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On September 28, 2022, the Williams Foundation hosted its latest seminar. The focus was on the challenges which need to be addressed in making the biggest change to Australian defence seen in recent memory. Rather than focusing on the away games and support for its major ally in such efforts, the focus was returning to the direct defence of Australia and what needs to be done with an adversary which can cut Australia off from…

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 »

Working Integrated Fires in the Pacific: Col. Miagany, G-3, MARFORPAC

09/03/2021By Robbin Laird During my visit to Honolulu in early August 2021, I visited MARFORPAC for several days. I had been last there in 2014-2015, so had a… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for Training for the High-End Fight: The Perspective of the Former Commander of the 57th Wing, Nellis AFB

08/26/2021I first met Brigadier General, retired, Robert Novotny at RAF Lakenheath in 2016. There we focused on the coming of the F-35 to the base after the Brits… Read more »

Enabling Flexible Basing Across the Combat Chessboard: The Contribution of the CH-53K

08/16/2021As the Marines rework how they are going to shape their way ahead with regard to the joint force and full spectrum crisis management, their ability to operate… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the TACAIR Community: Visiting MAG-14

08/11/2021By Robbin Laird During my July 2021 visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing, I had a chance to meet with the leadership of MAG-14. I met with Col.… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Assault Support Community: Visiting the “War Eagles” of MAG-29

08/10/2021By Robbin Laird During my visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing in July 2021, I had a chance to discuss the way ahead for the assault support community… Read more »

Triton Begins Multi-Intelligence Capability Phase

08/10/2021According to a press release published on July 29, 2021 from NAVAIR, the U.S. Navy has conducted first MQ-4C Triton test flight with multi-intelligence upgrade. The Navy conducted… Read more »

Amphibiosity and Combined and Joint Battle Problem: August 2021

08/06/2021The United States, Australia and Japan are working a modular task force built around what amphibious ships can bring to the fight. Amphibious ships can contribute significantly to… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Assault Support Community: Visiting MAG-26

08/03/2021By Robbin Laird I first visited Marine Aircraft Group 26 (MAG-26) in 2007 when they were beginning the MV-22B Osprey transition. Now, the Osprey is the backbone of… Read more »