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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|Comments Off on Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare

#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|Comments Off on #Scifi, #AI – It has always been thus – Jason Begley

#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 [...]

By |June 2nd, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Logistics, National Power, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

#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 [...]

By |May 26th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Capability Development, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont

#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 [...]

By |May 19th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Air Power, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles|Comments Off on #SelfSustain – Breaking the (recent) paradigm – Keirin Joyce

#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 [...]

By |May 12th, 2019|#Selfsustain, 5th Generation Air Power, Logistics, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on #selfsustain – Far from Sanctuaries: Sustaining a Fifth-Generation Fight in the Indo-Pacific – Donna Cain-Riva

#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|Comments Off on #selfsustain – Interests and Values, and Defence Policy – Alan Stephens

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 [...]

By |April 14th, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force, Training|Comments Off on A Case for a Royal Australian Air Force Regional Mobile Training Team Capability – SGT G

#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|Comments Off on #selfsustain – 5th Generation Energy for 5th Generation Air Power – Nicholas Packer