Key Developments

The Timeline for the Tiltrotor Enterprise: A Con-Ops Perspective (Part Four)

02/14/2024
By Robbin Laird

The focus on distributed operations – Maritime DO, the USMC EABOs, and the Air Force agile…

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Trap and Blank Check: A Cautionary Note About Bush and Afghanistan Published in 2001

02/13/2024
By Kenneth Maxwell

On. 6 October 2001, Kenneth Maxwell published a piece on Afghanistan on a Brazilian website, which…

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USMC Transformation Path: A Discussion with LtGen Heckl

02/09/2024
By Robbin Laird

Recently, I met with LtGen Heckl in his office at Quantico. I have known him for…

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The RAAF at Red Flag Nellis 24-1

02/04/2024
By By Flight Lieutenant Claire Burnet

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aviators have joined counterparts from the United States and United Kingdom…

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The Timeline for the Tiltrotor Enterprise: A Platform Perspective

01/31/2024
By Robbin Laird

There are various ways one can conceptualize the timeline for the emergence and evolution of the…

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Crafting, Operating and Shaping a Way Ahead for a Tiltrotor Enterprise

01/22/2024
By Robbin Laird

The concept of having a combat “helicopter” that can fly at the speed of an airplane…

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Special Reports
10/08/2023
On 27 September 2023, the second Williams Foundation seminar for the year was held at the National Gallery...
Book Review
02/15/2024
Heroes come cheap these days. The word is used so promiscuously for well-paid sports stars and short-lived celebrities that when a real hero appears he or she makes people uncomfortable. The recent presidential election showed a real hero entering the...
Featured Defense System
02/22/2024
By Robbin Laird

The focus on distributed operations – Maritime DO, the USMC EABOs, and the Air Force agile combat employment – fits the capabilities of the Osprey – with its speed, range, air refuelable capability – perfectly. It is both an enabler of distributed operations and a benefactor from such operations. It can create distributed points of operation, and can leverage them. The payload revolution associated with distributed operations is enabling the emergence of a kill web force. Ed Timperlake and I have written a book on the coming of the maritime kill web force and explained in detail the nature of such operations. But a key to being able to do so is the C2-ISR revolution which can proliferate payloads to be inserted in air, ground, space and maritime...

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