Captain R. Robinson Harris on Flexible Naval Forces and 21st Century Con-ops

12/07/2009
Captain Robinson  Harris, US Navy (Retired),  now  from Lockheed Martin MS2,  is a well-known naval analyst and  provides an insightful analysis on the interaction between 21st century concepts of operations and ship-building and ship design.  Harris underscores the central role of modularity, connectivity and interoperability in enhancing the impact of maritime…

The Coast Guard’s Response Boat Medium Replacement (RB-M) Program

12/07/2009
This is the first of regular contributions by Rear Admiral (Retired) Ed Gilbert, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts on maritime security, who is president of Gilbert Associates and a frequent commentator on the challenges facing the US Coast Guard today. The pressing need to modernize U.S. Coast…

Providing Connectivity for the USCG: The Key Enabler for Mission Success

12/07/2009
Three MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopters attached to Air Station Kodiak fly over Cliff Point on Women's Bay near the Coast Guard base on Kodiak Island during a formation flight A key focus of this website is the centrality of connectivity of platforms in shaping capability for the performance of military…

General Walsh on the USMC Use of Airpower in Iraq: From Precision-Strike to Presence

11/30/2009
  [caption id="attachment_2582" align="alignleft" width="150"] General Walsh[/caption] On November 9th, Brigadier General Walsh discussed his recent experiences in Iraq (watch video abstract). In December 2008 he became the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Forward and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom on November 3rd and 2nd MAW (Fwd) was…

The Maintainers at the Heart of the Osprey Enterprise

11/28/2009
[caption id="attachment_2584" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="The V22 Maintenance Team"][/caption] Crafting the Osprey Enterprise: The Role of the Maintenance Team New Plane, New Capability, New Support Concept The Osprey is a new plane, a new capability, and provides a new contribution to the MAGTF and to the joint forces. It is not…

Special Feature – Alabama Governor Riley on the Future of Aerospace and Defense in the South

11/26/2009
Given the centrality of Alabama to two national competitions, i.e. the well-known tanker competition, but also the LCS one, George Talbot, political editor of the Mobile Press-Register and Robbin Laird (Sldinfo.com) sat down with Governor Riley of Alabama on November 17, 2009 to discuss the role of Alabama in aerospace…

Meeting the Logistics and Sustainment Challenge: Towards a New Bargain Between Industry and Government

11/23/2009
Building a Stable and Effective Public-Private Partnership In a recent interview Sldinfo conducted with Lou Kratz, Vice President, Logistics and Sustainment, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the core significance of shaping an effective partnership between industry and the Department of Defense was underscored.  Indeed, Lou Kratz laid out an approach towards shaping a new…

The President’s Asian Journey

11/23/2009
By Harald Malmgren President Obama in China (credit: The White House, November 2009) As President Obama began his Asian journey, his White House aides said he viewed China as “America’s most vital partner in tackling the globe’s most intractable issues.”  The President himself said  “We meet at a time when…