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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…

Expanding Capabilities: The Viper Attack Helicopter Adds Link 16

06/07/2021By Robbin Laird In a press release today, it was announced: “The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully demonstrated in flight testing a two-way connection between the… Read more »

The Australian Army, Navy and Air Force Shape a Way Ahead for the Inclusion of Autonomous Systems

06/05/2021By Robbin Laird WGCDR Keirin Joyce noted: “All of the services see robotic autonomous systems as a significant part of the road ahead. It’s just that the services… Read more »

The Evolution of C2 in II MEF Transformation

06/04/2021By Robbin Laird As II MEF transforms, a key challenge is force cohesion and force aggregation. For example, with the current Marine Expeditionary Unit, the MEU has a… Read more »

The Eco-System for Next Generation Autonomous Systems and Shaping a Way Ahead for the ADF

06/03/2021By Robbin Laird In the April 8, 2021, Williams Foundation seminar on Next Generation Autonomous Systems, an important consideration was how the ADF could leverage a broader ecosystem… Read more »

Shaping Australian Long-Range Strike: A Role for an Aussie B-21?

06/02/2021By Marcus Hellyer The government’s 2020 defence strategic update provided refreshing clarity about Australia’s deteriorating strategic environment and the need for new military capabilities to address it. These… Read more »

Re-shaping North Atlantic Defense: Shaping a Way Ahead for North-Carolina Based Marines

06/01/2021By Robbin Laird The Navy and the Marines are reworking ways to enhance their warfighting and deterrence capabilities in the North Atlantic. This effort has been referred to… Read more »

Crisis Capabilities and Escalation Management

05/30/2021By Robbin Laird Our focus over the past few years has been upon the shift from the Middle Eastern Land Wars to the refocus on peer competitors. The… Read more »

Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21: Shaping a Way Ahead

05/27/2021By Robbin Laird Recently, 3rd Fleet completed what it called its “Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21” exercise. Here the Navy was able to work with a number of… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for North Atlantic Defense: The Perspective of VADM Lewis

05/26/2021By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake With the strategic shift from the land wars, and meeting the evolving Russian challenges, Admiral Richardson, then the Chief of Naval Operations… Read more »