VADM Lewis: Shaping a Way Ahead for C2F and Allied Joint Forces Command, Norfolk

07/23/2021
By Robbin Laird Recently, I had a chance to talk with VADM Lewis, Commander of Second Fleet and of Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk. We spoke one day after the full operational capability ceremony held on the USS Kearsarge for Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk. Together, the two commands represent…

An Update on the Coming of the CMV-22B to the Fleet: July 2021

07/20/2021
By Robbin Laird Recently, I had a chance to talk with Captain Dewon “Chainsaw” Chaney, the Commander of COMVRMWING (or Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing). My last conversation was in April of this year, and the first one last year. With the CMV-22B to be first deployed on the USS Carl…

Crisis Management and Pacific Defense: The View from I MEF

07/09/2021
By Robbin Laird During my lifetime, the USMC has been the initial crisis management for the nation. It continues to do so, but after a long interlude of becoming land centric due to the demands of the nation’s leaders. With the return of direct defense in Europe and with the…

The Role of II MEF Information Group: The Perspective of Its Commanding General

07/08/2021
By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to Camp Lejeune, I had a chance to talk with the CG of the II MEF Information Group and his team. The meeting was suggested by the CG of II MEF, Lt. General Beaudreault, who underscored: “I think it would be hugely…

Shaping Crisis and Escalation Management Capabilities: 2nd ESG and II MEB Work the Challenges

07/07/2021
By Robbin Laird The strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to the high-end fight revolves around effective crisis management. With the 21st century authoritarian powers working hard to make the world safe for authoritarianism, the liberal democracies need to focus on protecting and expanding their abilities to defend…

An Update on the CH-53K, June 2021: Colonel Jack Perrin Provides an Overview

06/16/2021
By Robbin Laird The coming of the CH-53KTM to the USMC could not come at a more appropriate time. As the Marines are focused on mobile basing as a key aspect of how they contribute to crisis management, the capabilities of the new aircraft will be in immediate demand. It…

BALTOPS 50: Part of the Mosaic of Re-Working North Atlantic Defense

06/11/2021
By Robbin Laird BALTOPS 50 was begun on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2021. It was first held in 1972 and is an annual military exercise, held and sponsored by the Commander, US Naval Forces Europe and operates in the Baltic Sea and the regions surrounding it. One can…

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: A Williams Foundation Special Report

06/09/2021
On April 8, 2021, the Williams Foundation held a seminar originally scheduled for last March. It was postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown, Chairman of the Williams Foundation put it in his prologue to the conference: "Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation…