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Cold War Nuclear-Powered Hypersonic Missiles: A Successful Failed Innovation – Peter Layton

Russia’s testing of an SSC-X-9 Skyfall hypersonic weapon has rekindled interest in a largely forgotten Cold War technology: nuclear-powered air power. In this article, Peter Layton looks at the history of US development of nuclear-powered weapons in the 1950s and 1960s. In doing so, he highlights that successful innovation does not necessarily require a system [...]

By |May 3rd, 2020|Air Power, History|2 Comments

In Defence of a Balanced Force – Nathan Thompson

The bushfires, floods, and now COVID-19 will change the discussion of national security in Australia. The exact form of that change is still unclear; however, the subject matter experts in the Australian Defence Force must engage in and inform the debate early, consistently, and logically. This post is an example of how. Written before the [...]

#BookReview – Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War IIReviewed by Jo Brick

Phil Haun (ed.), Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2019. Illustrations. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Notes. xvi+297 pp. Let us not be zealots. Let us not plunge thoughtlessly from the old and known to the new and untried. Let us [...]

By |April 5th, 2020|Air Power, Book review|Comments Off on #BookReview – Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War IIReviewed by Jo Brick

Indian Ocean Air Power: Part 2 – Extra-Regional Air Forces – Peter Layton

In this second part of a three-part series exploring Indian Ocean air power, Peter Layton turns his attention to the extra-regional players: The United States, United Kingdom, and France. These powers maintain an interest in the Indian Ocean; any effort to understand the military dynamics in the region must, therefore, include an examination of their [...]

By |March 15th, 2020|Air Power|1 Comment

Indian Ocean Air Power: An Ocean of Air Forces – Peter Layton

The Indian Ocean has become an area of geostrategic competition. As Australia is an Indian Ocean country, it is incumbent our national security community to understand the strategic and military dynamics of the region. The diverse air power capabilities within the region are an important aspect of those dynamics. Over a series of three posts, [...]

By |March 8th, 2020|Air Power|1 Comment

#BookReview – From Kites to Cold War – Reviewed by Travis Hallen

Tyler Morton, From Kites to Cold War: The Evolution of Manned Airborne Reconnaissance. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2019. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. 328 pp. Hindsight tends to make the contingent seem predestined. This is why reading history is essential for those responsible for planning for the future. When military professionals engage with history [...]

By |February 2nd, 2020|Air Power, Book review, History|Comments Off on #BookReview – From Kites to Cold War – Reviewed by Travis Hallen

#5thgenmanoeuvre: More of the Same isn’t the Answer – Peter Hunter

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining the requirements of #5thgenmanoeuvre. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force must equip and organise for multi-domain operations. We are delighted to welcome Peter [...]

By |October 6th, 2019|#5thgenmanoeuvre, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on #5thgenmanoeuvre: More of the Same isn’t the Answer – Peter Hunter

Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare

We are very pleased to welcome Damien Hare to the Central Blue with his fascinating exploration of Operation Carthage and its implications for contemporary operations. The popular perception of bombing in World War II is of inaccuracy and indiscriminate destruction. Despite early intentions to conduct precision raids in Europe, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) [...]

By |June 23rd, 2019|Air Power, History, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare

#SelfSustain – Breaking the (recent) paradigm – Keirin Joyce

We welcome Keirin Joyce to the Central Blue to continue the conversation he began with his presentation at the Williams Foundation’s #selfsustain seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. At the seminar, Keirin challenged us to question our underlying assumptions and beliefs as to what it means to #selfsustain. He continues this logic in this [...]

By |May 19th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Air Power, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles|Comments Off on #SelfSustain – Breaking the (recent) paradigm – Keirin Joyce

Exercise Red Flag 19-1: Perspectives from the Ground – Jenna Higgins

Military exercises provide an opportunity to observe how Defence doctrine is put into action in the field. Here, Jenna Higgins provides lessons and reflections from her participation in Exercise Red Flag 19-1. As March rolls around, so ends another Exercise Red Flag Nellis (RF-N); an annual, month-long international exercise held at Nellis Air Base, Nevada. [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force, Training|Comments Off on Exercise Red Flag 19-1: Perspectives from the Ground – Jenna Higgins