Robbin Laird

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  • Nov 19, 2021
    The Marine Forces Special Operations Command provides an interesting case study for the USMC transformation path. It was stood up in 2006 and was clearly part of the response to the...
  • Nov 15, 2021
    In this report, I have brought together my pieces (with one exception) on the CH-53K published since mid-2020. The one exception? II start the report with a NAVAIR press release...
  • Nov 1, 2021
    With the return of the high-end fight, and the challenge of delivering tailored military capabilities to ensure escalation dominance in the maritime domain, a broadened focus on...
  • Oct 21, 2021
    On September 22, 2021, we had a chance to meet Army General (retired) Didier Castres and discuss the evolution of military operations and strategy under president Macron. Castres is...
  • Oct 20, 2021
    During my visit to Europe earlier this Fall, the surprise announcement of the Morrison Administration’s decision to shift from their French alliance to deliver a long-range...
  • Oct 4, 2021
    In addition to the major presentations at the Defence 24 Conference,  I attended panels on naval developments, technological development in the defense sector and tech transfer...
  • Sep 25, 2021
    The decision to build a fleet of nuclear attack submarines is clearly a not a simple platform decision. And its impact is not limited to the Royal Australian Navy or to the allies...
  • Sep 22, 2021
    During my August 2021 visit to MARFORPAC, I had a chance to talk with the specialists in information operations within the command. In particular, I met with Mr. Justin Bogue,...
  • Sep 21, 2021
    During my recent visit to Hawaii, I had a chance to talk with Brigadier General Michael Winkler, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs at the Pacific Air Force. We...
  • Jul 31, 2021
    The Marines are re-focusing their efforts from the Middle East land wars to shaping their way ahead to build a purpose-built force to facilitate sea denial and assured access in...
  • Jul 21, 2021
    With the CMV-22B to be first deployed on the USS Carl Vinson later this year, the pairing of the F-35C with the CMV-22B providing a significant upgrade to the air wing onboard the...
  • Jul 7, 2021
    The strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to the high-end fight revolves around effective crisis management. With the 21st century authoritarian powers working hard to...
  • May 13, 2021
    The standup of the Second Fleet has occurred as the Russians have returned as a direct defense threat to Europe and have ramped up their nuclear capabilities against the United...
  • Apr 13, 2021
    The advantage of visiting two startup commands – C2F and Allied JFC Norfolk – under one Vice Admiral is that one can see how the 21st century navy is being...
  • Apr 5, 2021
    When 2nd Fleet was stood up in 2018, it was not the case of it being re-established. It was an older name but was being stood up in a new historical and military context. It was...
  • Mar 29, 2021
    Last Fall, 2nd Fleet hosted the 2020 version of Black Widow, an Atlantic-focused USW  exercise. But to be completely accurate, although the term ASW is most commonly used,...
  • Mar 22, 2021
    This is a crisis management command, and as such, supports efforts to deal with challenges throughout the region, including those identified associated what Department of Homeland...
  • Mar 17, 2021
    A recent article in the London Times highlighted the new role of the Royal Navy in the Arctic. “The Royal Navy will have a regular presence in the Arctic Circle to...
  • Feb 19, 2021
    Lithuania has banned a Chinese tech firm on security grounds, while Estonia warned the EU on the dangers of both Chinese and Russian espionage.  The Chinese company, Nuctech,...
  • Feb 11, 2021
    The U.S. Navy is already shaping the foundation for the way ahead to build a more lethal and survivable force in dealing with the challenges posed by peer competitors. Such a...
  • Jan 6, 2021
    During my visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing during the first week of December 2020, I had a chance to visit New River Marine Corps Air Station and meet with Lt. Col. Frank, VMX-1, to...
  • Jan 1, 2021
    Last July, North Carolina-based Marines organized an exercise in which they called Deep Water. In a press release from November 5, 2020, this is how II Marine Expeditionary...