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By Robbin Laird For the Australians, it is called fifth generation warfare. For the British, it is called the integrated operating concept. For DARPA, it is called mosaic warfare. For me, it is kill web concepts of operations. But what is entailed is building a distributed force that is integratable throughout an extended battlespace, in which the force is able to distribute sensors and strike systems to enhance the force’s survivability and lethality. The kill…

The Mid-Atlantic Tech Bridge and Second Fleet

05/02/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake During our visit to Norfolk in March 2021, we had a chance to meet with CDR Bobby Hanvey, Executive Director of the… Read more »

The Navy Re-Focuses on the High-End Fight: What Implications for the Navy Reserves?

04/26/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake In working on our book for USNI press, we have focused on how the U.S. Navy is reworking its approaches to shape… Read more »

An Update on the USS Gerald R. Ford, April 2021

04/25/2021ATLANTIC OCEAN – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully completed Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) April 17, representing a major milestone in… Read more »

Arctic Gold 21-2: Working Fifth Gen Agile Combat Operations

04/22/2021The Arctic Gold 21-2 exercise is working the USAF’s approach to what the Navy call distributed operations. During the exercise this month, airmen are practicing Agile Combat Employment… Read more »

Working Air-Sea Integration: The UK and Netherlands Shape a Way Ahead

04/21/2021The Dutch and UK Marines operate as a fully integrated force. With the coming of the new UK Queen Elizabeth carriers, there are expanded opportunities for air-sea integration… Read more »

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: An Australian Perspective

04/13/2021On April 8, 2021, the Williams Foundation held its latest seminar, one that was originally scheduled for March 2020. It was an in person conference for Australians, but… Read more »

Shaping a 21st Century U.S. Navy: The Perspective from Second Fleet

04/12/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The advantage of visiting two startup commands – C2F and Allied JFC Norfolk – under one Vice Admiral is that one can… Read more »

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 »