O.K I am a P-8 Operator: But How do I Train to Work in a Kill Web?

06/29/2020
By Robbin Laird Kill webs rely on networks, wave forms, connectivity, distributed C2 and platforms which can leverage all of the former. Platforms are the time-space entities which enable the force; integrability allows a distributed force to deliver the desired combat effect. At Jax Navy, the P-8 operators are trained…

The Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance and Man Machine Teaming

06/28/2020
By Robbin Laird With the coming of the P-8/Triton dyad the U.S. Navy is paving a way ahead for collaborative concepts of operations between manned and remotely piloted aircraft operating in the Pacific. But also, the US Navy’s MPR community is working man-machine teaming with regard to its P-8 as…

Enhancing Expeditionary Logistics with Emerging Technology: The Impact of Unmanned Surface Vessels

06/28/2020
By George Galorisi Over 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu noted, "The line between disorder and order lies in logistics." While logistics may not stir a great deal of passion among Navy and Marine Corps warfighters, one doesn’t need to be a historian to understand the importance of logistics to warfare…

The UK and France: Working together in the Mali Operation

06/26/2020
Murielle Delaporte in a draft chapter in our forthcoming book entitled The Return of Direct Defense to Europe: Meeting the 21st Century Authoritarian Challenge, underscored how the UK and France would continue to work together even in the post-Brexit era. She wrote: Britain’s decision to leave the European Union could be…

Next Steps in Ch-53Ks Key Role in Support for Mobile Basing

06/26/2020
By Robbin Laird In our recent series on mobile basing, we highlighted the evolution of USMC capabilities which can enable ways ahead with regard to mobile basing. We have argued that for the USAF and the US Navy, the capability of the USMC to provide chess pieces on the kill…

The Royal Australian Navy Re-Launches its Combat Training Exercises

06/24/2020
By Lieutenant Ryan Zerbe Seven warships sailed in the past week from Navy bases on both sides of the country to undertake a range of training activities to test newly upgraded systems and exercise as part of a maritime task group. HMA Ships Canberra, Hobart and Stuart departed Fleet Base East in Sydney, while HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta,…

The Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force Typhoon Squadron

06/21/2020
On June 19, 2020, the UK Ministry of Defence highlighted the next step in their cooperation with Qatar. The Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Typhoon Squadron, known as No.12 Squadron, have marked an important milestone as they commenced flying as a Joint Squadron Based at RAF…