Expeditionary Basing and C2: A Key Challenge Facing the USMC in Shaping a Way Ahead

06/14/2020
By Robbin Laird I have been focusing in a series of articles on the mobile basing role of the USMC within the evolving maritime kill web approach. Earlier articles highlighted key requirements to perform expeditionary basing, as well as challenges facing sustainment and support for such a force. A key…

Manufacturing a CH-53K: The Central Role of Digital Thread Production

06/11/2020
By Robbin Laird Sikorsky is working with NAVAIR and the USMC to deliver a new build heavy lift helicopter, the CH-53K. This is a digital aircraft, while its predecessor the CH-53E, is a mechanical aircraft. What this means is that the aircraft is digitally designed and manufactured by means of…

C2, the Knowledge Base and the Kill Web

06/11/2020
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake We had the opportunity to work with and for Secretary Wynne when he was in the Defense Department. He was involved in many innovations which revolved around shaping an information force before the term became fashionable, which involved pushing information to the edge of…

The Digital Interoperability Initiative and Mobile Basing: A Key Enabler

06/09/2020
By Robbin Laird In a series of articles based on interviews with the USMC, the nature and scope of the digital interoperability initiative being pursued by Marine Corps Aviation has been highlighted. In one of those articles, the discussion highlighted a way ahead with regard to digital interoperability for the…

The USMC and Mobile Basing: The Contributions of Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs)

06/08/2020
When considering contributions which the USMC can make to the joint or coalition force in Pacific operations, an ability to put an air arming and refueling point on virtually any spot on the kill web chessboard is clearly a key contribution. These are referred to as FARPs or Forward Arming…

Harvest the Best and Leave the Rest: The Land Wars and the Emergence of the Kill Web

06/05/2020
The strategic shift from the land wars to full spectrum crisis management is a very significant change. Operating against adversary forces who have full spectrum capability requires building and training a force which can prevail in a wide variety of contested environments. We have argued that shaping interactive kill webs…

The Evolving Amphibious Task Force: New Roles and New Capabilities?

06/04/2020
By Robbin Laird With the return to the sea on which the USMC has been working with the US Navy over the past few years, the role of “amphibiosity” has been in evolution as well. The Bold Alligator Exercises started in 2011 and re-focused on the importance of the return…

Fighting with the Force You Have: Moving Forward with Mobile Expeditionary Basing

06/03/2020
By Robbin Laird As noted earlier, a key contribution which the USMC can provide for the joint and coalition force is afloat or ashore is mobile and expeditionary basing. In an earlier article, built around a discussion with Lieutenant Colonel Barron, ADT&E Department Head at MAWTS-1, we focused on what…