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  • Dr. Robbin F. Laird | SLDInfo
    F 35 at Eglin August 24 2012 Dr Laird is a military and security analyst He has published 26 books and many articles on defense and security issues in Asia Europe and the United States Dr Laird has taught at Columbia University Queens College Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University Dr Laird has received many grants and awards from the National Science Foundation the US Institute of Peace and other

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  • Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st Century Strategy | SLDInfo
    generally the nuclear dimension is neglected in U S thinking about the future of defense in the Pacific but certainly not in the minds of the key national players in the Pacific We did an interview with Bracken which highlights some core aspects of how to understand the evolving nuclear challenge According to Bracken In the first nuclear age it was learning by crisis and we got fortunate because the crises that started were not particularly severe If the Cuban Missile Crisis had come in the late 40s God only knows what would ve happen Nonetheless I think we need to prepare for a crisis exploitation which crystallizes the issues we re talking about much as 9 11 did Many people prior to 9 11 were talking about terrorism counterterrorism but nobody paid any attention to them The early Bush administration in 2000 was dismissive because they had other fish to fry and then 9 11 happens and the existence of prior thinking on counter terrorism was rapidly exploited The kind of crisis in which learning might occur could revolve around something like the Pacific islands in dispute in the South China Sea If there s a major Chinese move against one of these islands the Japanese and U S forces will be forced to respond But what if the Chinese start moving some nuclear weapons around What do we do then That s really a distinct possibility But I cannot find anybody in the U S government who really thinks about the realism of such a situation like that http www sldinfo com the challenge of deterrence in the second nuclear age a discussion with paul bracken The Pacific is already a big place in which to move forces to provide for the defense of the United States and its core allies The reality of what is called the tyranny of distance is significant but the problem is becoming worse with the addition of the Arctic due to melting ice to the Pacific agenda The Arctic sitting at the top of the world bridges multiple worlds but as the ice melts new transportation routes open and with them access to significant resources located in the region The Arctic must be added to any realistic examination of the challenge of building an effective Pacific strategy for the 21 st century Not only will the Chinese leverage transit routes to break out of the Pacific but also the Russians over time will be able to integrate their European and Pacific forces to provide for more effective leverage from the top of the world A final key element is the evolving nature of the security challenges in the region The Pacific from the Arctic to Australia is the Pacific Defense and Security Challenge Credit Image Bigstock Not only are there persistent low intensity threats throughout the region but also the scope and nature of maritime trade in the region has seen the emergence of a conveyer belt of goods transiting from Asian

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  • Ed Timperlake | SLDInfo
    35 Global News Con ops Operations Policy Dynamics Manufacturability Connectivity and Security Logs Sustainment Strategy Video Slideshow About Us Contributors Who We Are Global Partners Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Send Us Feedback Store Defense Security Publications Media Kits Focus Industry Advertising White Paper Media Kit ICSA D S Advisory Services Ed Timperlake Ed Timperlake Video of the month Sponsorships White Papers SLD Store F 35 Consortium Contact Feedback Privacy Policy

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  • Dr. Richard Weitz | SLDInfo
    policies Dr Weitz also is a non resident Senior Fellow at the Project on National Security Reform PNSR where he overseas case study research and a non resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security CNAS where he contributes to various defense projects Before joining Hudson Dr Weitz worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis the Center for Strategic and International Studies the Defense Science Board DFI International Inc the Center for Strategic Studies the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government and the U S Department of Defense Dr Weitz is a graduate of Harvard College B A with Highest Honors in Government the London School of Economics M Sc in International Relations Oxford University M Phil in Politics and Harvard University Ph D in Political Science He is proficient in Russian French and German Dr Weitz has published in such journals as The National Interest The Washington Quarterly NATO Review Global Asia Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Defense Concepts Pacific Focus Small Wars Journal Political Science Quarterly Jane s Intelligence Review and The Journal of Strategic Studies His commentaries have appeared in the International Herald Tribune Baltimore Sun The Guardian Christian Science Monitor Washington Times Wall Street Journal Europe Middle East Times and many Internet based publications such as those of the WashingtonPost com and World Politics Review where he is Senior Editor Dr Weitz has appeared on the BBC CNN C SPAN PBS ABC FOX MSNBC VOA UK Channel 4 ITN France 24 CBC CTV ARD KSA Al Hurra Al Jazeera Al Alam PressTV Pacifica Radio and additional broadcast media He has delivered numerous presentations at conferences panels and other events Dr Weitz has published or edited several books and monographs including Global Security Watch

