Bold Alligator 2012 Forum

01/27/2012
We have ended the Air Power Forum ,which ran for 4 months with significant content and debate on many issues, including the F-35B, the use of airpower in Libya and the Air Force LAS competition. Ed Timperlake, the SLD Forum editor, has launched a new Forum subject, namely, what are…

Coalition Engagement in Bold Alligator 2012

01/26/2012
01/26/12 During the week of Second Line of Defense interviews prior to the beginning of the Bold Alligator 2012, Lieutenant Commander George Pastoor provided a unique coalition perspective.  Pastoor is a Dutch Naval Officer with Expeditionary Strike Force 2 and the lead planner for Bold Alligator. SLD: You are a…

The Air Force Association Asks: Where is the Beef?

01/26/2012
01/26/12 We want to recognize the importance of an Air Force Association letter sent  to the Hill outlining their concerns about funding challenges undercutting the ability to have a new power projection strategy.  An impressive range of Air Force influentials weighed in and signed this letter and this is a…

Tail Hook is More Than a Party

01/26/2012
01/26/12 by Ed Timperlake Since the term “Tailhook” entered the vernacular (as a rowdy out of control party because of a social engineering agenda that set that media template), American’s may have lost sight that a real tail hook is a deadly serious piece of equipment. It was said during…

The Afghan-Pak Logistics Challenge in 2012

01/25/2012
[caption id="attachment_12920" align="alignleft" width="150" caption=" "][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz 01/25/2011 - The success of U.S.-NATO operations in Afghanistan depends on logistics capabilities and security. It is crucial to have secure and effective lines of communication through which supplies can reach the foreign contingents assigned to the International Security and…

BF-6 and BF-8 Land at Eglin AFB: The F-35 Moves Forward

01/25/2012
01/17/12 During Second Line of Defense visits in mid-January 2012 to the participants in Bold Alligator, we were able to focus on the meaning of the arrival of the new USMC F-35Bs to Eglin AFB.  Col. Arthur TOMASSETTI, vice commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command,…

An Iran-Centric Crisis?

01/24/2012
By Dr. Harald Malmgren 01/23/2012 - Iran is threatening to close the Straits of Hormuz.  Newly tightening financial sanctions on Iran’s banks and its central bank are suffocating credit for Iran’s fuel imports and oil exports.  Inside Iran there are widespread frantic efforts by businesses and people in the streets…