Military Logistics: The Bedrock or Quick Sand of Sustained Operations in a Crisis

04/21/2019
By Robbin Laird The Australian Defence Force (ADF) shaped a joint force which was able to self-deploy to the Middle East.  With the RAAF's new force package of advanced tanker, the C-17 and Wedgetail, the ADF experienced a joint capability which it had not had before, one which was featured…

Aussies Work Supply Chain Digitalization on the F-35

03/19/2019
According to a press release from BAE Systems Australia, the company is working with the Commonwealth of Australia to work supply chain innovations with regard to the F-35. Given Australia's role in regional support for the aircraft, this is an especially important effort. BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing…

Meeting the Challenge of the Australian Submarine “Gap”: Upgrading the Collins Class

03/05/2019
The decision by the current Australian government to co-develop a new class of attack submarines with the French Naval Group will not deliver the replacement submarines until well into the next decade. This clearly creates what one might call a submarine "gap." Given that attack submarines are the key current…

From the Osprey to the CH-53K: Progress in Building a Maintainable Aircraft

02/21/2019
By Robbin Laird Recently, I visited New River to talk with the team doing the Log Demo in support of the CH-53K. A decade ago I visited the Osprey maintainers standing up the Osprey at New River as well. I have republished a number of those interviews from a decade…

The Osprey at 2nd Marine Air Wing: An Update from Colonel Boniface

02/14/2019
By Robbin Laird During my visit to 2ndMAW in January 2019, I had a chance to talk with the Commanding Officer of MAG-26, Colonel Boniface. I have had the opportunity to talk with Chris Boniface several times since we first met at the Bold Alligator exercises almost a decade ago.…

The USMC and a New Chapter in Heavy Lift: The CH-53K Logs Demo at New River

01/29/2019
By Robbin Laird A decade ago I was present at the creation of the Osprey nation and did many interviews and visits as the aircraft was stood up and supported in operations. It was such a different aircraft from the CH-46 that the maintainers with whom I met a decade…

Preparing for Effective Fleet Support: The CH-53K Log Demo at New River

01/29/2019
By Robbin Laird With the coming of software upgradeable aircraft which have health management systems built in, there is a strategic opportunity or better put, a strategic imperative, to leverage those systems to gain knowledge and mastery of a combat fleet. The opportunity is there to gain predictive knowledge about…

Partners, Fleets, Innovation and Global Capabilities: The Aussies and the C-17

01/28/2019
As new aircraft enter the combat fleet, there is a clear opportunity to shape new approaches to sustainment for global operations. This is especially true if the aircraft in question is bought and operated by allies as well as US forces.' The core promise of the F-35 global enterprise rests…