Pacific Strategy XV: Basing the Honeycomb

10/28/2011
10/27/2011 - A key element of understanding a scalable presence strategy is basing.  Basing of the force in the Pacific is a function of several key capabilities: Sebasing; Partners and Allies Connected Capabilities; The F-35 and Re-crafting Land Basing Presence is rooted in basing; scalability is inherently doable because of…

Military Aircraft in the News

10/20/2011
10/20/2011 Eurofighter This week Eurofighter rolled out its 300th Eurofighter.  Cassidian delivered its 300th Eurofighter Typhoon to the Spanish Air Force. The Eurofighter Typhoons – developed and manufactured by Cassidian in Germany and Spain, BAE Systems in the UK and Alenia Aeronautica in Italy - are now in service across…

The F-35 Maintenance Approach

07/31/2011
The Impact of A New Upgrading and Sustainment Approach An Interview with Scott Ogden 08/01/2011 - A key element in understanding the Cultural Revolution associated with the 5th generation aircraft is the dramatic change in how maintenance and sustainment can be done fleet wide and in terms of global sustainment. …

The F-35A Lands at Eglin: What Does That Say About the Current State of Production?

07/27/2011
07/26/2011: To get a sense of what the AF-9 and AF-8 F-35s landing at Eglin this month represent in terms of the production process, Second Line of Defense interviewed Dr. Kinard, Deputy F-35 Fighter Production System.  Earlier we interviewed Kinard with regard to the approach to wing production on the…

Fifth Generation Aircraft and 3 Dimensional Warfare

07/19/2011
Or, How to Build the Honeycomb 07/19/2011 - The F-22 and F-35 have sophisticated sensors and self defense capabilities, which, in and of themselves, when combined with stealth enable these aircraft to become true game changers.  But in and of themselves is not where the real game changing capability comes…