French Defense Industrial Re-Set as France Prepares to Re-Emerge from the Coronavirus Crisis

04/15/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris - Dassault Aviation has resumed training flights for Indian pilots on the Rafale fighter jet, as the aircraft builder seeks to meet contract requirements despite the deadly spread of coronavirus. “At Merignac, the (conversion training center) activities started on Monday with a daily mission for two…

Crises Learning: The Australian Case

04/13/2020
By Michael Shoebridge Australian governments at all levels have learned a lot between the onset of the bushfire season and the first stages of the novel coronavirus pandemic. There’s a clear understanding that national crises require coherent national responses. And that the seams between and among the Commonwealth and the…

NATO Highlights Role of 3D Printing as Part of COVID 19 Response

04/06/2020
NATO Allies have joined efforts with private companies and academic institutions in the fight against the global pandemic of the Coronavirus. These efforts include making 3D printing available to produce ventilator masks, which represent a crucial component of the medical equipment required to treat patients hit by the Coronavirus. In…

Living through the Global Coronavirus Crisis: The Centrality of Connectivity

04/05/2020
Certainly, one key impact of the Coronavirus crisis has highlighted in the crucial role of connectivity to allow 21st century societies to function even under duress. Stay at home orders would not even be feasible without those "at home" being able to connect over their phone lines and internet connections,…

Employing Unmanned Surface Vehicles to Enhance Port and Harbor Security

04/03/2020
By George Galorisi The deployment of two U.S. Navy hospital ships, USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, to the ports of Los Angeles and New York City, respectively, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has made international news. It has also put a punctuation mark on the importance of ports and…

Coronavirus Impact: France Pulls Out from African West Coast Maritime Security Mission

04/03/2020
by defenceWeb The French Navy has suspended its Mission Corymbe off West Africa due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and withdrawn a vessel from the area. The patrol vessel Lieutenant de Vaisseau Le Henaff, which departed Brest on 3 March for West Africa, returned to France at the end of the…

The Contribution of the Australian Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel to Smart Sovereignty

04/01/2020
By Robbin Laird The argument of my forthcoming report on the nature and impact of the new build Australian OPV program is that the new build OPV is shaping a new template for Australian shipbuilding. And it is one in which the role of the prime contractor is being redefined…