Shaping a Pacific Strategy: Honeycombing the Pacific

09/27/2011
09/27/2011 As the United States eventually gets around to looking at the world, a new strategy as well as a new approach to using the tools available to the national command authority will be necessary.  Currently, the US is in strategic free fall.  The Iraq engagement is ending, the Afghan…

The Strategic Whiteboard

09/15/2011
9/15/2011 by Robbin Laird The Second Line of Defense team is starting a series, which we will call the strategic whiteboard.  By leveraging the new systems being designed and built today, and building upon the capabilities of these new systems, America can have a better defense at less cost.  This…

Trouble Busters: The Agile Response Group in Action

09/06/2011
09/06/2011 By Maj. General Tim Hanifen, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris and Robert Holzer Global demand for amphibious forces outstrips resources. When a crisis erupts the first question U.S. leaders often ask is, “Where are the aircraft carriers?” This historical axiom, however, has expanded over time and now regional commanders also…

Getting it Right for the Battle-Hardened I-Pad Generaton

09/06/2011
09/06/2011 by Ed Timperlake On Monday November 8, 2010 the Southern Chester Weekly (Pa.) published an obituary for a fallen Marine. “William McCurdy DeMarino, 20, died suddenly on October 24, 2010, in an automobile accident where he was stationed in North Carolina. He was serving as a Lance Corporal in…

Sacrificing Sovereignty at Sea

08/02/2011
By James Jay Carafano 08/02/2011 - America’s Navy and Coast Guard have always partnered to protect the nation’s sovereignty. The navy projects power. The Coast Guard policies the seas. The Coast Guard has served the nation well because the nation always gave it the right ships to do the job.…

The Need for a Reinvigorated “Revolt of the Admirals”

07/25/2011
The Future Naval Service Posture and the Need for a Reinvigorated Revolt of the Admirals By Vince Martinez Here we go again… 07/25/2011 - It seems we are in familiar territory again—collectively diving head first into a looming post-war era of demobilization, retrofit and reset.  Coupled with a decreasing defense…

Fifth Generation Aircraft and 3 Dimensional Warfare

07/19/2011
Or, How to Build the Honeycomb 07/19/2011 - The F-22 and F-35 have sophisticated sensors and self defense capabilities, which, in and of themselves, when combined with stealth enable these aircraft to become true game changers.  But in and of themselves is not where the real game changing capability comes…

Leveraging the Advantages of the USN-USMC Team

04/27/2011
04/27/2011 - In late March 2011, Second Line of Defense visited San Diego to discuss the evolution of the USN-USMC team as seen by key members of the staff of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.  At a time when the nation is remembering the 100 years of Naval Aviation,…