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War in the Sand Pit – Alexandra McCubbin

  The War in the Sand Pit conference was held 12-13 May 17 to examine perspectives and lessons from Australia’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2014. Hosted by Military History and Heritage Victoria and Australian National University’s Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, the conference addressed  a range of perspectives from speakers with [...]

By |May 19th, 2017|Air Force, Army, History, Navy, Strategy|3 Comments

Silos of Intellectual Excellence – Emily Chapman

  In this post, Emily Chapman makes the case for increased 'jointness' in professional education, outlining a number of proposals to increase collaboration across the services and prevent silos of intellectual excellence.  A single RAAF Officer pitched to a predominately Army audience on the need for a Joint Professional Military Education (PME) Association at the inaugural Defence Entrepreneurs [...]

By |May 12th, 2017|Air Force, Education, Organisational Culture|0 Comments

Air Power Command and Control Part III: … People Determine – Chris McInnes

  This is the third in a three-part series on the development of Western operational-level air power command and control arrangements by Wing Commander Chris McInnes. The first post outlined the impact of ideas on command and control and the second post looked at the shaping role of technology in air power command and control. [...]

By |May 8th, 2017|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|0 Comments

Preparing Air Force’s ISREW Airmen – Paul Hay

  The Air Force's exploitation of its suite of advanced capabilities will hinge on a highly-skilled and agile workforce. In this post, Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that non-commissioned personnel will provide the majority of the needed breadth and depth, and that optimising this workforce to meet future demands requires a different approach to training [...]

By |May 5th, 2017|Air Force, Capability Development|0 Comments

Air Power Command and Control Part II: …Technology Shapes… – Chris McInnes

  This is the second in a three-part series on the development of Western operational-level air power command and control arrangements by Wing Commander Chris McInnes. The first post outlined the impact of ideas on command and control, while this post looks at the shaping role of technology in air power command and control. Technology [...]

Fifth Generation Air Force: An Opportunity for Air Force to Adapt Physical and Medical Employment Standards – Ryan Ashen

  In this post Squadron Leader Ryan Ashen argues that the changing workforce requirements of the Royal Australian Air Force as it transitions to a 'Fifth Generation Air Force' presents an opportunity to review its employment standards. The physical and medical standards of a Fifth Generation Air Force personnel may be quite different. I believe that a Fifth Generation Air Force [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|Air Force|2 Comments

Air Power Command and Control Part I: Ideas Guide… – Chris McInnes

  In a three-part series on the development of Western operational-level air power command and control arrangements, Wing Commander Chris McInnes looks at the interplay of ideas, technology, and people, as well as making some observations on the implications for Australian air power. In this first post, he looks at the ideas of air power [...]

By |April 24th, 2017|Air Force, Future Warfare, Organisational Culture|1 Comment

Reflections on organisational change, merit and bias – Jenna Higgins

  One of the key vectors in the Air Force Strategy 2017-2027 is ‘People Capability’, and Air Force has introduced a variety of strategies to increase representation of women to 25 percent by 2023. In this post, Flight Lieutenant Jenna Higgins reflects on the need to critically examine attitudes to merit and bias in order to bring [...]

By |April 17th, 2017|Air Force, Organisational Culture|4 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 [...]

Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

  This month marks the 75th anniversary of one of Australia’s most important feats of arms, the defence of Port Moresby by the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 75 Squadron in March/April 1942. Between December 1941 and March 1942, Japanese forces shocked Australians when they swept southwards, capturing Malaya, the Netherlands East Indies and Rabaul in [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Air Force, History|0 Comments