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Combat Power through Organisation Part 3: Function over geography – Brian Weston

11 February 2018 In his previous two posts, Brian Weston has described the changes in the RAAF's organisational structure from formation until the end of the Second World War, and the post-war formation of area commands. In the third instalment of this four-part series, he explains the formation of the Force Element Groups (FEGs) which [...]

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A Central Blue debrief with Air Marshal Errol McCormack AO (Retd.)

4 February 2018 In the second Central Blue debrief, we talk with former Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Errol McCormack (Retd.) about his Air Force career, which spanned Konfrontasi to the Australian-led intervention in East Timor. During his 39 year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal McCormack observed the significant [...]

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Combat Power through Organisation Part 2: The end of Area Commands – Brian Weston

  This is the second in a series of posts by Brian Weston describing the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) organisational evolution since the Second World War.  The first post examined the RAAF prior to, and during, the Second World War. This post describes the creation of Area Commands as the initial organisational structure for the [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|1 Comment

Combat Power through Organisation Part 1: Structuring Air Power – Brian Weston

 12 January 2018 This is the first in a series of posts by Brian Weston describing the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) organisational evolution since the Second World War.  The first post examines the RAAF prior to, and during, the Second World War. My recent posts focused on the aeroplane and its evolution from airborne [...]

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The Story of Billy Mitchell — Chris Elles

  “ The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay Innovation within a military environment demands much of its aspiring innovators. It demands audacity, agility, conviction, diplomacy, flexibility, friction, passion, teamwork, tenacity, and vision to name a few of the often unspoken and high costs to successfully achieve it. This is a [...]

By |January 7th, 2018|Air Force, Capability Development, History, Leadership|3 Comments

Call for Submissions: High Intensity Warfare

  Welcome to 2018! As forecast in our 2017 wrap-up post, The Central Blue is collaborating with From Balloons to Drones on a series of posts on high intensity warfare, ahead of a Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminar on 'The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare' on 22 March 2018. Keen to get involved? Read on... [...]

Manned-Unmanned Teaming: “MUM-T’s the Word” — Donald Woldhuis & Michael Spencer

  The integration of manned and unmanned systems may be the next step in the evolution of air operations. In this post, Donald Woldhuis and Michael Spencer describe the US Army's approach to integrating tactical unmanned systems with the AH-64 Apache, referred to as Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T). Is this a capability that smaller forces should [...]

By |December 10th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Future Warfare, Technology|Comments Off on Manned-Unmanned Teaming: “MUM-T’s the Word” — Donald Woldhuis & Michael Spencer

My Fifth Generation — Chris McInnes

  In this post, Chris McInnes provides some thoughts on what he thinks a fifth-generation force looks like. He is not sure he is right and he is pretty sure some of you think he is wrong. He, and we, would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. The Lockheed Martin marketeers that came [...]

OSCAR-5: The First Australian-Built Satellite — Michael Spencer

  The last few months have seen a flurry of announcements relating to Australia's space industry. In July 2017, the Government commenced a review of the Australian space industry, and on 29 September they announced the intention to create an Australian space agency. On the same day, the RAAF and the University of New South [...]

By |November 26th, 2017|Air Force, History, Space|Comments Off on OSCAR-5: The First Australian-Built Satellite — Michael Spencer

From Fourth to Fifth Generation: Enter the F-35A Lightning II — Brian Weston

. This is the third in a series of posts by Air Vice-Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) describing the RAAF’s transition through five generations of fighter aircraft. In this post, Weston outlines how the RAAF plans to transition from the F/A-18A to the F-35A without the loss of combat capability.   Australia’s first Lockheed Martin, F-35A Lightning II [...]

By |November 12th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, History, Technology|Comments Off on From Fourth to Fifth Generation: Enter the F-35A Lightning II — Brian Weston