Key Developments

Layered ISR and a Focused Force

05/09/2024
By Robbin Laird

If you want to shape an effective focused force with modest capability, for certain you need…

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Transparency in Arms Support to Ukraine: Missing in Action?

05/08/2024
By James Durso

Throughout the U.S. effort to support war-torn Ukraine, Republican politicians asked where the money was going…

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Shaping C2 for the ADF and Coalition Forces: The Perspective of Air Vice Marshal Mike Kitcher

05/07/2024
By Robbin Laird

When I was in Australia in September of last year, I had a chance to talk…

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RPAs, Autonomous Systems and How to Strengthen the ADF in the Next 3-5 Years

05/06/2024
By Robbin Laird

The Australian government is shifting resources from the Air Force and the Army and from the…

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How to Enhance Space’s Contribution to Australian Multi-Domain Operations in Support of Maritime Operations

05/04/2024
By Robbin Laird

Australia has more demands than it has budget. It has more challenges than it has forces.…

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Kenneth Maxwell Looks Back at the Portuguese Revolution: The 25 April 2024 São Paulo Lecture

05/03/2024
By Kenneth Maxwell

I was invited by Professor Vera Lucia Amaral Ferlini, who holds the Jaime Cortesão Chair at…

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Special Reports
05/12/2024
The first of two seminars of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation in 2024 was held on 11 April...
Book Review
05/16/2024
Kenneth Maxwell's work reconstructs the saga of the English scholar who unraveled colonial life in Brazil and was accused of being a traitor in his own country. The book Kenneth Maxwell on Global Trends - an historian of the 18th...
Featured Defense System
05/17/2024
By 2nd Lt. John Graham2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES -- Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Squadron (VMUT) 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), began the assembly of 2nd MAW’s first MQ-9A Reaper, April 10, as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ continued transition from the legacy RQ-21A Blackjack in accordance with Force Design initiatives. “The delivery and build of VMUT-2’s first MQ-9A aircraft is yet another successful milestone in the transition of VMUT-2 to become the MQ-9A Fleet Replacement Squadron, responsible for the world-class training of the Marine Corps’ MQ-9A pilots and sensor operators,” said Lt. Col. Michael Donlin, commanding officer of VMUT-2. Many of the parts for the aircraft were delivered to VMUT-2, known as the “Night owls,” aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North...

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