The Impact of the Osprey On Con-Ops: The Challenge of Disaggregated Operations

09/09/2012
2012-09-09 In a wide-ranging discussion with Lt. Col. Thomas “Ryder” Mitalski, Commanding Officer of VMM-263, we discussed the impact of the Osprey on the reshaping of USN-USMC operations.  And we discussed as well the challenges of such change in con-ops upon the fleet and operational approaches. Lt. Col. Mitalski is an…

The Evolution of the Osprey: “We are No Longer a Bar Act”

09/09/2012
2012-09-08 The Osprey has been deployed for five years in combat.  Starting in September 2007, the Osprey was deployed to Iraq and then later to Afghanistan.  It has several years of at sea experience as well. The operators – pilots and maintainers – have been part of the “testing” of the…

TAK-ING the Supply Ship to a Whole Other Level

04/02/2012
Second Line of Defense visited the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) while it was in port in Norfolk. The ship caught our eye while we were covering Bold Alligator 2012 because of the first operational engagement of an Osprey aboard a T-AKE ship.  We will publish shortly an interview…

The Impact of the Osprey on the Expeditionary Strike Group: “There is a Tsunami of Change Coming”

04/02/2012
Shortly after the Bold Alligator 2012 exercise, Second Line of Defense sat down with Lt. Col. Boniface to discuss his experiences during Bold Alligator 2012.  As the Osprey squadron commander involved in the exercise, he was in charge of the key toolset, the Osprey, which re-defined the ESG-MEB operationally. Two images…

The Right Force in the Right Place at the Right Time: Getting C2 Right

03/31/2012
Shaping Expeditionary Command and Control: From Javelin Thrust to Bold Alligator 2012 In an interview with Col. Kevin Iiams, currently the standardization officer for 2nd MAW, the Colonel discussed the evolving approach of the USMC to shaping expeditionary command and control capability.  He discussed his previous experience in Javelin Thrust-11…

Expanding the Toolset: Looking Forward From Bold Alligator 2012

03/26/2012
Second Line of Defense had a chance to discuss with Lt. Col. “Uber” Williams who served as Col. Shorter’s deputy from MAG-14 headquarters during Bold Alligator 2012. According to Williams, “While he’s back in Cherry Point running the rest of his MAG, I will be out aboard the Kearsarge basically…

The F-35B Tests Continue

10/24/2011
10/24/2011: These photos were taken on October 18, 2011 aboard the USS Wasp.  In an interview during the tests, Admiral Scott underscored that the V-22 plus the F-35B would expand the capabilities available to a ARG commander like himself.  “From an operational point of view, it will give me a…