Building a High Speed Helicopter

12/20/2010
An Interview with Jean-Michel Billig 12/21/2010 - In early October 2010, Second Line of Defense had a chance to talk with Eurocopter about its new high-speed test helicopter, X Cubed. Jean-Michel Billig is Executive Vice President of Eurocopter for Research and Development. The slide show  and the accompanying video below…

The Afghan Drug Challenge

12/19/2010
A Russian Perspective By Dr. Richard Weitz and Dmitri Titoff, October 21, 2010 12/21/2010 - Translation provided by Dr. Richard Weitz Afghan Uniform Police and Afghan counter-narcotics teams are standing guard at “gates,” or checkpoints, surrounding the city’s entrances by highways, to protect its citizens against the import of drugs,…

“It Takes Time”

12/19/2010
An Update on the Osprey From New River (VIII) [download PDF of full report] An Interview With Master Sgt. Jeremy Kirk 12/21/2010 - Master Sgt. Jeremy Kirk discussed his experience with maintaining the V-22. As an experience CH-46 maintainer he underscored that the Corps had decades of experience maintaining this…

The USCG 8th District Faces the Future: Meeting the Challenges of Security in the Gulf

05/06/2010
In early April 2010, SLD discussed the challenges facing the USCG 8th district in managing, safety and security in the Gulf region.  As the slide show accompanying this interview shows, the scope and size of the territory facing the men and woman of the USCG serving in the 8th district…

The F-35 Low Observability’s Lifelong Sustainability: A Revolutionary Asset for 21st Century Combat Aviation

03/22/2010
2010-05-22 Everyone knows that the F-35 is a stealth aircraft. This is one element of what makes it a fifth-generation aircraft.  But what is not widely known is that the stealth or low observable (LO) character of the aircraft is significantly different from other stealth aircraft like the F-22. The…

Towards Flexible Strategic Capability: The C5 Modernization Asset

01/12/2010
1/12/2010 An effective and flexible multi-mission capability is central to the strategic future of the United States. As the US engages in specific military or security campaigns, undoubtedly investments will have to be made on capabilities designed for specific operations. These specific or tailored solutions meet only a significantly limited…

The Case for New Programs in a Period of Defense Transition: The Naval UCAS Case

09/17/2009
9/17/09: The United States and its allies are in the midst of a significant financial downturn with serious consequences for defense acquisition. The “contingency operation” in Afghanistan and the “withdrawal” from Iraq both generate severe budgetary pressures and emphasize force acquisition priorities most appropriate to those operations. And the “withdrawal”…