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The Defense of Taiwan Seen in a Global Context: A Polish Perspective

08/04/2022By Robert Czulda Since February 2022, the world's attention has been focused on the Russian aggression against Ukraine. But once again we see a dangerous escalation in the Taiwan Strait. This is a direct result of imperialist appetites of the PRC, who considers Taiwan, formally known as the Republic of China, as its province (in fact, it is the opposite:…Read more »Featured Article

The Challenge of Supply Chain Resilience: The Case of Rare Earth Minerals

08/03/2022By John Coyne Recently, ASPI researcher Albert Zhang shone a spotlight on a sophisticated Chinese Communist Party information campaign targeting rare earths and Australian company Lynas. This research has powerful implications for those policymakers seeking to create resilient supplies of rare-earth elements (REEs) and critical minerals. REEs are a group of 17 metals—15 elements from the lanthanide series and two chemically similar…Read more »Featured Article

The Chief of the UK General Staff’s Perspective on the European Defense Challenge

08/01/2022By William Leben The British Army’s main effort is now mobilisation to deter Russian aggression, and it must accept ‘ruthless prioritisation’ to this end, General Sir Patrick Sanders has said. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute’s Land Warfare Conference in London, the British Chief of the General Staff (CGS) articulated his army’s immediate answer to the war in Ukraine and reflected on…Read more »Featured Article

U.S. Space Leadership Mandates Musk’s Heavenly Gaze

07/26/2022By Richard Weitz Whatever benefits Elon Musk might have brought to Twitter as its owner, U.S. space power will undoubtedly benefit from the deal’s collapse. Generous support in Congress, including enormous subsidies, and strong NASA backing empowered SpaceX to contribute to the recent resurgence of U.S. interest, investments, and technologies in commercial and civil space exploration. But recent developments threaten…Read more »Featured Article

The HMAS Canberra Works with USMC Aircraft Onboard for RIMPAC 22

07/25/2022By Robbin Laird HMAS Canberra was born in a strategic context for Australia considerably different from today. When the Australian government was considering adding an LHA to the force, the main focus was upon supporting HADR operations along with an ability to transport the Australian Army to regional areas of interest. Effectively, it was considered largely as a seagoing greyhound…Read more »Featured Article

Remembering Alain Dupas: July 2022

07/24/2022By Robbin Laird This summer I have spent much of my time in Europe, and notably in Paris. In normal times, I would have spent time talking about the world and the way ahead for Western strategy with my good friend Alain Dupas. But this year it has not been possible in light of Alain’s untimely death. The silencing of…Read more » SLD Special ReportsView All »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Integrated Distributed Force

05/09/2022On March 24, 2022, the Williams Foundation held its first of two seminars to be held this year. The seminar was the latest in a series of seminars which started in 2014, and have been focused on the evolution of the ADF to deal with the evolving threats and challenges facing Australia, and its core…Download PDF Now » Whats NewView All »

An Update on B-2s Engaged in Training with the RAAF

07/25/2022n an Australian Department of Defence article published on July 11, 2022, the arrival of B-2 aircraft to Amberley airbase was highlighted. B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft from the Pacific Air Forces…Read more »

Heading Towards Plan B: FCAS in the Balance?

07/22/2022By Pierre Tran Paris – Dassault Aviation hopes Airbus will agree to a clear program leadership in building a next generation fighter, perhaps with a deal formally approved by the…Read more »

Perspectives from the French Navy: July 2022

07/16/2022By Pierre Tran Paris – The U.S. navy is seeking to forge closer operational ties with the French navy, with the French service invited to plug sensors and data into…Read more »

“It is Not My Father’s Second Fleet”: Excerpts from Chapter Eight of “A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making”

07/14/2022With the strategic opportunity for rebuilding Nordic defense, the project begun in 2018 in Norfolk in reshaping the U.S. and allied navy’s command structures and force design can find its…Read more »

Expeditionary Seabasing and Expanding the Maritime Kill Web Force

07/13/2022We have just published our book A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making which highlights how mobile and sea basing provide key components for an integrated distributed force. As…Read more »

Building a Platform for Wolfpack Unmanned Surface Vessel Kill Web Operations

07/12/2022By Robbin Laird As the U.S. Navy shifts to a priority emphasis on distributed maritime operations, the opportunity for maritime autonomous systems to play a growing role is opened up.…Read more » In BriefsView All »

MV-22B Osprey Squadron Supports Marine Special Forces

08/05/2022U.S. Marines with Marine Forces Special Operations Command conduct night operations with an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365, during Exercise Raven (RavenEx) 22-5 at Combat…Read more »

Naval Air Station Lemoore Public Works

08/03/2022Naval Air Station Lemoore Public Works Officer Cmdr. Greg Woods discusses what NAVFAC Southwest Public Works at NAS Lemoore does to support the Fleet, NAS Lemoore’s mission, future, and the…Read more »

163rd FS Blacksnakes

08/01/2022A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft, assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, perform multi-aircraft generation maneuvers July 10, 2022, at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard base, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Airmen from…Read more »

Green Knights Train with US Navy (2)

07/29/2022U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and U.S. Sailors from USS America (LHA 6) conduct simulated flight deck operations at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 20,…Read more »

Green Knights Train with US Navy (1)

07/27/2022U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and U.S. Sailors from USS America (LHA 6) conduct simulated flight deck operations at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 20,…Read more »

Forward Arming and Refueling Point Training: WTI-2-22

07/25/2022U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), conduct a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) exercise, during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-22, at…Read more »

Osprey Training in Support of the Maneuver Force: WTI-2-22

07/22/2022U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) conduct flight maneuvers in an MV-22B Osprey, during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-22, near Big Bear…Read more » SLD BOOKSHOPView All »

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CH-53K King Stallion Lift

07/06/2022U.S. Marines with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 and Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 24 transport a Light Armored Vehicle 25 with a CH-53K King Stallion helicopter at…Read more » Our Partners Our Sponsors Feature Your Company Here »WhitepapersView All »Feature Your Technology Here » Products

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Belgian-Dutch rMCM program: New Mine Countermeasure Vessel

UAE Adds to its A330MRTT Fleet

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NATO’s Future Surveillance and Control Capabilities Teaming Effort

Cubic’s HALO Communications System: Warfighter Integration in Highly-Contested Combat Environments

Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station Tests Wireless Broadband Connectivity

First Satellite Factory in Space


Airbus and Northrop Grumman Team for NATO’s Future Surveillance and Control

Pléiades Neo Satellites: Step-change for Airbus Geo-intelligence Services

CAE Acquires L3Harris Military Training Business

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