Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Trudeau’s folly: Canada’s new ‘interim’ fighters – Christopher Cowan

  When we discuss the politics of air power it is generally in the context of its employment, not its development. The F-35 appears to have changed this as its cost overruns and production delays have attracted close political scrutiny both in Australia and globally. In this post, originally published on The Strategist on 24 November, Christopher Cowan [...]

By |November 29th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Capability Development|0 Comments

Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy: A Review – Jason Begley

  The term ‘Red Team’ has made the transition from its origins within military war-gaming to the lexicon of both government and business. What is less well understood is what a red team is, what it does and does not do, and how and why red-teaming can be helpful to an organisation. In Red Team: [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Strategy|1 Comment

A Day Without an ATO – Chris McInnes

  The Air Tasking Order (ATO) is the cornerstone of modern air power command and control: If you're not on the ATO, you don't fly. But perhaps we have become too wedded to a concept that can be overly restrictive and which can stifle individual initiative. Perhaps we need to loosen the couplings that currently bind [...]

By |November 18th, 2016|Air Force|2 Comments

Strategy: Key Thinkers: A Review – Travis Hallen

  The study of strategy is a daunting undertaking. Not only must students wade through the dense tomes of the strategy masters but they must also be alive to subtle nuance in the texts, attentive to the significance of word choice, and conversant in the influence of context on the strategists’ theories. Given this complexity, [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Strategy|2 Comments

Air Power and the Challenge of Professional Military Education – Ross Mahoney

  The Royal Australian Air Force is experiencing a renewed focus on Professional Military Education and Training (PMET). Not only are reviews underway to identify ways to improve the quality of the current PMET system, but oversight of PMET completion is occurring at the highest levels of the organisation. But as Ross Mahoney, the RAF [...]

By |November 11th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Air Power and the Challenge of Professional Military Education – Ross Mahoney

Looking beyond conflict: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief – Alexandra McCubbin

The demand for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets has grown exponentially in recent years, as commanders recognise the central role of ISR in force protection, situational awareness and decision-making. One area in which ISR can play a vital role – but which has received relatively little attention – is that of humanitarian assistance [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Capability Development|Comments Off on Looking beyond conflict: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief – Alexandra McCubbin

Strategic imagination: why it matters to the Royal Australian Air Force – Oliver Jiang

  Strategic imagination is as important to the Royal Australian Air Force's future success as the innovation that lies at the heart of Plan JERICHO. In this post, Pilot Officer Oliver Jiang defines strategic imagination and explains the importance to developing problem conceptualisers as well as problem solvers. The inability of national intelligence agencies in the [...]

By |November 4th, 2016|Air Force, Strategy|7 Comments

Bomber Close Air Support for the Australian Defence Force? The Case for a Land Strike Capability for the P-8 Poseidon – SGT G.

  The success of the Royal Australian Air Force's Plan JERICHO rests on the development of innovative ways to exploit the capabilities that will enter service over the next decade. Critical to this innovation will be the ideas of those charged with employing Australian airpower on operations. In this post, SGT G, a current serving Combat Controller, [...]

By |November 1st, 2016|Air Force, Capability Development|5 Comments