5th Generation Air Power

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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 [...]

Is ‘A’ really better than ‘B’? – Jenna Higgins

  'Flexibility is the key to air power' is one of the favourite clichés of the professional airman. In this post, Flight Lieutenant Jenna Higgins asks if, in light of the USMC's recent successful proof of concept demonstration of the F-35B VSTOL, the ADF should demonstrate flexibility in reviewing the decision of whether to acquire [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Capability Development|18 Comments

Trudeau’s folly: Canada’s new ‘interim’ fighters – Christopher Cowan

  When we discuss the politics of air power it is generally in the context of its employment, not its development. The F-35 appears to have changed this as its cost overruns and production delays have attracted close political scrutiny both in Australia and globally. In this post, originally published on The Strategist on 24 November, Christopher Cowan [...]

By |November 29th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Capability Development|Comments Off on Trudeau’s folly: Canada’s new ‘interim’ fighters – Christopher Cowan

Airpower Reborn: A Review – Travis Hallen

  ‘Anyone writing airpower theory today has a great deal of rewriting to do, because some large conceptual weeds have been allowed to prosper in airpower’s intellectual garden.’   Colin Gray, Airpower Reborn, 179. Giulio Douhet [Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons] When Giulio Douhet wrote and published Command in the Air in 1921 he did [...]

By |October 28th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Review, Strategy|Comments Off on Airpower Reborn: A Review – Travis Hallen

Ghost Fleet: A Review – Jason Begley

  Though a work of fiction, Ghost Fleet stimulates the reader's thinking about a broad range of ideas and issues, encouraging open-mindedness and innovation. This is the type of thinking necessary for the success of the Royal Australian Air Force's Plan JERICHO. [Image Credit: Amazon.com]   Ghost Fleet has attracted extensive attention among military commentators since [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Fiction, Review|Comments Off on Ghost Fleet: A Review – Jason Begley

A Rose by Any Other Name … Ross Mahoney

  Dr Ross Mahoney responds to Robbin Laird's post referring to the F-35 as a 1st Gen flying combat system. Using a platform to define air power concepts is not a new phenomenon, and while we need to encourage innovative thinking about air power we must be willing and able to critique the rise of [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power|3 Comments

The Future for Fifth Generation Warfare is now – Robbin Laird

  Dr Robbin Laird summarises interviews he recently conducted with the RAAF’s chief of staff, Air Marshal Leo Davies; the commander of the RAAF’s Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steven Roberton; and the USAF’s commander of Air Combat Command, General Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle. Dr Laird: “Your Super Hornets flew for the first time in [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power|Comments Off on The Future for Fifth Generation Warfare is now – Robbin Laird

The Third Industrial Revolution and Air Power – Cody Stephens

    The shift from analogue to digital technology that started in the late-1950s and gained serious momentum in the 1970s has now reached lift-off speed. Innovations based on this radical development include advanced computing, the internet, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Such is the magnitude of the change that these and similar technologies are driving [...]

By |October 3rd, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Strategy|3 Comments

Test Pilot Report, F-35 – Major Morten Hanche, RNoAF

  "After neutralizing this advanced surface based air defense system [our flight of four F-35s] destroyed four additional targets. Suffice to say that this mission would have been close to suicide with a four-ship of F-16s alone!" This post was first published by Kampflybloggen (The Combat Aircraft Blog), the official blog of the Norwegian F-35 Program Office [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|3 Comments