The Ch-53K at the Paris Air Show: Preparing for Its Global Role

06/20/2019
By Robbin Laird On June 18, 2019, the President of Sikorsky, Dan Schultz, himself a former CH-53-E pilot, provided an overview brief on the CH-53K and their offering for both Germany and Israel. He was joined by John Rucci, Senior Experimental Test Pilot, who was in the Lockheed chalet, working…

Shaping C2 for a Degraded Operational Environment: The Role of GATR

06/12/2019
By Robbin Laird With the central role which crisis management will play for the US and its allies, a key area of change is in the area of C2.  Distributed operations which will be an essential part of the strategic shift will require distributed C2. And C2 will have to…

Russian Aircraft and the Baltic Air Patrol: RAF Intercept for 4th Time in May

06/03/2019
According to a story published by the UK MoD website on May 31, 2019, the latest intercept was highlighted. The RAF jets scrambled yesterday (Thursday 30 May) to intercept two Russian SU-30 Flanker fighters, two SU-24 Fencer attack aircraft and an AN-12 transport aircraft flying off the north coast of…

Joint Stars 2019

06/03/2019
In an article published on May 30, 2109, the Italian Ministry of Defence highlighted the importance of the Joint Stars 2019 exercise. Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta today visited Decimomannu (Sardinia) on the occasion of Joint Stars 2019, the Defence most important exercise "Over the last few years Joint Stars exercises have…

Amphibiosity Evolves in the Australian Defence Force: The Case of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

05/28/2019
During Bold Alligator 2013, we interviewed an ADF officer about the coming of a new amphibious capability to the ADF. Second Line of Defense learned more about the Aussie transition with an opportunity to discuss the effort with an Aussie Army officer involved in Bold Alligator 2013.  LtCol Bonavita is…

Training for the Kill Web: The Gladiator Building Block

05/27/2019
By Robbin Laird There is a clear recognition that an ability to actually have a kill web force requires the training to actually do it. In the live environment the focus will be upon working the physical pieces of operating air systems with distributed ground and naval capabilities. The challenge…

Re-shaping C-2: Decision Making at the Tactical Edge

05/22/2019
By Robbin Laird With the introduction of new communications and video technologies, military decision making has changed over the past twenty years. A significant point of change was the introduction of Rover which created what Secretary Wynne, under whose mandate Rover was introduced, referred to as the democratization of the…