Monthly Archives: September 2016


Anti-Access/Area Denial – Christopher Cowan

  Anti-access/area denial is not as new as you might think. Commonly known as A2/AD, "anti-access/area denial"  has become a hot topic in recent years. Many have detailed the threats that A2/AD weapons systems pose to the US military, especially its aircraft carriers. But those threats aren’t new; A2/AD campaigns have been waged since the Greco-Persian [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Strategy|3 Comments

The ADF after Islamic State – Alan Stephens

  US President Barack Obama recently suggested that the leaders of Islamic State “know they will lose in Syria and Iraq”, and that consequently they’re already “shifting their strategy” to accommodate that impending battlefield defeat. President Obama’s assessment was later repeated by the commander of Australia’s training mission in Iraq, who predicted victory by August [...]

By |September 26th, 2016|Strategy|Comments Off on The ADF after Islamic State – Alan Stephens

Test Pilot Report, F-35 – Major Morten Hanche, RNoAF

  "After neutralizing this advanced surface based air defense system [our flight of four F-35s] destroyed four additional targets. Suffice to say that this mission would have been close to suicide with a four-ship of F-16s alone!" This post was first published by Kampflybloggen (The Combat Aircraft Blog), the official blog of the Norwegian F-35 Program Office [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|3 Comments

The F-35 and the Transformation of Power Projection Forces – Robbin Laird

  The F-35 Lightning II has been operational with the USMC for more than a year, with the USAF for several months, and is nearing introduction into the USN. These services see the F-35 not merely as a new capability, but as part of a much broader transformation of the power projection force. It is [...]

By |September 19th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power|6 Comments

Reduce Flying Hours at Your Peril: Increased Accident Rates in the USN and USMC – Gary Waters

  The decline in USN and USMC non-deployed flying rates are a cause for concern, as demonstrated by increased home station accident rates. Fixing the problem will take time. Concern has arisen over an increase in aircraft crashes in 2016, particularly USN and USMC F/A-18C Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. Since May, four Hornet or Super Hornet [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Aviation Safety|6 Comments

“That’s not very joint”: Air power identity in joint operations – Chris McInnes

That’s not very joint” The quote came from a senior Air Force officer in response to a suggestion of mine. My suggestion was that Air Force elements on operations needed stronger air power identities if we wanted to tell the story of Australian air power better. No one suggests HMAS Perth or 7th Battalion Royal [...]

By |September 12th, 2016|Air Force|4 Comments

Why do we have an Air Force? – Travis Hallen

  Why do we have an Air Force? In addressing that question, can we move beyond the "Justification Cycle"? Before you read any further into this post, I’d ask you to think about a response to the question posed in the title: Why do we have an Air Force? With your answer in mind, please [...]

By |September 5th, 2016|Air Force|11 Comments

Some thoughts on strategy – Alan Stephens

  “Strategy” is one of those words that’s used so widely and in so many different contexts that it often seems to generate confusion. That doesn’t need to be the case, as the nature of Australia’s long-running involvement in the wars in the Middle East can be used to illustrate. Writing in the Fairfax media [...]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Strategy|4 Comments