Building the LPD-17

04/27/2011
04/27/2011 - In late March 2011, prior to the christening of the LPD-24 at the Ingalls Shipyards in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Second Line of Defense interviewed the LPD 17 program manager, Doug Lounsberry.  Lounsberry provided an overview to the challenges of building this class of ship and the advantages, which the…

The ARG At The Vortex of Change

03/06/2011
How Amphibious Forces Create Strategic Options By Vince Martinez 03/06/2011 - The world is changing.  For many who have studied the subject over the last decade, the Arc of Instability is coming to fruition.  Old powers are beginning to falter under the pressures of collapsing economies, the lack of resources,…

USS Freedom Action

08/24/2010
August 24th, 2010 / The littoral combat ship (LCS) is designed to operate as an extension of the fleet, USN, USCG and allied.  This is portrayed well by its current operations in RIMPAC. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multi-national interoperability. [slidepress gallery='uss-freedom-action']…

The European Missile Defense Decision: impact on Con Ops and industrial ripple effect

09/21/2009
In late September, the President announced the termination of the plans to place missile interceptors in Central Europe. In so doing, Secretary Gates and President Obama indicated that they were replacing the old plan with a new one (for an interesting comment on this decision see Colin Clark on DOD…

The Case for New Programs in a Period of Defense Transition: The Naval UCAS Case

09/17/2009
9/17/09: The United States and its allies are in the midst of a significant financial downturn with serious consequences for defense acquisition. The “contingency operation” in Afghanistan and the “withdrawal” from Iraq both generate severe budgetary pressures and emphasize force acquisition priorities most appropriate to those operations. And the “withdrawal”…

Rethinking Maritime Littoral Operations: The Emergence of the “Enduring Littoral Presence Mission”

09/07/2009
[caption id="attachment_1185" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="LCS"][/caption] Littoral operations for US and allied navies have largely focused on warfighting as the defining element. For a "blue water" fleet like the US Navy, the littorals are the areas passed through in shaping the battle on the air and land in confronting adversaries. The…

The USN at a Turning Point: Shaping New Global Opportunities

09/07/2009
The U.S. Navy can position itself as a key element for the Obama Administration as it seeks new opportunities for global cooperation. The Administration has underscored their desire "to build partnership capacity" and to "enhance enduring relationships" among core allies. The USN has a unique global presence and works every…

Connectivity and Crafting a National Fleet: Enhancing Synergy Between the USCG and the USN

09/04/2009
The United States Coast Guard and Navy are pursuing the creation of a national fleet to craft a common approach and develop interoperable capabilities to provide for maritime security. If this were to become a reality, what would be required and what would be entailed to make it work? The…