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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 [...]

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|3 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

Moving Past the Capability Argument for an Inclusive Military – Jarrod Pendlebury

  The Air Force recognises that diversity in the workplace will both increase the pool of potential recruits, and improve the quality of decision-making in the organisation. In this post 'Social Experimentation and Political Correctness Gone Mad: Moving past the Capability Argument for an Inclusive Military', Wing Commander Jarrod Pendlebury advocates for the need to [...]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Air Force|1 Comment

Fifth-Generation Air Power – Editorial

  Given the recent appearance in Australia of F-22s and F-35s, it’s timely to revisit some observations on fifth-generation capabilities made by one of Australia’s first F-22 pilots Earlier this year, twelve USAF F-22s deployed from their home base in Alaska to Tindal and Townsville. It was the first 'Enhanced Air Cooperation' activity in Australia involving [...]

By |March 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|0 Comments

Meeting the challenge of integrated operations – Robbin Laird

  Like the RAAF, the Royal Norwegian Air Force is currently undertaking a major modernisation program, including the acquisition of F-35As, P-8s, and the Joint Strike Missile. While the two air forces’ geopolitical circumstances are very different, the similarities of their organisational approach to managing change are noteworthy Dr Robbin Laird recently interviewed the RNoAF’s [...]

Can Air Force prioritise Jointness? – Stephen Edgeley

  When it comes to prioritising jointness, Air Force's history isn't great. Perhaps it's time for the RAAF to appreciate that, for its future combat capabilities to be fully effective, it must change. RAAF helicopters and Australian Army soldiers, Vietnam, c. 1967. Credit: RAAF In Air Force Strategy 2017-2027 Chief of Air Force, [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Future Warfare, History|3 Comments

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea – Alan Stephens

  This week marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, arguably the most significant action fought by Australians during World War II Between December 1941 and April 1942, Imperial Japanese forces shocked Australians with their victories over the United States at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines; and over the British [...]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Air Force, History, Strategy|1 Comment

Launch of the Air Force Strategy 2017-2027 – Alexandra McCubbin

  On 27 February, Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies officially launched ‘Air Force Strategy 2017-2027’, a vision for the Royal Australian Air Force to transition and become a fifth-generation Air Force. The Strategy, aimed primarily at Air Force decision-makers, outlines five strategic vectors that will guide Air Force’s trajectory over the next [...]

By |February 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Strategy|0 Comments