The French Consider a New Aircraft Carrier: Opening the Aperture on Innovation

11/03/2018
Adding a new seabase to the mix for the defense of Europe and its interests is what the current Macron government is considering. With the opening of a study phase for a new carrier, the French Defense Minister announced at the recent Euronaval show that France was pursuing a path…

The Way Ahead in Shipbuilding: The Perspective of Admiral (Retired) Nils Wang

10/16/2018
By Robbin Laird During my current visit to Denmark, I have a chance to meet with Admiral (Retired) Nils Wang, a dialogue partner for several years in my visits to the country. He has provided the readers of Second Line of Defense with many key insights not only with regard…

The Role of the Submarine in the Australian Deterrent Strategy

09/16/2018
By Robbin Laird The Williams Foundation seminar on August 23, 2018 focused on the evolving role of independent strike within the evolving Australian deterrent strategy. Currently, the Australian submarine force provides the longest-range stealth strike platform within the ADF.  Although it posseses modest force of six Collins class submarines, the…

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Royal Australian Navy in a Deterrent Strategy

08/24/2018
By Robbin Laird Sydney, Australia During my visit to Fleet Base East in Sydney, I had a chance to talk with Captain Leif Maxfield, Deputy Commodore Warfare in the Royal Australian Navy. At Garden Island, two of the latest additions for the RAN can be seen, namely the new amphibious…

Australia Builds Out Its Alliance Relationships With Shipbuilding Deals

08/24/2018
By Robbin Laird Research Fellow, The Williams Foundation Canberra, Australia As the Chinese challenge grows, Australia is clearly concerned about expanded Chinese influence within Australia and with regard to Chinese efforts to reshape the external environment to expand the influence and power of the Chinese authoritarian state. Clearly the United…

A Visit to EOS in Australia: A Payload Company Innovates for 21st Century Operations

08/20/2018
By Robbin Laird During my current visit to Australia, I had a chance to visit Electric Optical Systems (EOS) in Canberra and to meet with the founder and his senior team working on space systems. EOS works closely with global customers, including the United States, and provides cutting edge lasers…

Visiting HMAS Hobart: A Key Building Block in the Remaking of the Royal Australian Navy

08/06/2018
By Robbin Laird During my current trip to Australia, I started with the opportunity to visit the HMAS Hobart, the first Aegis Air Warfare destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy. This was my second visit to Garden Island, and it is always exciting to see the city of Sydney in…