The Arrival of the HSCM: The Role of the F-35 in the Kill Web Con-Ops

03/09/2019
By Ed Timperlake It is now time to accept that a war-changing weapon, HSCM is in the late stages of R&D and it must be accounted for in any battle plan.   Unlike distant “hyper-sonic” R&D efforts such a Global Strategic Strike aircraft, a hypersonic cruise missile is a rapidly evolving…

The Surface Fleet, ASW and Defeating Hyper-Sonic Cruise Missiles: The Case of the Zumwalt Class

03/08/2019
By Ed Timperlake The US Navy and the surface fleet is very much engaged in our strategic and tactical thinking about how to defend against the emerging Hyper-Sonic Cruise Missile threat.  Of course, the best way to stop a HSCM is to sink the enemy sub before it has a…

Shaping “Collaborative Connected Warfare”: SACT General Lanata’s Approach to Transformation

03/06/2019
By Murielle Delaporte NATO's Allied Transformation Command will celebrate's its fifteenth year this year as NATO celebrates its seventieth. Earlier this month, in an interview with the new Supreme Commander, General André Lanata, we had a chance to discuss his approach to ACT and its transformation mission. When asked about the…

A Look Back at the History of US Navy ASW Con-ops and Capabilities

03/06/2019
By Ed Timperlake The view of the US Navy and its approach to ASW throughout history was laid down over sixty years ago by one of the most accomplished CNO’s in Naval History, Admiral Arleigh Burke. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke initiated “Project Nobska,” which carved out a…

21st Century Anti-Submarine Capability as a Key Element for Shaping Escalation Dominance

03/05/2019
By Ed Timperlake The famous battle winning lineage of the Navy’s Anti-submarine force (ASW)  is being called to “Sound General Quarters Battle Stations” because  America is being directly threatened by the President of Russia’s  submarines with low flying air-breathing nuclear tipped hypersonic cruise missiles.  The significant change in the direct…

The Strategic Shift and German Defense: The Perspective of Brigadier General (Retired) Rainer Meyer zum Felde

03/04/2019
By Robbin Laird During my visit to Germany in February 2019, I had the chance to discuss the return of direct defense in Europe and the way ahead for German defense with an experienced Bundeswehr officer and thinker with many years of NATO experience, Brigadier General (ret.) Rainer Meyer zum…

Dealing with the Sub-Launched HSCM as a “Smaller Chunk” Within Escalation Dominance

03/04/2019
By Edward Timperlake In the first article in the series, we introduced the notion developed by Paul Bracken of breaking escalation dominance into smaller chunks. In his book on the Second Nuclear Age , he argued that mastering the maneuver space for the threat to use nuclear weapons was part…