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…

Shaping a Collaborative Maritime Strategy for the Pacific: The USCG Role

10/07/2009
A new approach to maritime security which provides for layered defense of the American homeland built around maritime domain awareness is viewed as a crucial effort in the United States.  To build capabilities for the new approach requires redirecting U.S. maritime capabilities away from an emphasis on overseas presence and…

The USMC and Crafting the Seabase Enterprise

09/18/2009
The USMC has become more of a land army as a consequence of the Iraq War. General Conway, the USMC Commandant, is worried the Corps is losing its expeditionary focus. Marine officers who have joined the USMC during the Iraq period are very likely NEVER to have been aboard ship.…

Shaping the Con-ops of Ground Robotics: Robotics Rodeo at Fort Hood

09/18/2009
One of the more interesting dynamics of change in concepts of operations in the years ahead will be the relationship between robotic systems and ground, air and sea operations. An excellent illustration of the thinking about operational scenarios within which ground robotic vehicles might be used in the years ahead…