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…

Maintenance Milestone for Australian C-130Js

05/15/2020
By Captain Jarrad Baldwin Over the past 17 years of C-130 Hercules operations in the Middle East, maintainers from No. 37 Squadron have worked hard to keep the workhorse in the air. The maintainers of the Air Mobility Task Element (AMTE) C-130 Detachment have achieved their 50th rotation to the…

Staff Innovations at Sea: Shaping Fleet Wide Changes

05/11/2020
By Lieutenant Simon Brown Engineering innovation by technical sailors on board the Leeuwin-class hydrographic survey ship HMAS Melville has resulted in an increase in the maximum propulsion power available to support the ship’s involvement in task group operations, while improving the normal operating conditions for essential machinery. The propulsion motor room (PMR)…

Re-Thinking Military Supply Chain Security in the Post-Pandemic World

03/30/2020
By David Beaumont Supply chain security is the concept which encompasses the programs, systems, procedures, technologies and solutions applied to address threats to the supply chain and the consequent threats to economic, social and physical well-being of citizens and organised society. – World Bank, 2009 Deborah Cowen’s book, The deadly life of…

Preparing the CH-53K for USMC Operations: A New Capability for a New Strategic Environment

02/06/2020
By Robbin Laird A recent news story highlighted progress in the preparation of the new heavy lift helicopter, the CH-53 K, for the USMC. According to Megan Eckstein of USNI News in a story published on December 17, 2019: “The Marine Corps and Sikorsky have resolved the engine integration issues…

UAE To Support Kenya Air Force Aircraft

11/30/2019
By defenceWeb The United Arab Emirates’ Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) has signed an agreement with the Kenya Air Force to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for its aircraft. GAL, part of the newly created Edge defence conglomerate, made the announcement during the Dubai Air Show last week. It…

Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: “Losing Without Fighting”

11/10/2019
As John Blackburn has put it recently, if we do not pay much closer focus and care with regard to our supply chains, both civilian and military, we could find ourselves in the position of "losing with fighting." Air Vice Marshal (Retired) has focused much of his research and public…