The New UK Carrier, Evolving Military Capability and the Strategic Context: Shaping 21st Century Projection Forces

05/28/2015
2015-05-28 By Robbin Laird I visited the HMS Queen Elizabeth on March 31, 2015 and conducted interviews in MoD afterwards. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is a new carrier designed to leverage core 21st century technologies and to reshape the UK forces into a more effective power projection force. And the…

Norwegian F-16s Fly with RAF Typhoons in Baltic Air Policing Role

05/27/2015
05/27/2015: NATO Baltic air policing flight over Lithuania as seen in May 2015. Norwegian Air Force F -16 fighter jets fly alongside Typhoon fighters from RAF while they fulfill their Baltic air policing role. Credit: Natochannel:5/21/15 According to an RAF story published on May 13, 2015: RAF Typhoon jets operating…

At the Vortex of 4th and 5th Generation Aircraft Integration: The Weapons Revolution

05/25/2015
2015-05-15 By Robbin Laird At the Copenhagen Airpower Symposium, a major theme was the impact of the F-35 on the transformation of airpower for the smaller or medium sized air forces. The coming of the F-35 was gaining momentum, and now those airpowers which are procuring the F-35, are thinking…

Special Report: Integrating Innovative Airpower, An Update from Copenhagen

05/21/2015
On April 17, 2015, two of our partners, the Williams Foundation (Australia) and the Centre for Military Studies (University of Copenhagen) hosted a seminar in Copenhagen on airpower innovation. In this Special Report, an overview to the Symposium as well as the speaker’s presentations are highlighted and summarized. Related material…

The Royal Air Force and the F-35: Shaping An Airpower Transition

05/17/2015
2015-05-17 At the Copenhagen Airpower Symposium on April 17, 2015, Group Captain Paul Godfrey, OBE, Royal Air Force, focused on the transformation of the Royal Air Force. Group Captain Paul Godfrey, OBE has extensive experience of a range of combat aircraft through Harrier, F-16 and Typhoon. As a Harrier weapons…

Crafting Baltic Defense: A Key Role for Allied Air and Seapower

05/15/2015
2015-05-08 By Robbin Laird With the Russian approach to Ukraine as defining a threat envelope, the question of Baltic defense has become a central one for NATO. And deterrence rests not simply on having exercises and declarations but a credible strategy to defeat the Russians if they decided to probe,…

Intelligence Failures Revisited

05/09/2015
2015-05-07 By Stephen Blank It is long since time to reopen the vexed question of continuing large-scale US intelligence failure. The scope of our continuing failures in this area is too large to ignore and too dangerous to brush aside. Intelligence failures – and there have been many large-scale intelligence…