The Impact of the Osprey On Con-Ops: The Challenge of Disaggregated Operations

09/09/2012
2012-09-09 In a wide-ranging discussion with Lt. Col. Thomas “Ryder” Mitalski, Commanding Officer of VMM-263, we discussed the impact of the Osprey on the reshaping of USN-USMC operations.  And we discussed as well the challenges of such change in con-ops upon the fleet and operational approaches. Lt. Col. Mitalski is an…

Brazil’s Military Role in Haiti

06/19/2012
6/19/12: by Kenneth Maxwell The "Folha de Sao Paulo" reported on Monday, June 11th, 2012, that Brazil has spent almost R$2 billion in Haiti between June 2004 and May 2012. What began as an emergency military operation to provide security for six months with a cost estimated at R$150 million, reached almost R$…

Weapons Training for Deployment

08/26/2011
08/26/2011: During the visit to CRW, the need for providing for security for the insertion force was highlighted.  In this posting, the weapon training for personnel was highlighted.  The presentation was made by Sgt. Barden who also discussed the Haiti operation.In a later posting, the basic approach to providing security…

Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC) : Shaping Global Con-Ops

05/11/2011
The Role of the Global Mobility Enterprise An Interview With Lieutenant-General Allardice SLD visited Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC) and several inputs from practitioners of the art of global mobility have provided interviews which will be posted over the next few weeks. 05/11/2011 - In preparation for Second Line of…

The Future of Power Projection: Déjà Vu—All Over Again

10/08/2010
By Hon. Ed Timperlake 10/08/2010 - As the United States Marines go through one of the cyclic challenges to their mission, it is interesting to look at the Navy/Marine team’s recent performance of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Navy/Marines forces in the Indian Ocean (IO) projected power from the sea…

Haiti: Redefining Port Security

02/24/2010
In the wake of disaster: How the Haiti earthquake is likely to redefine the notion of port security by Tim Martin, Deaken University This article is posted with the permission of Risk Intelligence, which published it in its latest Issue of Strategic Insights (January 2010). *** [caption id="attachment_4913" align="alignnone" width="280"…

Looming Gaps: The “Haiti” Rescue Effort in 2012

02/15/2010
Towards a rescue capability gap? [caption id="attachment_4785" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The The new cutter, the Waesche, comes through the Panama Canal in early February (credit: USMG; 02/2010)"][/caption] The military impact of equipment shortfalls and delayed modernization efforts is sometimes difficult to measure.  When a crisis like Haiti happens, the U.S. military…