UAS: Shaping the Operational Real Estate

10/28/2010
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and the Future of the Amphibious Force By Vince Martinez Vince Martinez is a regular contributor to Second Line of Defense and is the President and Founder of Affinity Fidelis Consulting and Technologies; a defense consulting firm in Northern Virginia. *** 10/29/2010 - As the military…

The USMC and Expeditionary Logistics

10/27/2010
Reshaping and Incorporating New Capabilities An Interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Applewhite 10/29/2010 - Earlier this summer, Second Line of Defense talked about the most recent USMC logistics game and some of the conclusions that might be drawn from that wargame for USMC approaches to expeditionary logistics.  At the time of the…

“Re-norming” the Asymmetric Advantage (Part Two)

10/17/2010
“Re-norming” the Asymmetric Advantage in Air Dominance: “Going to War with the Air Force You Have” (Part Two) By Michael W. Wynne, 21st Secretary of the U.S. Air Force 10/17/2010 What are the available platforms and technologies that we have invested in to date? And how can we shape effective…

Delivering Energy at the Tip of the Spear (Part Three)

10/17/2010
Moving the Ball Forward: Shaping a Deployable Energy Policy bill By Hon. Bill Anderson The Honorable William C. (“Bill”) Anderson served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics and the Air Force Senior Energy Executive under President George W. Bush from 2005-2008. He currently serves…

Evaluating the Proposed Saudi Arabian Arms Deal

10/16/2010
By Dr. Richard Weitz 10/16 /2010 - The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency is expected to confirm soon an estimated $60 billion U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The unstated but widely understood purpose of the sale, which has been under discussion since 2007, is to enhance the Kingdom’s ability…

Crafting Relevant Capabilities

10/16/2010
Arms Sales a Necessary, But Not Sufficient Condition for Enhanced Deterrence By Dr. Robbin Laird 10/16 /2010 - Richard Weitz’s review and assessment of the proposed Saudi arms sale discusses some of the platforms on offer, which could go with what the Saudis already have in the inventory.  Platforms are…