have a significant deluge of comments on President Trump and his approach to foreign policy with little that has a positive tinge to it; but…

Remembering Finnish Independence Day: December 6

12/08/2019
We want to remember our Finnish allies and their day of independence. And that allows a chance to remember that most remarkable of Finns, C.G.E. Mannerheim. In an article by Timo Vihavainen, a Finnish historian and professor emeritus of Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki, first published in February 2005, updated June…

Finland Participates in NATO Cyber Coalition 2019 Exercise

12/07/2019
In an article published by the Finnish Ministry of Defence on December 5, 2019, the engagement of Finland in the NATO Cyber Coalition 2019 Exercise was highlighted. Finland participated as a partner country in NATO’s Cyber Coalition 2019 exercise. Held in Tartu on 2 to 6 December, the exercise is…

Remembering Pearl Harbor in 2019: Anticipating Tactical and Strategic Surprise

12/07/2019
By Robbin Laird One way to remember December 7, 1941 is to go back to the actual day and recall the events. December 7, 1941 dawned an ordinary Sunday for now-retired Lt. James "Jim" Downing and hearing his recount of the day is a very important way to remember the…

The Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious Force at Full Strength

12/06/2019
By Lieutenant Rilana Ostheim The Royal Australian Navy is now one of the world’s premier amphibious forces after the fleet’s two Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) and landing craft achieved final operational capability. The entire amphibious capability acquired under Joint Project 2048 – including HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra, their 12 landing craft…

International Fighter Conference, 2018 and 2019: Fighters in the New Strategic Context

12/06/2019
It’s clear that combat capabilities and operations are being recrafted across the globe and, as operational contexts change, the evolution of the role of fighters is at the center of that shift. The 2018 International Fighter Conference held in Berlin provided a chance to focus on the role of fighters…