The Venezuelan Crisis: The Humanitarian Engagement

05/10/2019
By Ed Timperlake As the Guaidó forces on the streets of Venezuela were losing the tactical battle, a strategic defeat was rapidly approaching, that is until the president made an historic phone call to President Putin.  That call accomplished a most important objective: President Trump personally built new strategic maneuvering space,…

Shaping Direct European Defense Capabilities: Exercise Formidable Shield 2019

05/10/2019
The return of the Russians to a position of directly threatening Europe is not a return to the Cold War. Not only is Russia, not the Soviet Union with the Warsaw Pact, but the threat being posed is considerably different. Analysts have focused on the hybrid threat whereby Russia uses…

The 0-5 Military: Reshaping Concepts of Operations for Full Spectrum Crisis Management

05/09/2019
By Robbin Laird Although interesting to speculate about technology and the future of warfare, the core point is the future is now.  The US and its allies have to be ready in the near to mid term to deal with 21stcentury adversaries who will use a variety of crisis management…

Software Upgradeability and the F-35 Global Enterprise: The Australian Case

05/08/2019
In article published by Australian Defence and Business Review on their January-February 2019 issue, Andrew McLaughlin provided a look at how to think about the F-35 and its modernization process. The original title: "Building Data: Inside the RAAF's F-35 Mission Data Programming Capability" So, the first F-35s are here, the…

Standup of New QRA Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth

05/07/2019
During a visit to RAF Lossiemouth in June 2016, Second Line of Defense visits the Quick Reaction Alert team based there. We focused on the question of the nature of the pyramid necessary to launch QRA ready aircraft. https://sldinfo.com/royal-air-force-operations-and-evolving-concepts-of-operations-shaping-a-triple-transition/ When I visited RAF Lossiemouth in June 2016, I had a…

Fighting Hyper Sonic Cruise Missiles at the Speed of Light: The Role of 21st Century Dambusters

05/07/2019
By Ed Timperlake Operation Chastise was the brilliant merging of weapon research and engineering with the undaunted courage of Royal Air Force Number 617 Squadron, forevermore known as the Dambusters. In order to attack the industrial might of Germany the RAF and a brilliant scientist worked together to develop a…

French-Australian Cultural Challenges and the Submarine Program

05/02/2019
In an article by Andrew Greene, defense correspondent for Australia's ABC news, the author leveraged Pierre Tran's article published on Second Line of Defense to discuss the French-Australian working relationship around which a new submarine is to be designed, built and launched. The story was published on April 26, 2019,…