The Eurocopter Approach

04/09/2011
Manufacturing for Sustainability: The Eurocopter Approach 04/09/2011- During the SLD visit to the Eurocopter manufacturing facility in February 2011, SLD sat down with Alain Rolland, Senior Vice President, Center of Excellence Dynamics.  Rolland has had wide-ranging experience within Eurocopter, including Super Puma program director, director for all Eurocopter commercial programs,…

Visiting the Dauphin Final Assembly Line

04/09/2011
Visiting the Dauphin Final Assembly Line: An Interview with Michel Guichard 04/09/2011 - During the SLD visit in February 2011 to the Eurocopter facilities in France, a tour was conducted of the new Dauphin Final Assembly Line (FAL).  The tour and interview was conducted with Michel Guichard, the Deputy Director…

Building a 21st Century Global Port: The Core Role of Security

04/01/2011
An Interview With Emmanuel Villers 04/01/2011  - TangerMed is the evolving port complex in Morocco which is providing a new global capability for global trade.  As The Economist put it in a 2008 article on the Mediterranean economies, Look southward from the southern tip of Spain, across the strait of…

Going the Extra Mile

04/01/2011
Providing for Maritime Safety and Security: Going the Extra Mile An Interview With Rémi Julien, President and CEO of SIGNALIS (By Murielle Delaporte) 04/01/2011 - At Euronaval in October 2010, Second Line of Defense’s Murielle Delaporte interviewed Rémi Julien when he was the CEO of Sofrelog, but the interview focused…

Developments in Pirate Trends and Tactics

04/01/2011
By Karsten Von Hoesslin, Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence Strategic Insights, No. 28 (November 2010) 04/01/2011 - Evidenced in other parts of the world, particularly in South East Asia, piracy that adapts to countermeasures and re-strategizes is always the most effective. Somali pirates have proven to be no different in terms of…

Hypersonics and Its Impact on the Future of Warfare (Part Three)

04/01/2011
An Interview With Professor Lewis 04/01/2011 - In January 2011, Second Line of Defense sat down with Professor Lewis to discuss the current status and dynamics of hypersonics.  Mark J. Lewis is chairman of Clark School’s Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and President of…

The AFRICOM Enigma

03/27/2011
By Ed Timperlake Nathan Hodge has just written an extremely important, well-documented and insightful book on peacekeeping and related adventures.  The book provides insight into the launch of AFRICOM, a key command in the current Libyan operation. His Chapter 10, “Peace Corps on Steroids” describes with great insight and excellent sources,…

Death of a Soviet Aviation Legend

03/22/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 03/22/2011 - The famed Russian aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov died earlier this month, at the age of 81, after a long illness. His Sukhoi fighter jets represented the best of the Soviet defense industry and continue to dominate Russia’s arms sales to foreign countries. [caption id="attachment_16879"…