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Exploiting the Niche: The C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter — Brad Drew

  Is the Spartan a miniature Hercules or an oversized Caribou? Brad Drew argues the Spartan's unique combination of capabilities means the answer is neither. Instead, the Spartan provides a niche capability that enhances Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities across a range of mission sets. The C-27J Spartan's payload, range, and ability to operate onto [...]

By |October 8th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Uncategorized|1 Comment

From Second to Fourth Generation: The RAAF’s transition from the Mirage IIIO to the F/A-18A Hornet – Brian Weston

  In his previous post, Brian Weston described the RAAF's transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO during the 1960s. The Mirage IIIO remained in operational RAAF service from 1965 to 1988. The transition from the second generation Mirage to the fourth generation Hornet began with the Government's selection of the Hornet in October [...]

A Second Generation Force: The RAAF’s Transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO – Brian Weston

  The arrival of the RAAF's first F-35A will see a generational shift in Australia's air combat capability.  But this is not the first time that the RAAF has undergone a significant generational shift in capability.  In this post, Air-Vice Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) reflects on the experience in transitioning from first to second generation [...]

A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

  On Wednesday 23 August, the Williams Foundation hosted a seminar exploring A New Approach and Attitude to Electronic Warfare in Australia. In this post, Wing Commander Travis Hallen reflects on the seminar presentations, outlines the history of electronic attack in the RAAF, and proposes what a new attitude to electronic warfare in Australia may look like. [...]

A Central Blue debrief with Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC – Chief of Air Force

  We are privileged and excited to introduce our first Central Blue debrief with the Chief of Air Force (CAF), Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC. In his debrief, the CAF discusses the value of public debate and outlets such as the Central Blue in generating the airminded strategists necessary for Royal Australian Air Force to realise [...]

The Australian Defence Force’s collaborative future is bright – David Caligari

  In this post, our first serving Australian Army contributor — Captain David Caligari — argues collaboration across the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is imperative if we are to have the edge to fight and win future conflicts. Collaboration is built into our people — can we harness the potential this offers? The barriers to [...]

By |July 30th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Navy|1 Comment

Learning from Exercise BROLGA STRIKE – Emily Chapman

  Military exercises provide an opportunity to observe how Defence doctrine is put into action in the field. Here, Flight Lieutenant Emily Chapman provides lessons and reflections from her participation in the Tactical Air Control Party on Army's Exercise BROLGA STRIKE. Exercise BROLGA STRIKE was the 3rd Combat Brigade’s Combined Arms Training Activity (CATA) conducted over the period [...]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Air Force, Army, Education, Organisational Culture|0 Comments

An ISR Force by Design – Paul Hay

  This week saw the Australian Defence Force (ADF) undertake its largest amphibious landing since the Second World War as part of its largest and most complex joint and combined exercise, Talisman Sabre. In this post, Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that the Government's investment in airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities presents the [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Army, Capability Development|Comments Off on An ISR Force by Design – Paul Hay

The Internet of ISR – Paul Hay

  If we are already swimming in sensors and drowning in data, what can we do to get our heads above water? Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that the key is not a new sensor, platform, or system but improving the management and integration of the information we already collect to create an Internet of [...]

Is the Air Force building a cadre of Operator-Intellectuals? – Jason Begley

  In this post Wing Commander Jason Begley asks whether the Air Force is fostering the Operator-Intellectuals it needs to meet the challenge of a fifth-generation force and explores some of the challenges to the Air Force valuing thinking about thinking as much as it values thinking about technology. During the 2016 Air Power Conference, [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Air Force, Education, Organisational Culture|4 Comments