European Airpower At a Turning Point

06/03/2011
06/02/2011 By Robbin Laird When the UK government issued its amazingly “un-strategic” strategic defense review, the main casualties were air and naval power.  In probably the most rapid invalidation of a government strategy on record, the Libyan events underscored that everything the Cameron government wished to get rid of, it…

Russian Views on European Missile Defense

06/03/2011
06/03/2011 By Richard Weitz Many of our discussions in Russia last week focused on missile defense issues in preparation for the June 9 meeting of the NATO-Russian Council (NRC) at the level of defense ministers. NATO-Russian differences over ballistic missile defense (BMD) have persisted even after both parties, at the…

The Indian Decision in the Fighter Competition

06/02/2011
A Conversation with Pravin Sawhney [caption id="attachment_19419" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="(Credit: SLD)"][/caption] 06/02/2011 - In Mid-May, Second Line of Defense sat down with Pravin Sawhney, editor of Force Magazine, the highly regard Indian monthly on national security and defense.  Sawheny provided his interpretation of the decision to downselect European aircraft and…

A New Approach to Airlift and Tanking

06/01/2011
06/01/2011: The Shifting Strategic Environment: A New Approach to Airlift and Tanking The United States has inherited and chosen to pursue the specialized aircraft route to airlift and tanking; Airbus Military has chosen a multi-mission path to providing for airlift and tanking capabilities for its customers. When the DOD chose the…

The Impact of Digital Systems

05/31/2011
Miguel Angel Morrell on Impact of Digital Systems [caption id="attachment_19409" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="(Credit: SLD)"][/caption] 05/31/2011 - As readers of Second Line of Defense know, one of our interests is the role of the new digital systems on new aircraft, which are facilitating a maintenance revolution.  Later this year we plan…

Tour of Russia’s Missile Defense Facilities

05/27/2011
05/27/2011 By Richard Weitz The second day of the Russia site visit began with a tour of the DON-2N multifunctional radar station at Sofrino, about 90 minutes outside Moscow. The facility is one of Russia’s most important aerospace facilities. It is a major component of Moscow’s missile defense system, which…