The F-35 in History: A Day for Col. Tomassetti to Remember

07/20/2011
07/20/2011 - The second of many F-35s (they are several on the line in Fort Worth getting ready to go with 10, 11, 12, 13 likely to be delivered this month) arrived today at Eglin AFB. Maj. Joseph T. “OD” Bachmann (Marine Corps) piloted the aircraft, known as AF-8, to…

Overcoming the Problem of Institutional Inertia

07/19/2011
Statements from Lt. General (Retired) Deptula 07/19/2011 - In reviewing the Second Line of Defense interview with a retired USAF officer on the challenges and opportunities of leveraging the data on the 5th generation aircraft, Deptula highlighted several core points. https://sldinfo.com/?p=21086 First, "The F-22 is not just an F-22—it’s an F-,…

Managing Non-Linear Battlespace

07/19/2011
By Michael W. Wynne 07/19/2011 - The interview on 5th Gen and 3 Dimensional Warfare highlights a key challenge and key opportunity.  (https://sldinfo.com/?p=21086) The approach could be extended to include the next gen Remotely Piloted Vehicles wherein they as well need Honeycomb like communications to get any Intel Take exported. …

Fifth Generation Aircraft and 3 Dimensional Warfare

07/19/2011
Or, How to Build the Honeycomb 07/19/2011 - The F-22 and F-35 have sophisticated sensors and self defense capabilities, which, in and of themselves, when combined with stealth enable these aircraft to become true game changers.  But in and of themselves is not where the real game changing capability comes…

Shaping the F-35 Maintenance Approach

07/18/2011
The View from Pax River 07/18/2011 - In mid-June, the Second Line of Defense team visited Pax River and received overviews on various aspects of the test program.  One of those aspects was shaping the maintenance approach. [caption id="attachment_21442" align="alignleft" width="191" caption="Craig Paramore (Credit: SLD)"][/caption] During our visit to Pax…

Preventing the Next Private Sector Cyber Security Breach

07/18/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 07/18/2011 - In rolling out its new cyber defense strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn revealed that a foreign intelligence agency stole 24,000 files from a major U.S. defense contractor this March. Lynn added that this incident was just the latest example of how, during the…