Key Developments

Training for the Great Power Competition: Lessons Learned at NAWDC and MAWTS-1

By Robbin Laird

During my visit to NAWDC in July 2020, I was able to talk with Rear Admiral…

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RAN Offshore Patrol Vessel: Implications for Canada

By Robbin Laird

Australia’s Defence Force is in the throes of an extensive transformation process, and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)…

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Black Widow Exercise: Shaping a Way Ahead in Anti-Submarine Warfare

By Media Team

Anti-submarine warfare is a key element of the overall control of the seas and the defense…

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Biological Threat Agents Interacting in the Open Air: Assessing the Dynamics

By Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Chemical and Biological Technologies Department

A biological threat agent explodes out of a metal tube and travels toward a formation of…

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How to View the UK and Brexit?: Using the Lens of John Le Carré

By Pierre Tran

Paris – Britain sees no problem in breaking international law and reneging on a withdrawal agreement…

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An Update on the US Navy’s Approach to Maritime Remotes

By Robbin Laird

Recent presentations by senior US Navy officials at the annual conference of the Association for Unmanned…

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Special Reports
With the launch of  our micro-site on defense decisions. We wrote: “In this new section of the
Book Review
Cruise missiles have been a key part of the US Navy's arsenal and that of the Soviet and Russian navies for some time. The history of these missiles within these two navies is highlighted in the new book by Norman...
Featured Defense System
By Mark Schauer

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz.-- The CH-53 has been a potent member of the Marine Corps aviation community’s fleet for over 40 years, but the newest version takes the platform to a whole new level. Equipped with three 7,500 horsepower engines and built to carry a nearly 30,000 pound external load for over 100 miles, the CH 53K King Stallion boasts a 20% increase in heavy lift capability over its predecessors. The most impressive new feature, though, is fly-by-wire technology that computerizes flight controls and represents a major advancement over hydraulic ones. In addition to making the craft lighter, the new controls assist pilots, particularly in degraded visual environments. The CH-53K has undergone extensive developmental testing that utilized the degraded visual environment (DVE) test course at U.S. Army Yuma...

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