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 # 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…

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…

A Conversation with an F-35 Maintainer about the Impact of the New F-35 Actuator System on Maintenance

08/26/2010
An Interview with Armando Martinez In an earlier article on the website, we discussed the impact of the design of the F-35 on maintenance. One system, which was discussed in the article, was the new approach to building and maintaining hydraulic systems.   The article discussed the impact of the EHAS…

Elizabeth City USCG Base Infrastructure

08/25/2010
On our tour of the Elizabeth City USCG station there were several examples of the state of the infrastructure and of needs for modernization. All photos are credit to Second Line of Defense, June 30, 2010. A first example is how much stuff is kept outside because of the absence…