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  • 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade: Shaping the Scalable Modular Forces for 21st Century Operations | SLDInfo
    it floats or flies there needs to be Marines on it same with our coalition partners If it floats or flies it has to be interoperable with us We need to be able to put Marines on it We need to be able to start conducting operations so that we can work together that we re interoperable Easily said you d be surprised how difficult that is 2d MEB is clearly focused on working international naval relationships which played a key role in Bold Alligator 2014 and Exercise African Lion 2014 the largest exercise on the African continent MajGen Richard L Simcock commanding general of 2d MEB talks with LtCol LtCol Wayne Waltrip Force Effects Coordinator and his staff aboard the USS Iwo Jima Oct 29 2014 Simcock and RAdm Cynthia Thebaud took command aboard the USS Iwo Jima within 24 hours after receiving the order by executing an experimental FICE Fly In Command Element concept aboard the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of North Carolina The FICE part of the Marine s Expeditionary Force 21 Concept was one of many experiments conducted during Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 In Bold Alligator the Marines worked an interwoven C2 relationship with the Dutch who also commanded the USS Arlington a new US Navy LPD and worked for and adjacent to the Navy Marine Corps construct Coalition participation required installing CENTRIXS an allied communication system on the USS Kearsarge which improved the forces readiness for future crisis and contingency operations Throughout the exercise 2d MEB experimented with various configurations of MAGTF C2 support for operations by leveraging the enhanced US and allied seabase In order to facilitate C2 aboard limited amphibious ships 2d MEB experimented with a robust reachback capability Reachback capability allowed 2d MEB to deploy a small part of the staff on ships but employ the whole staff using modern communications technology from a land based structure given the ships space constraints http www sldinfo com the way ahead after bold alligator 2012 a coalition perspective 2d MEB is a standing operational HQ with no forces assigned This provides flexibility to GCCs Because 2d MEB was designed with its most likely mission in mind crisis response the unit needs to be able to deploy and provide C2 within 24 hours after heeding a GCC s request The lack of force structure outside the CE allows the unit to serve as the Swiss army knife of C2 for the GCC 2d MEB can deploy the CE and composite joint and international forces already close to the operating area The flexibility of the MEB CE also allows the unit to deploy and employ scalable force packages of as little as a few thousand personnel for crisis response and up to 15 000 for its most deadly mission small scale conventional warfare This is important for warfighting and operating throughout the ROMO the MC engages in CJTF Combined Joint Task Force capability is important to the 2d MEB CE because of the capabilities

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  • A Special Report on Eurofighter Modernization: Shaping a Way Ahead | SLDInfo
    have clearly shared combat learning with regard to the use of these platforms as the F 35 comes on line this combat learning cycle will continue into the next generation of aircraft and shaping ways to approach fifth generation warfare In effect the dynamics of change for Italy and the UK will be a function of the intersection of four variables the evolution of the Eurofighter the impact of the F 35 and the global fleet of F 35s changes in weaponization and evolving C2 for strike and combat operations 81118 random 1 0 5 0 This report highlights a number of the dynamics of change in these two European combat forces associated with Eurofighter modernization Much as the USN carrier air wing will alter its approach as F 35s come to the carrier deck but modernize their Super Hornets to compliment and add lethality to the entire air wing the RAF and the IAF will work interactive modernization of the two air platforms Continuing with the case of the USN carrier air wing the dynamics of co modernization can be better understood The new carriers the USS Ford or the British Carrier the Queen Elizabet h bring new command capabilities and operational infrastructure which enhance their contributions to other combat capabilities in the battlespace The coming of the F 35 puts on the carrier deck a core capability to operate at the edge of the carrier s battlespace and can reach deep into the operational networks which support each cell of a honeycombed force The legacy assets will be modernized under the influence of synergy opportunities as well as fifth generation warfare dynamics to work more effectively in expanding the capabilities of a synergistic joint or coalition force Currently the Super Hornets operating with the new Hawkeye are beginning

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  • The Libyan War: Lessons Being Learned Outside the Beltway | SLDInfo
    the right to also kibitz from the side like Putin is currently doing because of the Administration is using a UN Security Council imprimatur to justify the attack But what do other thuggish countries think and what will they do And this is literally a life and death question The world now knows that when the U S decides the leader of a country is an evil doer about to stage a massacre a forceful military attack can be justified and launched This is the emerging Obama Doctrine Ironically it is reinforced by the observed experience of the Bush Doctrine and the Clinton Doctrine The goal is to stop a negative by pointing out the massacre that does not happen Now visualize a meeting after the U S Military successfully attacked both the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussain Iraq At that table of world class thuggish leaders sits Moammar Gadhafi Kim il Jong the Dear Leader of North Korea and Mahmoud Ahmadmejad of Iran They see a huge problem what will the Americans do next Gadhafi knowing Saddam had WMD specifically poison gas that he had used and a nuke R D effort decides his best course is to welcome the western nations into his country to deactivate his nuclear research and development program The Dear Leader of North Korea leaves their meeting and shows the world that he has credible nuclear devices along with trying to build ICBMs Mahmoud Ahmadejad had a choice when he left that table he could follow the lead of the Libyan leader or play catch up to the Dear Leader With the attack on Libya the Obama Administration has just made Kim il Jong look like a strategic genius It also totally confirmed a lesson learned to the Iranian Leadership The lesson is

