The Indian Decision in the Fighter Competition

06/02/2011
A Conversation with Pravin Sawhney [caption id="attachment_19419" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="(Credit: SLD)"][/caption] 06/02/2011 - In Mid-May, Second Line of Defense sat down with Pravin Sawhney, editor of Force Magazine, the highly regard Indian monthly on national security and defense.  Sawheny provided his interpretation of the decision to downselect European aircraft and…

A New Approach to Airlift and Tanking

06/01/2011
06/01/2011: The Shifting Strategic Environment: A New Approach to Airlift and Tanking The United States has inherited and chosen to pursue the specialized aircraft route to airlift and tanking; Airbus Military has chosen a multi-mission path to providing for airlift and tanking capabilities for its customers. When the DOD chose the…

The Impact of Digital Systems

05/31/2011
Miguel Angel Morrell on Impact of Digital Systems [caption id="attachment_19409" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="(Credit: SLD)"][/caption] 05/31/2011 - As readers of Second Line of Defense know, one of our interests is the role of the new digital systems on new aircraft, which are facilitating a maintenance revolution.  Later this year we plan…

Accenture: Offshore Outsourcing Has Not Worked

05/16/2011
By Richard McCormack Originally published in Manufacturing News, April 29, 2011 05/16/2011 - The strategy embraced over the past decade by U.S. manufacturing companies to shift production to countries with cheap labor may no longer be appropriate, according to a consulting firm that has been a big promoter of offshore…

Russia’s ROKAF Connection

05/06/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 05/052011 - South Korea is an attractive defense market due to its large economy and justifiable need for military equipment to defend against a North Korean threat. The United States is the main supplier of imported weapons to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces (ROKAF). The…

Shaping Manufacturing for Sustainability: The Eurocopter Approach (2)

05/03/2011
05/03/2011 - Following the interview with Alain Rolland, where the Senior VP outlined the core approach of Eurocopter in shaping its approach to manufacturing for sustainability, SLD visited the factory to view some concrete examples of the approach.Pierre Maret, the head of the Development Center for Excellence, focused on the…

Building the LPD-17

04/27/2011
04/27/2011 - In late March 2011, prior to the christening of the LPD-24 at the Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Second Line of Defense interviewed the LPD 17 program manager, Doug Lounsberry.  Lounsberry provided an overview to the challenges of building this class of ship and the advantages, which the…

EMB314: Which Gender Issue?

04/21/2011
The Political Silly Season has now entered into an AF source selection By Ed Timperlake 04/21/2011 - One of the strangest arguments ever made about competing aircraft in a source selection was recently made in an article in The Hill. The general vice president of the International Association of Machinists…