The Evolving North Korea’s Missile Arsenal: A Direct and Proliferation Threat

03/27/2013
2013-03-27 by Richard Weitz The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is working on an intercontinental-range missile (ICBM) capable of hitting targets as far as California and Alaska. In 1998, 2006, 2009, April 2012, and most recently in December 2012, the DPRK test launched a three-stage long-range missile designed to…

The Iranian Sanctions Game: A Means or an End?

11/22/2012
2012-11-22 By Richard Weitz The sanctions on Iran are reflective of the overall challenge of using these tools to affect a pariah regime’s behavior.  They are always indirect, and can lead to enhanced regime resistance rather than compliance with the hopes and wishes of the regimes inflicting the sanctions. Sanctions…

The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Libya: Shrinking “The Average Commute”

09/13/2011
An Interview With Colonel Mark Desens, Commander of the 26th MEU 09/05/2011 - In July 2011, Second Line of Defense sat down with Colonel Mark Desens to discuss the recent deployment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Earlier we had discussed, with Col. “Ozzie” Osborn, the 15th MEU, the evolution…

In Memory Of Our Friend Jack Wheeler

01/04/2011
A Personal Tribute Remembering Jack: Warrior and Man Without Peer By Robbin Laird In Memory of John P. Wheeler III John Wheeler will be remembered as a man of honor and commitment. Among his numerous achievements, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for which he fought stands out.  Credit photo: www.cowetaschools.org 01/04/2011…

General Bansard on the Evolution of Logistics and Sustainment in France (Part One)

02/08/2010
General Jean-Pierre Bansard LOGISTICS ON THE FRONT LINE (I) A few months ago, SLD sat down with General Jean-Pierre Bansard, in charge at the time of Logistics Organization within the MoD Chief of Staff, in order to gain a better understanding of the evolution of French support and logistics in…

Robert Johnson on: Why are there no heavy US Army units in Afghanistan?

01/25/2010
By Robert Johnson [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st platoon, delta company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment conduct a mounted counter indirect fire patrol in Sabari, Afghanistan (Courtesy Photo: Joint Combat Camera Afghanistan, Coalition Outpost Sabari, Afghanistan, 01/15/10)"][/caption] To be Tracked or to be Wheeled: A False…