USAF Bombers Deploy to Europe: Baltic Sea Exercise

03/24/2019
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses are conducting training flights in the vicinity of the Baltic Sea as a clear and visible demonstration of U.S. commitment to regional security. These missions have been closely coordinated with the governments of neighboring countries. The strategic bombers, part of the Bomber Task Force currently…

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…

Aussies Work Supply Chain Digitalization on the F-35

03/19/2019
According to a press release from BAE Systems Australia, the company is working with the Commonwealth of Australia to work supply chain innovations with regard to the F-35. Given Australia's role in regional support for the aircraft, this is an especially important effort. BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing…

The Australian Defence Force Adds a Capability to the Kill Web: The MC-55A EW Acquisition

03/19/2019
The ADF is focused on building a fifth generation defense force. Working the kill web is a key element of the con-ops which will define the force. New acquisitions are being looked at from that perspective, with the F-35 being the core  transformational building block. In a recent article by…

The UK Engages in the PREDA Effort: Software Upgradeability via Platform for Rapid Exploitation of Digital Applications

03/18/2019
Shaping ways to gain transient software advantage and rapid insertion of technological advances is key to a 21st century software-enabled combat force. In a recent article published by the UK MoD, the engagement of Britain in the PREDA effort was highlighted. Digital apps are set to redefine the battlefield as…

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…