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01/17/2022
On 1 December 2021, the Williams Foundation held its second 2021 seminar, this one focused on shaping a way ahead for a sovereign Australian space strategy. That report can be found on the Williams Foundation website as well as on Second Line of Defense and Defense.info. Since 2018, the focus of the seminars has been increasingly with regard to how to extend the reach of the ADF given the changing nature of the challenges facing…
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Re-Shaping the USMC as a Crisis Management Force: Working Naval Integration

07/30/2021By Robbin Laird The Marines are re-focusing their efforts from the Middle East land wars to shaping their way ahead to build a purpose-built force to facilitate sea… Read more »

An Update on 2nd Marine Air Wing: July 2021

07/29/2021By Robbin Laird The Marines are undergoing a change with a sense of urgency associated with the strategic shift from the Middle East land wars to being effective… Read more »

The Coming of the CH-53K to the USMC: Shaping a Way Ahead

07/25/2021By Robbin Laird In recent visits to both II MEF and 2nd Marine Air Wing (2nd MAW), it is clear that the coming of the CH-53K to the… Read more »

VADM Lewis: Shaping a Way Ahead for C2F and Allied Joint Forces Command, Norfolk

07/23/2021By Robbin Laird Recently, I had a chance to talk with VADM Lewis, Commander of Second Fleet and of Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk. We spoke one day… Read more »

An Update on the Coming of the CMV-22B to the Fleet: July 2021

07/20/2021By Robbin Laird Recently, I had a chance to talk with Captain Dewon “Chainsaw” Chaney, the Commander of COMVRMWING (or Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing). My last conversation was… Read more »

Crisis Management and Pacific Defense: The View from I MEF

07/09/2021By Robbin Laird During my lifetime, the USMC has been the initial crisis management for the nation. It continues to do so, but after a long interlude of… Read more »

The Role of II MEF Information Group: The Perspective of Its Commanding General

07/08/2021By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to Camp Lejeune, I had a chance to talk with the CG of the II MEF Information Group and his… Read more »

Shaping Crisis and Escalation Management Capabilities: 2nd ESG and II MEB Work the Challenges

07/07/2021By Robbin Laird The strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to the high-end fight revolves around effective crisis management. With the 21st century authoritarian powers working… Read more »

An Update on the CH-53K, June 2021: Colonel Jack Perrin Provides an Overview

06/16/2021By Robbin Laird The coming of the CH-53KTM to the USMC could not come at a more appropriate time. As the Marines are focused on mobile basing as… Read more »