writers

(2018,
issue 6)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The evolution of the role of fighters is at the center of the shift to recraft combat capabilities and operations as operational contexts change.

(2018,
issue 6)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The challenge of the 21st century incorporates incredibly invasive infrastructure threats. Direct defence strategies must quickly include these threats as part of any comprehensive national security concept.

(2018,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The Nordic perspective on the importance of the cross-border training and how it affects allied relationships across NATO.

(2018,
issue 3)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Expanded tool sets used by adversaries to influence culture, actions and decisions of liberal democracies is the focus of a new Centre of Excellence in Europe.

(2017,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Adapting to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) requires mastering new technologies that provide capabilities to leverage reachback systems, robust networks, and distributed strike options.

(2017,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Danish government has released a new defence agreement covering the next six years of defense expenditure and planning. It also defines the top two threats to focus on in terms of priorities and spending.

(2017,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The rebuilding of Russia’s Northern fleet and its defense bastion built around the Kola Peninsula creates a direct challenge to Norway, and is of strategic interest to all of the Arctic Council States.

(2017,
issue 2)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Norway is in an especially interesting and perhaps precarious situation or, put another way, is at the crossroads of 21st century history.

(2016,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The Australian Navy will be acquiring new platforms and is looking closely at the “integrateability” of those new platforms with Army, Air Force – and space capabilities as well.

(2016,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

DCNS will be working with Australia to ensure an evolving and integrated approach for the build and the sustainment of the submarine.

(2016,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

A look at Australia’s final choice to build a new class of advanced-­capability diesel/electric-powered submarines. Innovative collaboration is changing the way major procurements are benefitting both buyer and seller.

(2016,
issue 3)
ROBBIN LAIRD

U.S. Admiral Gortney talks of the need to widen the scope of the NORAD/NORTHCOM role.

(2016,
issue 2)
ROBBIN LAIRD

To ­protect and exploit the valuable energy supplies on its continental shelf, Norway has established approaches and procedures for the future development of energy supplies in its key High North / Arctic region.

(2016,
issue 1)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Air dominance needs to be established and ensured, rather than assumed.

(2016,
issue 1)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Leaders think in terms of logistics, but the operational enablers often fall victim to pointy-end procurement programs.

(2016,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Several trends are underway at the same time, and they add up to a significant redefinition of the global scene, power and policy priorities.

(2016,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

13 Jul 2016

It can be easy to overlook how revolutionary a vertical lift aircraft that can operate at supersonic speeds actually is. The F-35B does not need a long runway to recover, and this makes it a much more survivable platform – especially at sea where options are limited.

The F-35B will be a staple for the US Marine Corps and the RAF, and will also be flown by the Italian Navy. A number of other Air Forces have shown interest as well, including Israel, Singapore, Japan, and Spain.

(2016,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Australia's Chief of the Army weighs in on the future of the joint environment. The core challenge is the co-evolution of ground, air and naval forces to deliver a timely capability.

(2016,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The Australian government has recently released a comprehensive new Defence White Paper, along with two accompanying documents, to create more than a platform shopping list.

(2016,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

With Putin aggressively reshaping Russia's place in the world, it will be crucial to shape a real policy towards deterrence of Russia, and it is worthwhile to revisit the Reagan strategy.

(2015,
issue 6)
ROBBIN LAIRD

How much more hybrid can you get than the current situation over Syria? Airpower needs to seamlessly operate in all airspace – uncontested, contestable and contested.

(2015,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

A strategy built around shaping innovative ways to integrate assets in support of air and joint operations.

(2015,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Using global lessons learned, the Brits are re-inventing the large deck carrier.

(2015,
issue 3)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The case of the Airbus A400M. The tragic crash of an A400M during test flight, reminds us of how risky the introduction of new systems can be. An April tour of the Airbus facilities in Spain helps put risk and the drive to perfect into perspective.

(2015,
issue 2)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The current Chief of U.S. Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, has focused considerable attention on digital operations in the re-set of the U.S. Navy and its approach to 21st century operations. From electronic warfare, to digital interoperability, to integrated fire support and cyber security, the Admiral has underscored that mastering the digital domain is an essential warfighting competence.

(2015,
issue 1)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Unexpected new deployments to Iraq created some imperatives that helped pave the way for new RAAF efficiencies.

(2015,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Russia, France, Belgium, Turkey ... strategic reset in the fight against ISIS is shaping the future.

(2015,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Recently, SLD published an article on the Turkish shoot-down of a Russian aircraft. A former USAF pilot made this comment:

(2015,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

When analysts and intelligence experts were highlighting the warming sun of the Arab Spring, there was much hope: democracy was in the air and many believed the gap between Islam and the West might be closing.  

(2015,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Italian pilots fly an Australian F-35 from an American Base. Talk about "next generation". An unprecedented level of international integration is being brought to life by the F-35 program. Training jumps the concept of interoperability and jumps straight into integration.

(2015,
issue 00)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The Aussies Shape a Path of Combat Innovation: Plan Jericho and the Way Ahead. I recently returned from Australia where the Royal Australian Air Force is put in motion what they call Plan Jericho.  In effect, the RAAF is providing the Australian Defense Force with an approach to transform jointness, or how the various elements of the ADF can work together to enhance combat effect.

(2014,
issue 6)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Pilots and maintainers of today’s and tomorrow’s fleets are handling more complex aircraft than ever before in history. For pilots, this requires significant proficiencies that go beyond simply being a competent “flyer” of an airplane.

(2014,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Land wars of the past decade have led to a significant redirection of military forces, particularly in the United States. Will this new focus help thwart and destroy ISIS? Can supporting the Kurdish military win against the “Islamic State” jihadists?

(2014,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Sustaining reach is a key operational objective for effective air power.

(2014,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

America-class amphibious assault ships incorporate a number of visionary innovations.

(2014,
issue 3)
ROBBIN LAIRD

The vastness of the Pacific region exemplifies the need for, and amplifies the challenges of cooperation.

(2014,
issue 2)
ROBBIN LAIRD

A recent RAAF-sponsored Air Power conference examined the evolving Aussie air combat approach.

(2013,
issue 6)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Canada could be in a pole position to shape allied efforts for an Arctic C2 and ISR grid to cover the High North.

(2013,
issue 6)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Could the most significant post-Afghan development of unmanned vehicles be to shape cooperative relationships with indigenous forces in pursuit of shared counter-insurgency objective.

(2013,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD, RICHARD BRAY

For maximum leverage in future acquisitions, Canada should find key opportunities in global supply chains.

(2013,
issue 5)
ROBBIN LAIRD

For JSF pilots, increased situational awareness brings new combat options.

(2013,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Thinking back on the B-17 and commemorating the combat sacrifices of WWII's Mighty 8th.

(2013,
issue 4)
ROBBIN LAIRD

With major acquisitions slated for the years ahead, some challenges to the assumptions underlying the Jenkins Report on Canadian defence requirements and industrial capability.

(2013,
issue 2)
ROBBIN LAIRD

Airpower is ­central to 21st century security; but not by supporting aircraft with limited aviation tanking assets.

(2013,
issue 1)
ROBBIN LAIRD

As the Arctic ice shrinks, the vulnerabilities grow. A conversation about Arctic strategy with Commander NORAD and NORTHCOM, U.S. General Charles Jacoby.

(2013,
issue 1)
ROBBIN LAIRD

From troubled program to transformation reality, the Osprey has emerged to offer astoundingly flexible capabilities. Are new capabilities and proven frontline performance worth the price?