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12/12/2023
By Robbin Laird In a visit to Quantico, I had a chance to talk with LtGen Karsten Heckl, who serves as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. I first met him when he was Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, HQMC Aviation Department. I visited him when he was Commander of 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, and I interviewed him when he commanded the First Marine…
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Autonomous Systems and Manned Platforms: From Teaming to Combined Ops

02/26/2024By Robbin Laird Generally, when autonomous systems are discussed in relation to manned systems, the focus is upon teaming. Images of the Australian Loyal Wingman come to mind… Read more »

Crafting a Kill Web Force: The Role of Autonomous Systems

12/12/2023By Robbin Laird In a visit to Quantico, I had a chance to talk with LtGen Karsten Heckl, who serves as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development… Read more »

Refocusing the Force: MAWTS-1 Works on Ways Ahead

12/12/2023By Robbin Laird During my visit to MAWTS-1 in November 2023, I had a chance several times to talk with the CO of the command, Col Eric Purcell,… Read more »

Devil Ray and Switchblade Combine to Create New Strike Capability at Sea

12/08/2023In an article by John Trevithick published on November 2, 2023, the author highlighted the weapons/platform combination represented by the Devil Ray USV with the Switchblade UAV: “The… Read more »

The Replicator Project: In Search of a Con-Ops and a Manufacturing Base

12/06/2023By Robbin Laird In August 2023, Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks announced a new “replicator” project or initiative. As she said in her speech: “At DoD, we’ve already… Read more »

An Update on MAWTS-1: 2023

12/05/2023By Robbin Laird This report focuses on MAWTS-1 in 2023. In 2023, I interviewed the CO of MAWTS-1, Col Eric Purcell, in April and then visited the command… Read more »

The Technology is Important: But the Con-ops Against a Reactive Enemy is Determinate

12/03/2023By Robbin Laird With the coming of maritime autonomous systems, we are reminded once again about the importance of understanding what a technology does and does not do… Read more »

The Way Ahead for Western Fighters

11/23/2023By Robbin Laird I have attended the International Fighter Conference in the past but missed this year’s offering. This year’s conference was held in Madrid, and I was… Read more »

Leveraging a Digital Aircraft to Shape a Sustainment Enterprise Extending to the Tactical Edge

10/30/2023By Robbin Laird I have focused in a series of interviews with Pierre Garant on how to leverage a new digital aircraft, the CH-53K, to shape an innovative… Read more »