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#jointstrike Part 2: Deterrence, Strike and Australian air power – Jenna Higgins

  12 Aug 18 This post is the second of a two-part series on deterrence. The first sought to define deterrence holistically as an option for national strategy. This post examines how Australian air power has been influenced by the concept of deterrence, and specifically, how this has influenced developing a strike capability. Putting aside [...]

By |August 12th, 2018|#jointstrike, Air Force, Defence White Paper, History, Strategy|0 Comments

#jointstrike Closing the ADF’s Deterrence Gap – Malcolm Davis

08 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

Australian Defence Strategy and the Rules-Based Global Order: Missing Links and Absent Debate – Angeline Lewis

29 July 2019   Recently criticised as ‘overused and increasingly meaningless,’[1] the problem with the rules-based global order as a national strategy is not inherent lack of meaning. It is the near total lack of robust debate in the Defence and strategic planning communities about the purpose, capability needs and effects of a rules-based defence [...]

By |July 29th, 2018|Air Force, Defence White Paper, Strategy|0 Comments

Space-Mindedness: The Application of Space Power – Ryan Sanford

22 July 2018 20 July 2018 marked the 49th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon. To mark that occasion and contribute to the growing discussion regarding Australia's role, interests, and capabilities in space, we are pleased to host our first cross-post from Angle of Attack. In this post, Ryan Sanford [...]

Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

15 Jul 2018 Olsen, John Andreas (ed.) 2018, Routledge Handbook of Air Power, 1st edition, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London; New York. Air power is a big topic and this is a big book. The Routledge Handbook of Air Power features some thirty well-researched, cutting-edge essays written by highly-regarded experts in their particular specialist [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Air Force, Book review, Education, History, Review, Uncategorized|0 Comments

“The Greatest Lost Battle on the German Side”: the Royal Australian Air Force in Bomber Command – Alan Stephens

08 July 2018 Following a week that saw many Australians observe the centenary of the Battle of Hamel and debate the significance of that action, Alan Stephens invites us to consider our views on the unseen Second World War battles in the sky.  Street names at the Australian Defence Force Academy honour notable wartime actions. [...]

By |July 8th, 2018|Air Force, Education, History|0 Comments

Combat Cloud: A Story – Chris McInnes

24 June 2018 Most readers will have heard or read discussions about the ‘combat cloud’. Like the white fluffy things from which its named is derived, the combat cloud can seem to be an ethereal thing – composed mostly of vapour and not necessarily establishing solid foundations upon which to build. That is a shame, [...]

By |June 24th, 2018|Air Force, Technology|2 Comments

A Central Blue Debrief with Major General Anders Rex

The Central Blue sat down with Chief of Air Staff – Defence Command Denmark, Major General Anders Rex, on the sidelines of the March Williams Foundation seminar, to talk about high intensity warfare, adaptation and training, and recruiting and retention. Major General Rex joined the Danish Air Force in 1994 and has an extensive history [...]

By |June 17th, 2018|#highintensitywar, Air Force|0 Comments

#jointstrike – Call for Submissions – Editorial

10 June 2018 On 23 August, The Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on joint strike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |June 10th, 2018|#jointstrike, Air Force, Army, Education, Future Warfare|0 Comments

Strategy and Air Power Part 4: From Lust to Dust – Peter Layton

  03 June 2018 In the last of his four part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton argues strategies must be dynamic or they are doomed. Parts one to three can be found here, here, and here. In earlier posts (here, here and here) we discussed three fundamental characteristics of strategy. This post [...]

By |June 3rd, 2018|Air Force, History, Strategy|0 Comments