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#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

A Case for a Royal Australian Air Force Regional Mobile Training Team Capability – SGT G

The Australian Government is actively seeking to increase Whole of Government efforts in the South Pacific in a meaningful and consistent way.  In this post, SGT G outlines how the Royal Australian Air Force could contribute to the Australian Defence Force Pacific Mobile Training Team (MTT) through the incorporation of an 'Air Advisor' flight. Competition [...]

#selfsustain – 5th Generation Energy for 5th Generation Air Power – Nicholas Packer

Editorial Note: On 11 April 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining high-intensity operations and sustaining self-reliance. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to establish a common understanding of the importance and challenges of sustaining a self-reliant Australian Defence Force in a challenging environment. In support [...]

By |April 7th, 2019|#Selfsustain, 5th Generation Air Power, Logistics, Strategy|0 Comments

#selfsustain – Delving into the dark recesses – how do we sustain self-reliance? – David Beaumont

Editorial Note: On 11 April 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining high-intensity operations and sustaining self-reliance. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to establish a common understanding of the importance and challenges of sustaining a self-reliant Australian Defence Force [...]

Exercise Red Flag 19-1: Perspectives from the Ground – Jenna Higgins

Military exercises provide an opportunity to observe how Defence doctrine is put into action in the field. Here, Jenna Higgins provides lessons and reflections from her participation in Exercise Red Flag 19-1. As March rolls around, so ends another Exercise Red Flag Nellis (RF-N); an annual, month-long international exercise held at Nellis Air Base, Nevada. [...]

A nation needs more than a DIME – Konstantin Khomko

We welcome Konstantin Khomko to The Central Blue with a thoughtful exploration of how we think about national power. He suggests that contemporary circumstances require a more expansive and flexible approach to understand and apply national power more effectively. Sun Tzu wrote that ‘if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not to [...]

By |March 24th, 2019|National Power, Strategy|0 Comments

China’s Regional Bomber and its Implications – James Bosbotinis

The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) published an unclassified assessment of Chinese military developments on 15 January 2019. The report, China Military Power: Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win, disclosed that China is developing ‘new medium- and long-range stealth bombers to strike regional and global targets’, thus confirming long-standing rumours regarding a potential regional [...]

By |March 17th, 2019|Air Power, China, Technology|4 Comments