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Still the Right Stuff? Air Force Leadership in the 21st Century – Alan Stephens

On 28 August 2019, the Air Power Development Centre in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) hosted the Sir James Rowland Seminar at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). The seminar focused on Australian Aviation Culture and the enduring Air-minded approach to Air Power. Among an impressive line-up [...]

First Class People for a Fifth-Generation Air Force Part 2: Where Next? How? – Ulie Yildirim

We welcome Ulie Yildirim back to The Central Blue to continue his exploration of the military profession and discuss the profession’s status and role in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). In these second of two parts, Ulie explores the RAAF’s traditionally successful approach to jurisdictional competition in the profession of arms but argues a [...]

By |August 4th, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, Organisational Culture, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on First Class People for a Fifth-Generation Air Force Part 2: Where Next? How? – Ulie Yildirim

Call for Submissions – The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre #5thgenmanoeuvre

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining the requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force must equip and organise for multi-domain operations. In support of the [...]

By |July 28th, 2019|#5thgenmanoeuvre, 5th Generation Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on Call for Submissions – The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre #5thgenmanoeuvre

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 [...]

By |July 21st, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on First Class People for a Fifth-Generation Air Force Part 1: Where are We? – Ulie Yildirim

#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 [...]

By |July 7th, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Royal Australian Air Force, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI – Distributed Ground Station – Australia (DGS-AUS) Operations in 2030 – Rodney Barton

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