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"…

New U.S. National Security Space Strategy

03/22/2011
New U.S. National Security Space Strategy Proposes New Partnerships By Dr. Richard Weitz 03/22/2011 - The new approach expounded in the National Security Space Strategy released by the Obama administration in early February could, if implemented, affect a number of SLD readers, including the military logistics community, industrial players, and…

An Update on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

03/10/2011
Photo Credit: SM3 Missile Launch,  http://news.cnet.com 03/10/2011 - The Obama Administration has placed significant emphasis on continuing the upgrade path for the Aegis BMD program.  By cancelling the Bush missile defense program in Europe, de facto, the Administration highlighted its commitment to Aegis as a key element for global missile…

The Flexibility of the ARG

03/10/2011
A Day in the Life of the PELEULIU ARG and 15th MEU Colonel Roy "Ozzie" Osborn, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, concentrates as he performs a difficult hover drop of relief supplies during humanitarian relief efforts in the southern province of Sindh, Pakistan Credit: 15th Marine Expeditionary…

The ARG At The Vortex of Change

03/06/2011
How Amphibious Forces Create Strategic Options By Vince Martinez 03/06/2011 - The world is changing.  For many who have studied the subject over the last decade, the Arc of Instability is coming to fruition.  Old powers are beginning to falter under the pressures of collapsing economies, the lack of resources,…