Our History and Lessons Learned Corner: Bagram Nightmares (Part Three)

01/10/2010
By Fred H. Allison (U.S. Marine Corps History Division) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Mountains Surrounding Bagram"][/caption] Harriers Sortie Rate Double the Norm Making a globe-spanning flight from home field at Yuma, Arizona, the Marine aviators arrived on 15 October and began flying missions within 48 hours.  The squadron deployed with…

2025 is Here Early

12/12/2009
Ed Timperlake Comments on Air Power Australia's latest article on "FD-2000/HQ-9 SAM -  China's Strategic 'Game Changer'" Peer competition is there Secretary Gates has basically said by his actions the US has no peer competitors in Generation 5 Fighters. This assumption rests on having no threats which require the capabilities…

Captain R. Robinson Harris on Flexible Naval Forces and 21st Century Con-ops

12/07/2009
Captain Robinson  Harris, US Navy (Retired),  now  from Lockheed Martin MS2,  is a well-known naval analyst and  provides an insightful analysis on the interaction between 21st century concepts of operations and ship-building and ship design.  Harris underscores the central role of modularity, connectivity and interoperability in enhancing the impact of maritime…

General Walsh on the USMC Use of Airpower in Iraq: From Precision-Strike to Presence

11/30/2009
  [caption id="attachment_2582" align="alignleft" width="150"] General Walsh[/caption] On November 9th, Brigadier General Walsh discussed his recent experiences in Iraq (watch video abstract). In December 2008 he became the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Forward and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom on November 3rd and 2nd MAW (Fwd) was…

Exclusive Feature – Going to Afghanistan:The Osprey Squadron Prepares

11/15/2009
[slidepress gallery='Osprey_Afghanistan'] These photos are of the VMM-263 arriving in Afghanistan. All of the squadron’s Ospreys landed at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. It is situated northwest of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province. "A Whole Different Animal" In an interview just prior to the deployment of the Osprey squadron from…