An Update on the Evolution of the Tanker Boom

06/13/2011
Miguel-Angel Morrell Fuentes, Senior Vice President Engineering, provided an update of the evolution of the Airbus Military tanker technology during the Airbus Trade Media event in mid-May. 06/13/2011 - Although the company is working on elements for a next generation boom, the focus of the briefing was upon changes in…

Evolving Air Power Paradigms

06/13/2011
The Emergence of the Three Dimensional Warriors By Robbin Laird 06/16/2011 - As we look forward to the next decade of air power, the question of how best to understand the way forward is rooted in an understanding that past is not prologue.  The leveraging of new technologies in preparing…

NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Dilemmas

06/12/2011
By Richard Weitz 06/12/2011 - The role of nuclear weapons in NATO’s defense and deterrence policies is clearly declining. The alliance’s Strategic Concept adopted last November clearly states that NATO will retain nuclear weapons as long as they exist, and that NATO wants its nuclear deterrent to be credible and…

Shaping a Services Approach

06/11/2011
06/11/2011 - At last year’s Airbus Military Trade media event, Richard Thompson, head of Airbus Military Services, provided an overview to the evolving services approach: In terms of concepts that we are developing, we’re moving from what has been for the last year’s traditional product support, all the usual things…

The Dynamics of Change in the Middle East

06/10/2011
An Interview with Gilles Kepel (Credit: http://gilleskepel.weebly.com/) 06/09/2011 - Second Line of Defense’ Robbin Laird sat down with Gilles Kepel in Paris and had a wide-ranging discussion on trends in the Middle East.  At the heart of the discussion was a clear argument that any simplistic assumption that there is…

The Role of the Barrel at the TACC

06/08/2011
The Adjudication Piece An Interview with Major Corinne Bonner [caption id="attachment_18870" align="alignleft" width="204" caption="Major Bonner During the SLD Interview (Credit: SLD)"][/caption] 06/09/2011 - During the roundtable at the Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC) , the discussion closed with the challenge of adjudication (i.e. matching resources to demand and bringing plan and…

The Discipline in the System Piece of the TACC

06/08/2011
An Interview with Col. Mintzlaff [caption id="attachment_18520" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Col. Mintzlaff During the Interview, April 2011 (Credit: SLD)"][/caption] 06/08/2011 - During the roundtable at Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC)  the challenge of maintaining discipline in the system was a key focus for discussion. The airlift system and the multi-modal approach reinforce…