Towards Flexible Strategic Capability: The C5 Modernization Asset

01/12/2010
1/12/2010 An effective and flexible multi-mission capability is central to the strategic future of the United States. As the US engages in specific military or security campaigns, undoubtedly investments will have to be made on capabilities designed for specific operations. These specific or tailored solutions meet only a significantly limited…

Geared For Afghanistan: An Interview with USMC Lieutenant-Colonel Pasagian

01/11/2010
As foot soldiers are in increased demand in the harsh terrain of Afghanistan while IEDs have created new types of vulnerabilities, individual protective gear for the infantryman keeps evolving and improving to address new kinds of challenges. SLD's Murielle Delaporte sat down with USMC Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur J. Pasagian, Program manager,…

Dramatic USCG Rescue Shows Impact of New C4ISR Systems

01/11/2010
Credit: USCG Atlantic Area, January 3, 2010 As we discussed in an earlier article, the new C4ISR systems allow the USCG to connect their assets and work with other agencies to force multiply. Unfortunately, you cannot break a bottle over a C4ISR system (without destroying it) to celebrate its introduction,…

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…