Another Perspective on Libya: Off of the Shores of Tripoli

08/27/2011
[caption id="attachment_23125" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Italian Carrier Guiseppe Garibaldi Credit: Italian Navy"][/caption] 08/27/2011 The Libyan operation has highlighted the use of maritime bases for conducting air operations.  In a recent interview with Col. Mark Desens, the Commanding officer of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit involved in the initial Libyan operations, the…

Russian Air Power on Display: The Return of the MiG

08/27/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 08/27/2011 - Until a few years ago, the Russian military aviation sector, like many other Russian defense firms, simply struggled to keep Soviet-era weapons platforms operational through upgrades of their computers or ordinance. The Russian military-industrial complex rarely produced any new sophisticated weapons systems. When it…

The Harrier and Expeditionary Basing

08/25/2011
08/25/2011 During a recent exercise of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, the USMC honed their skills at landing Harriers on AM-2 matting, loading the aircraft with the pilot in the cockpit and ready to go after loading the aircraft with both weapons and fuel.  After getting “a bag of fuel”…

A USMC F-18 Pilot Discusses the Transition to the F-35

08/24/2011
08/24/2011 Earlier, we have argued that the F-35 involves disruptive technology and significant cultural change. https://sldinfo.com/embrace-the-air-power-revolution/ https://sldinfo.com/fifth-generation-aircraft-and-disruptive-change/ In this video, Captain Wittel of the Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC discusses the shift to the F-35 and its various implications. Captain…

The Closing of the Avondale Shipyard: More than just a bottom-line decision…

08/23/2011
By Vince Martinez 08/23/2011 - As the shipbuilding industry prepares for an uncertain future, the looming closure of the Avondale Shipyard near New Orleans expected sometime in 2013 is a clear reminder of the impacts of the downturned economy and a future of fiscal uncertainty. Such corporate decisions are the…

Russian Air Power on Display: A Comprehensive Buildup

08/23/2011
By Richard Weitz 08/23/2011 Despite the heavy involvement of India in the T-50 project, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is now the main buyer of Russian-made aircraft. After its surprising ineffectiveness in the 2008 Georgia War, the Ministry plans to revitalize the Russian Air Force by raising the level…