Lessons from the 1980s: Dealing with the Russian Challenge in the 21st Century

03/21/2019
By Robbin Laird I am writing a three-part series to deal with some lessons learned from the 1980s which provided some insights with the current challenge of dealing with Russia. The Cold War is over; but the Russians are back. This is NOT the Cold War; and we do not…

Finland Works Naval Modernization: Corvettes in Support of National Air Defense

03/18/2019
The Finns are in the process of acquiring four new corvettes equipped to contribute to their national air defense capabilities. They are in the process of acquiring and equipping four new corvettes in this role. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part…

A Five Year Anniversary: Russia Changes the Game in Europe

03/17/2019
Recently, the Norwegian government reminded us of the anniversary of the new phase of European development. Five years have passed since Russia illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol on 18 March 2014. This act was a serious violation of international law and a challenge to the established international order. Norway therefore…

New Report: Would You Actually Like to Kill Hypersonic Cruise Missiles Rather than Just See the Attack from Space

03/17/2019
It is not just about getting better intelligence through space-based systems to have an historical record of what killed you. It is about the kill web executing the kill function. This report focuses on the way ahead now and for the five year period ahead. The future is now; the…

The Future is Now: The US Navy, the Kill Web and Dealing with Putin’s Challenge

03/15/2019
By Ed Timperlake President Putin has just given all in America a wakeup call, but  to the Russian Military everlasting regret if combat ever breaks out  the US Navy is always ready-NOW.  Over fifty years ago, 1965, in Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy, Plebes (freshmen) were required…

Shaping a Way Ahead to Deal with Hypersonic High Speed Cruise Missiles

03/15/2019
By Ed Timperlake My initial 2011 paper “winning Air/Sea Battle” only looked at F-35 as early warning platform [note]https://sldinfo.com/2011/12/winning-the-airsea-battle/ [/note] Essentially, I focused in that paper on the F-35s as providing a “heads up” to fleet surface ships about “incoming” missiles threats but in the non-stealth mode the F-35 can carry…

Shaping a 21st Century Kill Web Approach to ASW: Leveraging the S Cubed Revolution

03/13/2019
By Ed Timperlake A game changer in weapon effectiveness and a way ahead to deal with a most “wicked problem” facing the US Navy today is how to effectively counter Putin’s threat of using HSCMs, notably aboard submarines.   My preliminary  analysis on how to engage with evolving HSCM and…

Reshaping the Norwegian Defence Force: Key Acquisitions in the Next 7 Years

03/10/2019
We have focused for some time on the importance of the modernization efforts of the Nordics in dealing with the return of the direct defense challenge in Europe. A key state in the effort has clearly been Norway. Recently, the Norwegian government released their defence plan for the next seven…