5th Generation Air Power

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Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  In the final of his three-post series exploring the potential utility of podded capabilities for the Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader Jimmy uses vignettes to explain how pod-augmented capabilities could be used to enhance air power's contribution to operations. In my previous two posts I have highlighted the potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Future Warfare, Technology|0 Comments

Are we missing out on valuable ISR opportunities? – Paul Hay

  In a future networked force, can we afford to have single-mission platforms? Wing Commander Paul Hay makes the case for air mobility assets to be equipped with additional sensors, in order to optimise every asset and provide airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and communications capability across the operating environment.  The acquisition of a suite [...]

Fifth-Generation Air Power – Editorial

  Given the recent appearance in Australia of F-22s and F-35s, it’s timely to revisit some observations on fifth-generation capabilities made by one of Australia’s first F-22 pilots Earlier this year, twelve USAF F-22s deployed from their home base in Alaska to Tindal and Townsville. It was the first 'Enhanced Air Cooperation' activity in Australia involving [...]

By |March 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|Comments Off on Fifth-Generation Air Power – Editorial

Meeting the challenge of integrated operations – Robbin Laird

  Like the RAAF, the Royal Norwegian Air Force is currently undertaking a major modernisation program, including the acquisition of F-35As, P-8s, and the Joint Strike Missile. While the two air forces’ geopolitical circumstances are very different, the similarities of their organisational approach to managing change are noteworthy Dr Robbin Laird recently interviewed the RNoAF’s [...]

By |March 13th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Future Warfare, Navy, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Meeting the challenge of integrated operations – Robbin Laird

Launch of the Air Force Strategy 2017-2027 – Alexandra McCubbin

  On 27 February, Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies officially launched ‘Air Force Strategy 2017-2027’, a vision for the Royal Australian Air Force to transition and become a fifth-generation Air Force. The Strategy, aimed primarily at Air Force decision-makers, outlines five strategic vectors that will guide Air Force’s trajectory over the next [...]

By |February 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Strategy|Comments Off on Launch of the Air Force Strategy 2017-2027 – Alexandra McCubbin

Australian Defence needs an Office of Robotics – Alan Stephens

  If, as the eminent strategist and military historian Edward Luttwak has argued, the people in our armed services define themselves through their ships, aeroplanes and tanks - a phenomenon he describes as “platformitis” - then the Australian Defence Force’s dominant culture is both obvious and near-impossible to change. As thing stand, for the next [...]

The economics of air power – Alan Stephens

  Economics is almost always a factor in warfare; in the case of advanced air power it is an imperative.   100 million-dollar baby: An RAAF F-35A In the one hundred years since air power was first applied systematically, only a small number of countries have been able to construct balanced, high-quality air [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, History, Strategy, Technology|1 Comment

Dogfight: Start-ups take aim at errant drones – Jeremy Wagstaff & Swati Pandey

  A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky, report Jeremy Wagstaff and Swati Pandey of Reuters An eagle trained by the Netherlands police captures a drone inflight with its claws (photo [...]

Putting F-35B on the Canberra Class LHDs: The Debate Continues – Steve George

  This year's opening article revisits the F-35B debate sparked by Jenna Higgins' post from December 2016. Steve George's response addresses the key issues. Back in November 2014, I wrote a piece for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on potential F-35B operations from the new RAN LHDs (LHD and F-35B: The Debate Opens Up). It received a mention [...]

“Ten Propositions Concerning Armed UAVs”: a review – Alan Stephens

Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper detailed the government’s intention to acquire armed unmanned aircraft within the next decade. A paper titled A New Direction for Australian Air Power: Armed Unmanned Aircraft, commissioned by the chief of air force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, and written by Dr Peter Layton, examines the key issues surrounding this often [...]