Key Developments

The US Withdraws from the INF Treaty: The Day After Challenges

08/11/2019
By Robbin Laird

On August 2, 2019, NATO issued a statement with regard to the US decision to withdraw…

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Building a New Allied Frigate: The Case of the Type 26

08/10/2019
By Sunil Ram

The origin of the Type 26 ship design began in 1998 with the UK’s Future Surface…

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China, Australia and the Australian Debate About Its Evolving Relationship

08/10/2019
By Graeme Dobell

The comfortable Canberra consensus on how to handle China has boiled over. A set of simmering…

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India and Shipbuilding: Shaping a Naval Eco-System

08/10/2019
By India Strategic

India can be a hub for warships production and repair for friendly countries Shipbuilding can contribute…

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Industry 4.0 in Aerospace and Defense: Shaping a Way Ahead

08/04/2019
By Evan Butler-Jones

The benefits of Industry 4.0 for A&D manufacturers are enormous but involve critical decisions on digital…

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Elon Musk Has Found the 2019 Version of Mr. Smith: Jimmy Stewart Would Not Be Needed in This Role

08/04/2019
By Sue Ghosh Stricklett

The astonishing drama that played out on the floor of the House of Representatives on July…

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Special Reports
06/13/2019
Australia and the UK are located in very different parts of the world. But both face significant challenges...
Book Review
07/26/2019
The strategic shift from the Middle East wars to the question of 21stcentury global conflict among the core global powers is occurring in the context of a thirty-year process of globalization. This means that the classic understanding of national or...
Featured Defense System
08/18/2019
By George Galorisi

While logistics isn’t a topic that typically evokes deep passion, it should be. Almost four decades ago, General Robert Barrow, USMC, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, coined a phrase that is still a staple of U.S. War College curricula, "Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics." More recently,at the 2019 USNI/AFCEA “West” symposium, Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, noted, “Logistics is a key enabler for all we do.” Second Line of Defense has featured a number of articles focused on logistics and the supply chain. The majority of these have focused on “big picture” logistics issues, for example, Robbin Laird’s, “The US Logistics Systems: The Challenge of a Strategic Reset.” SLD has also featured articles about expeditionary operations, especially those conducted by...

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