The HMAS Canberra Works with USMC Aircraft Onboard for RIMPAC 22

07/25/2022
By Robbin Laird HMAS Canberra was born in a strategic context for Australia considerably different from today. When the Australian government was considering adding an LHA to the force, the main focus was upon supporting HADR operations along with an ability to transport the Australian Army to regional areas of…

An Update on B-2s Engaged in Training with the RAAF

07/25/2022
n an Australian Department of Defence article published on July 11, 2022, the arrival of B-2 aircraft to Amberley airbase was highlighted. B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft from the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) will be visiting RAAF Base Amberley this month as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) initiative. Several PACAF…

Disruptive Change in European and Trans-Atlantic Defense and the Nordic Opportunity

07/15/2022
By Robbin Laird The coming of Sweden and Finland into NATO is not simply an additive event. But the prospect of Nordic defense integratability provides for an opportunity for disruptive change to reset and recast how North Atlantic defense can be done. When combined with the significant fleet redesign for…

“It is Not My Father’s Second Fleet”: Excerpts from Chapter Eight of “A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making”

07/14/2022
With the strategic opportunity for rebuilding Nordic defense, the project begun in 2018 in Norfolk in reshaping the U.S. and allied navy’s command structures and force design can find its real impact and meaning. The Nordic defense renaissance provides an opportunity for disruptive change and strategic redesign to deal with…

Expeditionary Seabasing and Expanding the Maritime Kill Web Force

07/13/2022
We have just published our book A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making which highlights how mobile and sea basing provide key components for an integrated distributed force. As we noted in the chapter in the book entitled “the expeditionary sea basing force in maneuver warfare”: “The U.S. Navy…

Building a Platform for Wolfpack Unmanned Surface Vessel Kill Web Operations

07/12/2022
By Robbin Laird As the U.S. Navy shifts to a priority emphasis on distributed maritime operations, the opportunity for maritime autonomous systems to play a growing role is opened up. That is for the simple reality that as distributed modular task forces deploy, autonomous capabilities can contribute to the lethality…

The Key Role of Training in Dynamic Evolution of Capabilities for the High-End Fight and Crisis Management

06/29/2022
By Robbin Laird Training is one of the words that changes meaning as the liberal democracies face the military dimension posed by the 21st century authoritarian powers. Rather than being just about training to be prepared, which is obviously crucial, advanced training capabilities drive the adaption of the force which…

Cross-Decking and Distributed Maritime Operations

06/27/2022
According to a story published by 3rd Marine Air Wing on August 20, 2021, VMFA-211 conducted the first cross-deck aviation mission in modern naval history. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 conducted a first-of-its-kind operation which saw F-35B aircraft launched from HMS Queen Elizabeth land on the amphibious assault ship…