The Rafael in The Afghan Operations: Reconnaissance Pods Used Effectively

10/11/2011
10/11/2011 During the French operations in Afghanistan, the reconnaissance pods on the Rafael provided to be a key asset.  The tactical aircraft provided dynamic targeting data and were able to work with the sea-bases to work an intervention and strike picture to guide the entire French air operation.  This was…

The Role of the Osprey in Operation Odyssey Dawn

09/22/2011
09/22/2011 - During our annual visit to New River to get caught up on Osprey developments, Second Line of Defense sat down with Lt. Col. Boniface who was the XO for the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) for the 26th MEU. We have published recently an interview with Col. Desens, the…

The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Libya: Shrinking “The Average Commute”

09/13/2011
An Interview With Colonel Mark Desens, Commander of the 26th MEU 09/05/2011 - In July 2011, Second Line of Defense sat down with Colonel Mark Desens to discuss the recent deployment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Earlier we had discussed, with Col. “Ozzie” Osborn, the 15th MEU, the evolution…

The Libyan Threat

08/27/2011
08/27/2011 By Richard Weitz Although the insurgents look to have secured control of Tripoli, Muammar el-Qaddafi’s threat to the international community has not ended. Dangers still persist from the dictator’s dabbling in weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the…

Another Perspective on Libya: Off of the Shores of Tripoli

08/27/2011
[caption id="attachment_23125" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Italian Carrier Guiseppe Garibaldi Credit: Italian Navy"][/caption] 08/27/2011 The Libyan operation has highlighted the use of maritime bases for conducting air operations.  In a recent interview with Col. Mark Desens, the Commanding officer of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit involved in the initial Libyan operations, the…

Libyan Operations: An Update from New River

08/23/2011
08/23/2011 During a recent visit to USMC Air Station New River, an update on both the Osprey and Libyan operations was provided by Marines involved in those operations. We recently interviewed Col. Mark Dessins, the 26th MEU Commander, the UNS-USMC team involved off of Libya.  At New River a senior…

AV-8B Harriers Land on USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

08/13/2011
08/13/2011: AV-8B Harriers with Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, land on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage (LHD 3). Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage is seen when it was supporting operation Odyssey Dawn.Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command…