The National Security Cutter Opportunity

08/02/2011
08/02/2011 - Recently, Second Line of Defense sat down with Admiral Currier, the Deputy Commandant  (Mission Support) of the USCG, to discuss the importance of the new National Security Cutter in executing the national maritime strategy.  The NSC provides a focal point for deployed defense and security capabilities afloat and…

Assessing the 5th Generation Competition: Losing A Decade

08/02/2011
(Credit: http://air-attack.com/news/article/2469/04-24-2007-Picture-Russian-Sukhoi-T-50-fighter-images-emerge.html) 08/02/2011 - The introduction of non-US stealth aircraft into the global competition is a significant development.  The Chinese and Russians have introduced developmental prototypes that signify both capabilities and intentions to enter the stealth aircraft game.  The former Secretary of Defense indicated that this competition was years away;…

The F-35 Maintenance Approach

07/31/2011
The Impact of A New Upgrading and Sustainment Approach An Interview with Scott Ogden 08/01/2011 - A key element in understanding the Cultural Revolution associated with the 5th generation aircraft is the dramatic change in how maintenance and sustainment can be done fleet wide and in terms of global sustainment. …

Emerging Alliances for the 21st Century, Part VII

07/31/2011
07/31/2011 Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines and Criminalized States By Douglas Farah Conclusions 07/  /2011 - The trend toward the merging of terrorist and criminal groups to mutually exploit new markets is unlikely to diminish. Both will continue to need the same facilitators, and both can leverage the relationship with the other to…

F-35 and Cost Effective Performance

07/31/2011
The Missing Element from the “Sustainment” Debate By Dr. Robbin Laird 08/01/2011 - In the wake of the headlines about the trillion-dollar airplane, F-35 sustainment costs have been tossed into the political fray.  According to a single line in an unreleased SAR report, the F-35 fleet is projected to cost…

USN Mines and Mining in the AirSea Battle Concept

07/30/2011
What Weapons that Wait? By Dr. Scott C. Truver 07/30/2011 - “I have always deemed it unworthy of a chivalrous nation,” Adm. David G. Farragut wrote in 1864, after he “damned the torpedoes” at Mobile Bay. “But, it does not do to give your enemy such a decided superiority over…

Emerging Alliances, Part VI

07/26/2011
Criminalized States and Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines By Douglas Farah The FARC, Venezuela and Iran 07/26/2011 - While the transnational trafficking and financial operations of the Sinaloa cartel are important, the FARC alliances and actions offer an important look at the use of non-state criminal/terrorist armed groups by a criminalized state. The…

The Need for a Reinvigorated “Revolt of the Admirals”

07/25/2011
The Future Naval Service Posture and the Need for a Reinvigorated Revolt of the Admirals By Vince Martinez Here we go again… 07/25/2011 - It seems we are in familiar territory again—collectively diving head first into a looming post-war era of demobilization, retrofit and reset.  Coupled with a decreasing defense…