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By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake When you visit 2nd Fleet and JFC Norfolk, you are acutely aware of the key role they play in working together to build out 21st century North Atlantic defense. Vice Admiral Lewis is the head of both commands, and the two commands work closely together in shaping the kind of integrated distributed force crucial to 21st century warfighting and deterrence. JFC Norfolk was created at the 2018 Brussels Summit…

The Marines Work F-35B in Expeditionary Warfare Training

04/11/2021Multiple F-35B Lightning II’s with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct vertical landings at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma,… Read more »

Danish Air Force Receives First F-35: A Key Building Block for Defense Transformation

04/11/2021On April 7, Denmark’s first F-35A, L-001, was delivered to the Royal Danish Air Force. The Kingdom of Denmark commemorated the milestone with members of the Ministry of… Read more »

Allied Joint Forces Command Norfolk: The Uber Command

04/09/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake As NATO continues to work its capabilities as an alliance going forward, the common operating procedure protocols, and communication systems provide a… Read more »

Re-shaping North Atlantic Defense: JFC Norfolk as a Startup Command

04/07/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake There has been public discussion of the state and fate of NATO over the past few years. One European leader energized the… Read more »

The Way Ahead for the CMV-22B: The Integratable Air Wing and the USS Carl Vinson

04/06/2021By Robbin Laird The CMV-22B is an essential part of the evolving air wing on the large deck carriers. The process of shaping this new capability is part… Read more »

The Alliance Aspect of Shaping the New Second Fleet: The Role of CJOS COE

04/04/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake When 2nd Fleet was stood up in 2018, it was not the case of it being re-established. It was an older name… Read more »

Enhancing Coalition Combat Capability: The Role of Joint Force Command, Norfolk

03/31/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The standup of both Second Fleet in 2018 and Joint Force Command, Norfolk in 2019 have had very similar goals: how to… Read more »

F-35 National Training Takes Off in Australia

03/30/2021By Flying Officer Bronwyn Marchant Four Air Force pilots on the first F-35A Lightning II operational conversion course to be run in Australia completed their first flights at… Read more »

21st Century USW: A Kill Web Team Sport

03/28/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake Last Fall, 2nd Fleet hosted the 2020 version of Black Widow, an Atlantic-focused USW  exercise. But to be completely accurate, although the… Read more »