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By Robbin Laird Last year, the Dambusters squadron flew from Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station to RAF Marham and began its operational life in the UK. I have had the chance over the past few years to visit both Beaufort MCAS and RAF Marham as well as RAF Lakenheath and seen both the preparation for and the standup of USMC and RAF/RN squadrons as well as the coming of the USAF F-35s as well. Already…

F-35 Flies with P-51 at Defenders of Liberty Air Show

06/12/2019A P-51 Mustang and an F-35A Lightning II fly in formation during the Twilight Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 17, 2019. The Twilight Show allowed… Read more »

F-35 Demo Team performs at the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show

06/06/2019The F-35 Demo Team performed during the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 18, 2019.  The 13-minute performance featured 14… Read more »

Astral Knight 2019

06/05/2019The U.S. Air Force will lead exercise Astral Knight 19, scheduled to take place in the beginning on June, primarily taking place at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and… Read more »

F-35 Demo Team at Defenders of Liberty Air And Space Show, May 2019

06/04/2019Captain Andrew “Dojo” Olsen, an F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs aerial maneuvers in an F-35A Lightning II before the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show.… Read more »

Strategy, Concepts of Operations and Technology: The Challenge and Opportunity of Shaping a Distributed C2 Enabled Force

05/20/2019By Robbin Laird I would argue that the US and its allies are not so much facing a great power competition. I would refer to it as a… Read more »

Competitive Cross-Learning: The 21st Century Authoritarian Powers and the Liberal Democracies

05/12/2019By Robbin Laird The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy underscored the return of great power competition. By so doing, they did focus much more on the world as… Read more »

The F-35 and the Warlords: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

05/10/2019We recently visited the Warlords at Beaufort MCAS. We had a chance to meet with the CO of the squadron and to watch flight demos at this year’s… Read more »

The 0-5 Military: Reshaping Concepts of Operations for Full Spectrum Crisis Management

05/09/2019By Robbin Laird Although interesting to speculate about technology and the future of warfare, the core point is the future is now.  The US and its allies have… Read more »

Software Upgradeability and the F-35 Global Enterprise: The Australian Case

05/08/2019In article published by Australian Defence and Business Review on their January-February 2019 issue, Andrew McLaughlin provided a look at how to think about the F-35 and its… Read more »