Key Developments

The Aussies Build a New Amphibious Capability

08/07/2018
By Robbin Laird

The Aussies have developed a new amphibious capability and are evolving their operational appraoch as they…

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The Aegis Global Enterprise: The Australian Case

08/07/2018
By Robbin Laird

During my current trip to Australia, I started with the opportunity to visit the HMAS Hobart,…

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The Imperative for an Independent Deterrent: A Joint Strike Seminar August 2018

08/07/2018
By Williams Foundation

Background For over twenty years the F-111 provided the Australian Defence Force with a strike capability…

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Supporting the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, UK

08/06/2018
By Robbin Laird

I had the chance to visit HMS Queen Elizabeth in Scotland as the carrier was being…

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The Coming of HMS Queen Elizabeth: Preparing for Its Initial Deployment

08/05/2018
By Robbin Laird

The coming of the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the UK combat force is a trigger for…

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Working Coalition C2: RIMPAC 2018

08/03/2018
By Defense.Info

Working C2 in a coalition environment is clearly challenging but also crucial. This is true throughout…

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Special Reports
05/12/2018
This report is based on interviews in the UK, Canada, Norway and Denmark with regard to the evolving...
Featured Defense System
08/13/2018
By Todd Miller

In what seems like a sci-fi movie of only a few years ago, “artificial intelligence empowered, war fighting drones” teamed with manned command and control are shaping up as the path forward. The last few years have seen several manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) initiatives by the USAF and private industry. On July 30, 2018 Textron Aviation Defense, LLC announced that they had demonstrated MUM-T capability on the Scorpion Jetwith Textron Systems’ “Synturian®” control and collaboration technology(official Textron Press release here). MUM-T has been discussed by for several years and we are now starting to see the progress.  The assessment of “drones” as “Loyal Wingman” (Air Force Research Laboratory), and in several other roles are simply early indicators that in some form, this is going to happen. As reported in...

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