Waging the Future Fight

11/23/2010
Budget Decisions and the Future of the Martial Enterprise By Vince Martinez Budget Freeze: the F-22 Raptor has been one of the first victims Credit photo: www.flightgear.org 11/23/2010 - Decisions, Dollars and the Future It is no surprise that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the MV-22 Osprey are…

Loosing Aerospace?

11/05/2010
United States Is On The Verge Of Losing Its Aerospace Industry, Analyst Warns By Richard McCormack This article was originally published in Manufacturing & Technology News on September 30th, 2010. All graphs come from: "A Case for Repayable Launch Aid," a study by David Pritchard *** 11/05/2010 - The U.S.…

Preparing for the Maintenance of the F-35 at Langley AFB

11/05/2010
An Interview with Senior Master Sgt. Steven Wehrle and Master Sgt. David Freeman 11/05/2010 - In September 2010, Second Line of Defense sat down with maintainers at Langley AFB to talk about F-22 experiences and preparation for the F-35.  As the maintainers described it, a significant cultural change was underway…

America’s Deindustrialization and China’s Rise

09/30/2010
This article was originally published in Manufacturing & Technology News on August 30th, 2010. Military Begins To Contemplate The Impact Of America’s Deindustrialization By Richard McCormack The military uses of nanotechnology are just part of China’s massive program of research and development. (Credit Photo: AFP/Getty Images as published in the…

Enhanced Maintainability: The New Grizzly’s Trail

09/13/2010
Designing New Platforms for Enhanced Maintainability: The A400M Case An Interview with Richard Thompson At the Farnborough Air Show last July (2010), Second Line of Defense sat down with Richard Thompson, Senior Vice President for Customer Services from Military Airbus to discuss how the design and development process enables greater…

Business Model # 3:Taranis Emerges

09/07/2010
Shaping a Partnership for a “Transformational” Capability At the BAE Systems Media Center during the Farnbourgh Air show, an update was provided with regard to the UK’s Taranis UCAV.  The program is the UK’s leverage point into any US or European collaborative programs, and underwrites the development of autonomous UK…

Business Model # 1: Team CW

09/07/2010
At the Farnborough Air Show, MBDA held a media briefing providing an update on the Team Complex Weapons initiative ("Team CW") and the way ahead. The business model is of interest, not only for shaping a key ally’s approach to shaping future capability but in terms of being a potential…

The T/R Module Production Base for the F35 Lightning II’s Radar

09/07/2010
An Interview With Douglas Lawton, vice president, Baltimore Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems In early July, Second Line of Defense talked with Douglas Lawton, a conversation prompted by an SLD visit to the Northrop Grumman plant to watch the transmit and receive (or T/R) module production line : this line…