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  • ISIL and a Cascading Regional Crisis: A Conversation with Amatzia Baram | SLDInfo
    Syrian Kurds Here Turkey comes into play the support of the current Turkish Administration of ISIL is making the US Administration absolutely furious but not furious enough to provide weapons and other supplies to the Syrian Kurds And as far as the Turkish reluctance to allow the use of their airbase it may come to choosing sides between ISIL and NATO This crisis is that serious The US could begin to build a new airbase in north eastern Jordan or expand the existing one there to prepare to remove its reliance on the Turkish base a position which might well prove necessary in the evolving politics in the region Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces at a street in city of Mosul June 12 2014 REUTERS Stringer The Kurds have a clear agenda but so do the Sunnis They do not want to be dominated by a Baghdad Shia government A way to turn them against ISIL is to provide for their ability to defend themselves against other forces within Iraq and outside of it Which means that first and foremost they want a defense force that will protect them against anybody and everybody of course ISIL but also the Iraqi National Army If you approach the Sunnis all the Sunnis with the idea of a new Iraq there is a chance that you really can move them to your side But you see right now they are in a bind because if they join you and you don t give them any guarantees for the future why not just leverage the ISIL destabilization And if the Iraq Army occupies Mosul it will be viewed precisely as that by the Sunnis with the Shia seen to be occupying Mosul And the U S and allied role as an honest broker would simply not be possible Question We have discussed Iran in passing with regard to the GCC states but obviously Iran has a big stake in the crisis as well Baram They do And one of the ironies of the current situation is that American policy against ISIL actually helps Iran Baghdad is now mostly an Iranian issue more so than an American one You have to be aware of what America is doing America is getting Iran out of trouble by helping the government of Baghdad to push the ISIS back You are serving Iranian interests not just yours So I m not against it as long as you understand what you are doing Iran will allow you to save it from ISIS and in return they want you to allow them to continue to develop nuclear weapons Question The ISIL crisis and its ongoing consequences will affect the great powers outside of the region as well how do you see the stance of the major players Baram With regard to Russia they have little concern about Iran having nuclear weapons The Russians see this from the perspective of their conviction that they can unilaterally counter an Iranian nuclear threat effectively But what they have not calculated well is what others are going to do After Iran Saudi Arabia Egypt and very likely also Turkey will acquire nukes A multi player nuclear crisis is extremely difficult to control Isis leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi preaching during Friday prayer at a mosque in Mosul as seen in a video released in July Photograph Anadolu Agency Getty Images Even a nuclear war between Iran and Israel alone is dangerous for neighboring Russia and one should bear in mind that unlike the Cuban missile crisis there is no direct communication between Teheran and Jerusalem to provide key elements for negotiation as a crisis unfolds What does deterrence mean to Tehran as opposed to an old nuclear power like the United States or Russia How would a crisis management emerge that could manage these two very different poles And if Iran were to have access to nuclear weapons notably with the onslaught of ISIL or another similar anti Shi i movement the use of nuclear weapons cannot be ruled out and all this in close proximity to Russia Question To put it mildly this is a very volatile period of history in which the calculations of key states in the region all of whom have money weapons and power could lead to a ratcheting up with the conflict here reasonably rapidly Is that a fair assessment of the challenge Baram It is and this is why I focused on trying to keep Iraq Iraq and Syria Syria Even though far from perfect this is a far better approach than simply allowing the crisis to spin out of control with unpredictable interactive consequences Prof Dr Amatzia Baram is a professor of Middle East History and Director of the Center for Iraq Studies at the University of Haifa Professor Baram was born in Kibbutz Kfar Menachem in southern Israel and raised and educated there He served as an officer and commanded tank units in the Armoured Corps during his regular military service from 1956 to 1960 and while in the reserves He was on loan to the Iraqi desk at Military Intelligence as an analyst when soon after the Iraq Iran War began in 1980 After release from regular military service he worked on the kibbutz farm before graduating in biology and teaching sciences at the kibbutz high school He decided on a career change following the Six Day War in 1967 and started his education as an historian of the modern Middle East and Islam in 1971 His latest book Saddam Husayn and Islam 1968 2003 Ba thi Iraq from Secularism to Faith c ame out in November 2014 by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Johns Hopkins University Press The maps have been taken from the article 27 Maps that explain the crisis in Iraq and the article can be found here http www vox com a maps explain crisis

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