Polish Minesweepers Train for Action

07/23/2016
07/23/2016: Polish minesweepers practice looking for mines several times a year to maintain the skills of their crew. Interviews with Polish Navy personnel both on land and at sea. Footage includes shots of Polish Navy minesweeping vessels at work in the Baltic Sea, dredging for mines and dropping sonar equipment into…

An Overview on NATO in 2015: Trident Juncture

01/31/2016
01/31/2016: The 2015 annual NATO report provides an overview of  NATO activities in 2015. Credit Video: Natochannel:1/27/16 According to a piece written by Murielle Delaporte and published 10/20/15 about This exercise, the largest since 2002 Strong resolve, should not be read as a reaction to Russia’s recent behavior, since it has been…

Visiting VMU-2 at Cherry Point

06/07/2015
06/07/2015: On May 18, 2015, the Second Line of Defense team visited the Marine Corps UAV squadron at Cherry Point. This was a return visit. In the earlier interview conducted in the summer of 2014. The importance of shaping a more flexible UAS for USMC operations was highlighted, With regard…

Visiting MAG-31: An Update on the Warlords

06/07/2015
06/07/2015: On May 19, 2015, a week before visiting the USS WASP and meeting with the crew and pilots doing the operational trials aboard the ship, the Second Line of Defense team went to MCAS Beaufort to discuss the progress made with the Warlords after moving from Eglin. We had…

Visiting Djibouti: November 2014

03/31/2015
03/31/2015: In November 2014, Second Line of Defense Co-Founder, Murielle Delaporte, visited the French and American forces in Djibouti.  These photos highlight some aspects of that visit and we will shortly have an overview on Djibouti and on the role of French forces there informed by that visit. Djibouti is…

A400M Tests Paratroop Operations

07/03/2014
07/03/2014: The A400M was originally conceived of in a world where lifters were trucks to carry cargo and troops from point A to B.  This world has totally been transformed by operations in the past decade, during which the A400M was being developed and readied for its roll out into…

Visiting SP-MAGTF Crisis Response in Spain: Prior to the Sudan Mission

01/09/2014
01/09/2014: Second Line of Defense’s Murielle Delaporte visited the SP-MAGTF Crisis Response in Morón Air Base, Spain a few days prior to their mission to South Sudan to extract US embassy personnel.  The SP-MAGTF Crisis Response was formed over an 8-month period and first deployed to Europe for temporary basing…