5th Generation Air Power

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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 [...]

#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 [...]

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

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. [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force, Training|Comments Off on Exercise Red Flag 19-1: Perspectives from the Ground – Jenna Higgins

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Trusted – Marija Jovanovich

Marija Jovanovich joins our #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series with a short, and very human, story on the ups and downs of future technologies. It wasn’t meant to be like this. I’m sitting in this boring beige room, have been for what seems like hours. I don’t know what time they left, [...]

By |February 3rd, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Fiction, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Trusted – Marija Jovanovich

A Central Blue Debrief with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi

04 November 2018 We debrief Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi on what lies ahead for Australian airmen. Our debriefs consist of eight standard questions and two tailored to the individual being debriefed. We plan to publish more over the coming months and welcome your suggestions on debrief targets and issues. The Central Blue (TCB): What [...]

By |November 4th, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Debriefs|Comments Off on A Central Blue Debrief with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi

How can Air Force best attract, recruit, train, educate and retain a workforce of the best available talent? – Shaun McGill

Editorial Note: There is no doubt that people are our greatest asset and the key to fully realising a fifth-generation Air Force. We are pleased to introduce a new contributor to The Central Blue - Shaun McGill. In this essay, he explores how the Royal Australian Air Force might attract the talent needed to make [...]

By |October 28th, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Education, Ethics, Leadership, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on How can Air Force best attract, recruit, train, educate and retain a workforce of the best available talent? – Shaun McGill

Strike, Deterrence, and the Royal Australian Air Force – Jo Brick

30 September 2018 This paper was presented to the Williams Foundation Air Power Seminar on Joint Strike and Deterrence, 23 August 2018 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia. Introduction Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I feel very privileged to address this esteemed audience by starting off this Williams Foundation Joint Strike Seminar. My address [...]

By |September 30th, 2018|#jointstrike, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|Comments Off on Strike, Deterrence, and the Royal Australian Air Force – Jo Brick