The Projected Impact of F-35B on USMC Operational Costs

07/07/2010
By Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, III, Deputy Commandant for USMC Aviation Affordability is the balance of cost and capabilities required to accomplish assigned missions. For over a decade the Marine Corps has avoided the cost of new procurement during a time when the service life of our legacy aircraft…

Maintaining the F-35B: Not So Much Of A Learning Curve

07/07/2010
On April 21st, 2010, SLD sat down with Gunnery Sergeant Larone Thomas and discussed F-35 maintenance.  Gunnery Sergeant Thomas is in charge of maintenance for the F-35Bs undergoing tests at Pax River and  has recently received major recognition from the service for his capabilities in an annual logistics award.  he…

Crafting the F-35 Sustainment Approach: A Central Element of the Con-Ops of the New Aircraft System

06/29/2010
SLD sat down with Kimberly Gavaletz, Vice President from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and head of the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment Program, to discuss the F-35 sustainment approach.  The F-35 is a new generation “flying combat system” which is built around a man-machine interface, which builds on developments in…

Crafting a Services Approach: A Perspective from Airbus Military

06/29/2010
As part of the Trade Media briefing in Spain in May 2010, a senior representative for Airbus Military provided an overview of different approaches to services which, we thought, would be very useful for readers of SLD, notably as the US debates the future of programs such as performance-based logistics. …

Prepping The Ground

06/20/2010
The Expeditionary Airfield Capability: A Core USMC Competence for Global Operations An Interview With USMC Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson and Chief Warrant Officer Collier [caption id="attachment_9663" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Camp Dwyer: An Airstrip "carved out of the desert" (Courtesy Photo: 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd), Public Affairs, Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, April 10th, 2010)"][/caption]…

Supporting TRANSCOM

05/21/2010
No More Iron Mountain An Interview with Tom Goudreau, Director Business Development, Information Systems and Global Services, Lockheed Martin [slidepress gallery='supporting-transcom'] Source: Lockheed Martin, April 18th, 2010 SLD: Normally logistics and sustainment really don’t receive a lot of attention within the strategic debate, but clearly Afghanistan and Iraq have elevated…

General McNabb’s Approach on TRANSCOM: A Multi-Modal Focus

05/21/2010
[caption id="attachment_8720" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="General Duncan J. McNabb, Commander U.S. Transportation Command"][/caption] SLD sat down with General Duncan J. McNabb, Commander U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), and his staff to discuss the role of TRANSCOM in current operations, with a special emphasis on Afghanistan and Haiti. This part of the interview…