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War in the Sand Pit – Alexandra McCubbin

  The War in the Sand Pit conference was held 12-13 May 17 to examine perspectives and lessons from Australia’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2014. Hosted by Military History and Heritage Victoria and Australian National University’s Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, the conference addressed  a range of perspectives from speakers with [...]

By |May 19th, 2017|Air Force, Army, History, Navy, Strategy|3 Comments

(Ro)Boots on the ground – Alan Stephens

  General Robert Scales argues that it’s time for the West’s armies to face-up to the full implications of the irresistible rise of robots in warfare “In war, boots on the ground are necessary, but we can do much more to reduce the body count” Robert Scales, 8 March 2017 The Past Retired US Army [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|Army, Ethics, Future Warfare, History, Strategy, Technology|0 Comments

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

Fighting in Megacities – Major John Spencer

  It is widely accepted that military forces increasingly are going to have to fight in vast, dense urban areas. US Army Major John Spencer from West Point’s Modern War Institute presents a compelling case for armies to prepare far better for this extraordinarily demanding environment. The issue also demands the serious attention of air [...]

By |February 13th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Capability Development, History|Comments Off on Fighting in Megacities – Major John Spencer

Australian Defence needs an Office of Robotics – Alan Stephens

  If, as the eminent strategist and military historian Edward Luttwak has argued, the people in our armed services define themselves through their ships, aeroplanes and tanks - a phenomenon he describes as “platformitis” - then the Australian Defence Force’s dominant culture is both obvious and near-impossible to change. As thing stand, for the next [...]

Innovation versus “Platformitis” – Alan Stephens

   Are Western defence forces obsessed with platforms at the expense of technological innovation? According to a recent history of the US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), they are; furthermore, that reactionary mindset has hampered their development. Innovation or Platformitis? Australia's next submarine, 20 years and $50 billion away In 1945, the [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Navy|Comments Off on Innovation versus “Platformitis” – Alan Stephens

Taking a step forward on drones – Tim Jones

  Western defence forces need to do more to counter the emerging threat of COTS drones A COTS drone being tested by the US Army Cyber Command In October last year two French soldiers were wounded and two Kurdish fighters were killed in Iraq by a weaponised commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) drone. This event sent shock waves [...]

By |January 16th, 2017|Army, Capability Development|1 Comment

Chicken and Egg: Progressing Air-Land Integration – Nathan Thompson

  One of the key ways of improving air-land integration in the Australian Defence Force is through the conduct of effective joint exercises. In this post, Squadron Nathan Thompson identifies some of the barriers to effective air-land integration and proposes a solution through the adaptation of existing Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force's single-service [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Air Force, Army|2 Comments