Leveraging Austerity: Recrafting Military Space

09/04/2009
The military budget under President Obama and Secretary Gates is dominated by the twin themes of Afghanistan and austerity. The focus on Afghanistan is shaping the strategic perspective for the Administration’s military strategy and austerity is re-shaping the defense portfolios. The power projection forces so dependent upon proprietary military space…

Manufacturing for Enhanced Reliability: Rugged Boxes

09/04/2009
[caption id="attachment_545" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="RAPC Protector"][/caption] As budgets get tighter and competition among vendors accelerates, both government and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers are looking and will continue to look for additional value from the shrinking dollars available. One way to "squeeze" more from a limited budget is to manufacture…

Framing the Security Challenge

09/04/2009
The world may be flat because of globalization, but we may want not to be flattened. The trouble with analyses like Freedman's is there is a God called "Globalization" hidden away in the bowels of the earth, which creates automatic effects and benefits for something called the "global economy." Nations…

The Connectivity Opportunity

09/04/2009
With a significant shortfall in spending for new power projection platforms, the U.S. faces a core challenge of how to most effectively build forces for the years ahead. At the heart of this opportunity will be to shape joint con-ops for the US Air Force and Navy and to ensure…

Connectivity and Crafting a National Fleet: Enhancing Synergy Between the USCG and the USN

09/04/2009
The United States Coast Guard and Navy are pursuing the creation of a national fleet to craft a common approach and develop interoperable capabilities to provide for maritime security. If this were to become a reality, what would be required and what would be entailed to make it work? The…

The USMC Logistics Modernization Approach: The 2007 Baseline

08/13/2009
In an interview with Colonel Turlip of the USMC in mid-2007, the nature and status of the USMC logistics modernization effort was discussed. Colonel Doug Turlip at the time was head of the Logistics Vision and Strategy Center (LPV) within the Logistics and Installations Division of Headquarters USMC. Colonel Turlip's…

The Role of USMC Airpower: Enabling Multi-Spectrum Ops

08/13/2009
[caption id="attachment_1234" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="JSF on Illustrious"][/caption] The role of the air element for the USMC is essential to the future of the USMC. One can have a police force with military uniforms or one can have a flexible military force enabled by full spectrum capability. The choice depends upon…

Crafting A NATO Helo Logistics Initiative for Afghanistan

08/12/2009
By Robbin Laird and Murielle Delaporte 08/12/2009 - NATO is developing a common logistics initiative to support helicopters in operation in Afghanistan. It is clear that more helos are need for Afghan operations; but rather than simply inserting new kit, it is realized by senior NATO officials that shaping a…