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09/21/2021
By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to Hawaii, I had a chance to talk with Brigadier General Michael Winkler, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs at the Pacific Air Force. We discussed a wide range of subjects, but in this article, I will focus on our discussion of the way ahead for PACAF and the joint force in crafting a way ahead for Pacific defense. The U.S. services and our allies are focused…
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Operations in the Information Environment: The Perspective from MARFORPAC Marines

09/22/2021By Robbin Laird During my August 2021 visit to MARFORPAC, I had a chance to talk with the specialists in information operations within the command. In particular, I… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for Pacific Defense: The Evolving Role of the USAF

09/21/2021By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to Hawaii, I had a chance to talk with Brigadier General Michael Winkler, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs at… Read more »

Allies, Partners and Marines in the Indo-Pacific: The Challenge of Building Effective Deterrent Forces

09/19/2021By Robbin Laird In my interview with Lt. General Rudder, the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (COMMARFORPAC), he clearly outlined the way ahead for the Marines in… Read more »

Seam Warfare, Exercises and Deterrence

09/15/2021During my visit to Honolulu to visit PACAF and MARFORCOM in August 2021, I had a chance to discuss how U.S. forces are shaping a way ahead for… Read more »

Three Key Weapons Systems for the Marines in the Pacific: F-35s, Ospreys, and C2 at the Tactical Edge

09/14/2021By Robbin Laird As the Marines rework how they work Pacific defense both with the joint and coalition forces, three key weapon systems enabling the effort are the… Read more »

Advancing the Future Force with Integrated and Realistic Simulation: A Visit with the Leadership of 2d Marine Air Wing’s Training Systems Leadership.

09/12/2021By Robbin Laird During a July 2021 visit to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) I talked with LtCol J. Eric Grunke and LtCol Jessica Hawkins. Grunke just relinquished… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Marines in the Pacific: A 2021 Overview

09/10/2021When I visited MARFORPAC in 2014, it was the beginning of what the Obama Administration called the “Pivot to the Pacific.” But that really did not happen as… Read more »

Island Marauder 21

09/09/2021By Matt Gonzales MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII In August, Marine Corps Systems Command led one of the largest command and control user evaluations since the start of the… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Marines in Pacific Defense: The Perspective of Lt. General Rudder, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

09/08/2021By Robbin Laird My last visit to Hawaii and meetings with the MARFORPAC commander and his staff was in 2014. In August 2021, I visited again and spent… Read more »