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First Class People for a Fifth-Generation Air Force Part 1: Where are We? – Ulie Yildirim

We welcome Ulie Yildirim to The Central Blue to examine concepts of the military profession and discuss the profession’s status and role in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This first of two parts presents an overview of the historical debates surrounding the characterisation of the military profession. ‘[A]lthough one would clearly want to have [...]

#SciFi, #AI – Distributed Ground Station – Australia (DGS-AUS) Operations in 2030 – Rodney Barton

We welcome Rodney Barton back to The Central Blue for his first short story, exploring the potential future of the planned Distributed Ground Station - Australia.   It was a good day for a coup. The Vendilion parliament had just returned for a sitting week to discuss the latest mining deal with the great power [...]

Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare

We are very pleased to welcome Damien Hare to the Central Blue with his fascinating exploration of Operation Carthage and its implications for contemporary operations. The popular perception of bombing in World War II is of inaccuracy and indiscriminate destruction. Despite early intentions to conduct precision raids in Europe, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) [...]

By |June 23rd, 2019|Air Power, History, Royal Australian Air Force|0 Comments

#Scifi, #AI – It has always been thus – Jason Begley

Fiction is playing an increasingly important role in shaping the debate and discussion on the future of warfare. In this short story, Jason Begley explores the enduring nature of technology’s influence on the conduct of war and the challenges associated with managing the short-term benefits gained through a technological edge. Almost dawn. He drew a [...]

By |June 9th, 2019|Fiction, Science Fiction, Technology|0 Comments

#selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, returns to the Central Blue with the second of his two posts on the relationship between Defence and the national support base, David examines how these issues were addressed in post-Cold War uncertainty. Other than times of clear national emergency, the Australian population does not perceive national security as [...]

#selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont

We welcome David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, back to the Central Blue to continue the #selfsustain series in support of the Williams Foundation’s seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. In this first of two posts on how Defence might prepare the national support base for a future war, David examines how these issues [...]

#SelfSustain – Breaking the (recent) paradigm – Keirin Joyce

We welcome Keirin Joyce to the Central Blue to continue the conversation he began with his presentation at the Williams Foundation’s #selfsustain seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. At the seminar, Keirin challenged us to question our underlying assumptions and beliefs as to what it means to #selfsustain. He continues this logic in this [...]

#selfsustain – Far from Sanctuaries: Sustaining a Fifth-Generation Fight in the Indo-Pacific – Donna Cain-Riva

We welcome Donna Cain-Riva to the Central Blue to provide her valuable insights into how the Royal Australian Air Force is considering the #selfsustain challenges of operating a fifth-generation force in a competitive Indo-Pacific. This post is an adaptation of Mrs Cain-Riva’s presentation at the Williams Foundation’s #selfsustain seminar, held in Canberra on 11 April [...]

#selfsustain – Interests and Values, and Defence Policy – Alan Stephens

Editorial Note: We welcome back Alan Stephens to The Central Blue. In this thought-provoking piece, Alan asks us to consider the fundamental question of why #selfsustain matters and the tension between values and interests. Defence policy almost invariably reflects friction between a nation’s interests and its values. While ‘interests’ concern the realm of power politics [...]

By |May 5th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Strategy|0 Comments

A different take: Staff work and sporting metaphors – Trav Hallen

  28 April 2019 The contest of ideas needed to drive Australian military concepts and capabilities into the future can take many forms. Unfortunately, most debate occurs in small groups, is cloistered away in hard-to-find directories, and, when it is available in open forums, can take the form of jargon-laden officialese, or be laced with [...]

By |April 28th, 2019|Air Force, Education, Royal Australian Air Force|1 Comment