USMC Aviation: Looking Back to the 2010s and Forward to the 2020s

01/20/2020
By Robbin Laird The significant change in USMC aviation since the introduction of the Osprey has set in motion fundamental changes overall in USMC capabilities and concepts of operations. In the past decade, the Osprey has matured as a combat platform and fostered significant change in concepts of operations. No…

Shaping High End Integrated Training: The Australian Case

01/19/2020
By Andrew McLaughlin The RAAF graduates a growing number of Air Warfare Instructors across multiple skillsets They are among the RAAF best of the best – the latest batch of Air Warfare Instructor (AWI) capability subject matter experts showing they have what it takes to emerge as graduates of the biennial…

Defeating “Weapons That Wait” With Unmanned Systems

01/16/2020
By George Galorisi The November 15, 2019, a Latvian Public Broadcasting System article headline was as stark as it was disturbing: “NATO ships clear more than 50 mines from Baltic Sea.” The subtext was more explanatory: “November 14 saw the conclusion of the Joint Hod ops (Historical Ordnance Disposal Operation) exercise…

Shaping a Next Gen Workforce for Airpower: The Australian Case

01/16/2020
By Andrew McLaughlin The equipment is here or on the way, but what is the RAAF doing to develop a next gen workforce? The Royal Australian Air Force is undergoing arguably the biggest transformation in its 98-year history. Not only has almost every platform in its inventory been recapitalised in the past decade and…

French Arm Their Reaper UAVs: Conduct a Strike in Mali

01/07/2020
By defenceWeb France has for the first time conducted an air strike with one of its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in Mali, days after guided bombs were added to the aircraft. The French military said the strike took place after an operation during the night of 20/21 December that saw…

The United Arab Emirates and Missle Defense

01/03/2020
By Debalina Ghoshal It is a known fact that Middle East is not only gearing up its offensive capabilities but also its defensive capabilities as a deterrence against enemy missile threats. The Gulf Cooperating Countries (GCC) have always been crucial allies of the United States and one of the aims of…

Australian Perspectives on 5th Generation Maneuver Operations

01/02/2020
By Central Blue, The Williams Foundation On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation held a seminar examining the requirements of Fifth Generation Maneuver Operations. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars   was to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must equip and…

Rethinking the Amphibious Task Force: Digital Interoperability and the Transformation of USMC Aviation

12/31/2019
By Robbin Laird With the transformation of Marine Corps Aviation, the older notion of the ARG-MEU is being replaced by a much more flexible concept of the amphibious task force. And with the central importance of dealing with full spectrum crisis management, the capabilities resident in the task force as…