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…

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…

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…