Key Developments

Prague’s Munitions Initiative for Ukraine Doesn’t Czech Out

By James Durso

If you are a foreign official visiting Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, Prime Minister…

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The Russo-Ukrainian War in Clausewitzian Perspective: June 2024 Update

By Jack Tribolet

Battlefield realities of the Russo-Ukrainian War provide a model to measure the continued applicability of dominant…

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Missile Developments in ASEAN Countries

By Debalina Ghoshal

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have focused on ‘defence by denial’ capabilities…

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The Twin Transformation of U.S. and Allied Forces: Distributed and Autonomous System Enabled

By Robbin Laird

The strategic shift from the land wars to the focus on the high-end fight has meant…

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America in 2024: Challenges in Re-shaping its Global Strategy

By Robbin Laird

Recently, I talked with Dr. Harald Malmgren and focused on how he viewed the major challenges…

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The Strategic Shift in Australian Defence Requires a Shift in the Approach for Australian Defence Industry

By Robbin Laird

To achieve the kind of resilience and sustainability which Australia requires in dealing with the threat…

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Special Reports
The first of two seminars of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation in 2024 was held on 11 April...
Book Review
In their new book, MAWTS-1 An Incubator for Military Transformation, Robbin Laird and Ed Timberlake have captured the essence of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in a very creative way. They begin with a wide-ranging series of...
Featured Defense System
By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (ret.)

The Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in the Western Pacific is on routine patrol five hundred nautical miles from the nearest landfall. An incident occurs in their operating area and the ESG is requested to: (1) obtain reconnaissance of a near-shore littoral area, associated bays and river accesses and (2) determine if the entrance to a specific bay has been mined to prevent ingress. The littoral coastline covers two hundred nautical miles. This area must be reconnoitered within twenty-four hours without the use of air assets. Command staff dispatches three LUSVs for the request mission. Two LUSVs are each configured with four T38-ISR craft and the third LUSV is configured with four T38-MCM vessels. The three LUSV depart the strike group steaming together in a preset autonomous pattern to...

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