Phase Five: The B-17 Celebration

07/03/2013
07/03/2013: The next phase was the service in the local church accompanied by the presentation of the colors from several French veteran units.  There was then a ceremony at the war monuments outside the church to those who fought in World War I and World War II. Next there was…

French Weapons Familiarization for USMC

06/03/2013
06/03/2013: On May 22, 2013, a detachment from 5th Marine Regiment conducts weapons familiarization with weapons systems from the French 21st Marine Infantry Regiment (21E RIMA), 6th Light Armored Brigade (6E BLB) at Camp Le Cocq, Ferrous, France.  The Marines were participating in a bilateral training with 21E RIMA 6E…

Paratroopers Jump in Normandy

06/17/2012
06/17/2012: Paratroopers from five different nations performed airborne operations commemorating the 68th year anniversary of D-Day. The Paratroopers were from the US, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France and with a bit of historical hyperbole thrown in from Germany as well. Credit:U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command…

Will Russia Import and Export More Arms to NATO?

04/17/2012
By Richard Weitz For the last few years, the Russian government has made the unprecedented decision to purchase expensive Western military equipment. This has been done partly to fill gaps in Russian military capabilities and partly to use the threat of foreign competition to induce its military industrial complex to…

The French in Bold Alligator

03/03/2012
In an interview with Brigadier General Owens, the 2nd MEB commander noted that the French forces on the ground operated more than 80 miles dealing with the “enemy” to the South West of the insertion point.  This meant that the French were operating nearly 4000 miles from their home port. …

The Libyan Operation: Rethinking the Space Contribution in Rapid Response Operations

10/15/2011
10/15/2011 - By Dr. Robbin Laird and Dr. Alain Dupas The Libyan military operation in Libya is not yet over. It is too early for scholarly and learned lessons. But it is not too early to look at the tactical experiences and how those experiences presage changes to come. We…

FRUKUS 2011

07/22/2011
07/22/2011: FRUKUS 2011 is an invitational exercise designed to enhance communication and interoperability between the navies of France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. [slidepress gallery='sailors-participate-in-frukus-2011'] Credit: USN Visual Service: 06/27/2011 In the first photo, MS Dauntless separates from a tug during its departure from Naval Station Norfolk,…