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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…

Exercise Point Blank 2018-3: Working 21st Century Air Combat Teaming

12/05/2018Recently, the RAF hosted the latest iteration of the Point Blank exercises. The French joined the exercise held in the UK for the first time this year. 26… Read more »

An Update on the RAAF F-35: November 2018

11/28/2018We have written a good deal about the coming of the F-35 to the Royal Australian Air Force. Most recently, we visited Williamtown earlier this year and discussed… Read more »

USMC F-35’s Refueled on Way to Afghan Mission

11/28/2018Two U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II’s assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct an aerial refuel with a U.S Air Force… Read more »

The F-35 and Data Fusion: A Perspective from the International Fighter Conference 2018

11/26/2018By Robbin Laird At the International Fighter Conference 2018, one of the key themes was the standup of the F-35 in several air combat forces, and the impact… Read more »

Crafting a Fifth Generation Combat Force: The Perspective of Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown

11/24/2018By Robbin Laird At the International Fighter Conference 2018, Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown provided an overview of how the RAAF has shaped a way ahead along with… Read more »

Denmark, F-35, and Shaping the Way Ahead

11/21/2018By Dr. Gary Schaub, Jr. Acquiring new combat aircraft is a big deal. The combat aircraft fleets of most Western countries are nearing the end of their useful… Read more »

Industry 4.0: The Case of the F-35

11/19/2018By Robbin Laird Because the F-35 has been built from the outset on a digital thread production approach and foundation, the program can incorporate, and contribute to a… Read more »

Rethinking Networks from a 5th Gen Perspective

11/15/2018By Ian McDonald AM, MSc, DipEng & AVM John Blackburn (Retd) AO, MA, MDefStud The phrase “5th Generation” (Gen) is often dismissed as just another fad, whilst totally… Read more »

The F-35 Digital Thread Production Process: Donald Kinard Provides an Overview

11/07/2018Don Kinard, Senior Fellow for F-35 Production, provided an overview on the history and the evolution of the F-35 production process. It is a process built around digital… Read more »