Shaping a 21st Century USCG: The Key Role for Maritime Patrol Aircraft

04/19/2011
­­­By Dr. Robbin F. Laird 04/19/2011 - The Obama Administration has come to power at a global turning point.  The President has underscored the importance of working with allies and shaping a new global engagement for the United States. At the same time, he has emphasized the need to enhance…

China-Russia Relations and the United States: At a Turning Point?

04/13/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with Vladmir Putin on a visit to St. Petersburg. Alexey Druzhinin/AFP(Credit: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-11/24/content_11599087.htm) 04/12/2011 - Since the end of the Cold War, the improved political and economic relationship between Beijing and Moscow has affected a range of international security issues. China and…

Defense Department Prepares for CyberWar

04/12/2011
The Current State of Play By Dr. Richard Weitz (Credit: Bigstock) 04/12/2011 - Ensuring the security of the cyber domain has emerged as one of the most serious challenges to U.S. national and economic security. Of all U.S. government departments, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has evinced the greatest…

Eurocopter Star Flex Technology

04/09/2011
Eurocopter Star Flex Technology: Building Rotor Hubs for Light and Medium Lift Helicopters 04/09/2011 - During the SLD visit in February 2011 to Eurocopter, Xavier Philippot, Head of the Star Flex Process, provided a tour of the composite facility where the main rotor heads or hubs are built for the…

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…