Enhanced Expeditionary Basing Capabilities: CH-53K + TAGRS

08/19/2020
By Robbin Laird Recently, the Marines tested their new forward base refueling system with the CH-53K. The two together provide new capabilities for forward refueling points or for expeditionary basing. According to the Marines: Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, employ a tactical aviation ground…

Ospreys to the US Navy: CMV-22B to the Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS York

08/16/2020
An MV-22B Osprey, attached to the Blackjacks of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), is spend working with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), July 20, 2020. New York is operating in Atlantic Ocean in support of Naval operations to maintain maritime stability and…

Next Steps for Poseidon Facility at RAF Lossiemouth

08/11/2020
A recent story published by the UK Ministry of Defence on July 23, 2020 provided an update on the build out of the P-8 base in the UK. DE&S, the MOD’s procurement arm, will take control of the £100 million strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland. Clocking in at over…

Enhancing Expeditionary Logistics with Emerging Technology: The Impact of Unmanned Surface Vessels

06/28/2020
By George Galorisi Over 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu noted, "The line between disorder and order lies in logistics." While logistics may not stir a great deal of passion among Navy and Marine Corps warfighters, one doesn’t need to be a historian to understand the importance of logistics to warfare…

Next Steps in Ch-53Ks Key Role in Support for Mobile Basing

06/26/2020
By Robbin Laird In our recent series on mobile basing, we highlighted the evolution of USMC capabilities which can enable ways ahead with regard to mobile basing. We have argued that for the USAF and the US Navy, the capability of the USMC to provide chess pieces on the kill…

Carrier Support Begins a New Era: The Arrival of the CMV-22B to VRM 30

06/25/2020
By Robbin Laird The first CMV-22B Osprey has arrived in San Diego at Naval Air Station North Island and is assigned to the “Titans” of Navy’s Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30. The squadron was stood up in 2018 to operate the CMV-22B as a replacement for the Navy’s legacy…

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…