On the Scene with the French in Bold Alligator 2012

02/12/2012
By Murielle Delaporte 02/12/2012- Onboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship BPC Mistral  (BPC stands for "Bâtiment de projection et de commandement") - which starts its tenth month of continued deployment -, the French Navy and Army prepare to play a major role in Bold Alligator 2012.  The USN-USMC team and…

Bold Alligator 2012: Photos in the Field

02/11/2012
02/11/2012: During BA-2012, SLD was embedded with the French.  This slideshow provides some initial looks at the French and BA-2012 as well as some shots of USN and USMC ops seen from the French engagement area. [slidepress gallery='bold-alligator-2012'] Credit Photos: SLD 2012 In the first photo, the first wave of French…

Planning for Bold Alligator 2012

01/19/2012
01/19/2011 by Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The Second Line of Defense team spent the week of January 8th talking with USN and USMC planners and operators involved in Bold Alligator 2012.  Visits to USMC Forces Command and to 2nd US Fleet Forces in Norfolk were combined with a visit…

2012: Swans Take Flight

01/15/2012
01/08/2012 by Robbin Laird As the country prepares for the Presidential and Congressional elections, the world will move on oblivious to the logic of the debate inside the Beltway and the country.  The national debt has become a more important focus than national security.  In fact, for many the two have…

Bold Alligator 2012: The USN-USMC Team Shapes the Future (Updated)

01/13/2012
01/13/2012 by Robbin Laird The USN-USMC team is building forces for the future : as the largest amphibious exercise since the 1990s will take place starting this month in Norfolk, Va, it will include not only US forces but French, Dutch and British forces as well. The USN-USMC team is…

Augmenting the Seabase: 21st Century Efficiencies

12/09/2011
12/09/2011 by Ed Timperlake and Robbin Laird Enhanced Efficiencies in Use of Ship Deck Space: The USN-USMC Team Shows the Way As assets are diminished for U.S. defense forces, it is important to enhance the combat value of the assets which remain. Important  modernization and upgrades are the essential points. …

Pacific Strategy XIV: Battle of the Bulge-in a Pacific Campaign

10/27/2011
10/27/2011 - by Ed Timperlake Ever since the evacuation of the Chinese Nationalist Forces to Taiwan after their defeat on the mainland by Mao’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has quested for a complete victory by establishing sovereignty over that island fortress. (Credit Image: Bigstock)…

Shaping a Pacific Strategy IV

10/11/2011
10/11/2011 - The approach we are building is from the ground up – quite literally.  The US to protect its economic interests and sovereignty needs to deploy forward throughout the Pacific. We started with the USCG and its everyday forward deployments in the North and South Pacific.  And our interview…