Strategy, Concepts of Operations and Technology: The Challenge and Opportunity of Shaping a Distributed C2 Enabled Force

05/20/2019
By Robbin Laird I would argue that the US and its allies are not so much facing a great power competition. I would refer to it as a global contest between 21st century authoritarian powers and the liberal democracies. And on each side of the competition there is significant cross learning…

Fighting at The Speed of Light: Making it All Work

05/20/2019
By Ed Timperlake Honoring, and empowering human’s engaged in the deadly serious occupation of defending their fellow citizens as combat warriors in putting their life on the line  is everything in a military analysis before any future technology discussions can begin. It is no good to talk about future technologies…

Shaping Direct European Defense Capabilities: Exercise Formidable Shield 2019

05/10/2019
The return of the Russians to a position of directly threatening Europe is not a return to the Cold War. Not only is Russia, not the Soviet Union with the Warsaw Pact, but the threat being posed is considerably different. Analysts have focused on the hybrid threat whereby Russia uses…

Visiting the Warlords: An April 2019 Update from the CO of VMFAT-501

04/29/2019
By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to 2ndMarine Air Wing, I had a chance to visit MCAS Beaufort and meet with Lt. Col. Adam Levine, the CO of VMFAT-501, otherwise known as the Warlords. As the base was busy for the airshow being held the weekend of the…

Building the New and Modernizing the Old for Frigates in the Australian Navy: The Perspective of Marcus Hellyer

04/08/2019
By Robbin Laird Last year, the Australian navy announced that they would build a new class of frigates, the Hunter class. This new class will be built-in Australia with BAE Systems as the prime contractor. The Brits and the Aussies will work together on this new launch platform and the…

From Legacy Training to Training a Crisis Management Force: 5th Gen and the Kill Web

04/04/2019
By Robbin Laird An ability to actually have a kill web force requires the training to actually do it. Training will need to occur on two levels. First, in the live environment, working the physical pieces of operating ADA with Naval Systems with Air Systems and working the C2 architecture…