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#ADFRAS2040 – Reflections on the Possibilities of Autonomous Systems – Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland

In the first of The Central Blue’s #ADFRAS2040 series, Drs Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland reflect on the wide-ranging potential of robotic and autonomous systems. Though the path to full autonomy will be a long one, Waters and Bigland draw attention to some of the initial steps that will start the ADF down the right [...]

By |June 14th, 2020|#ADFRAS2040, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare|Comments Off on #ADFRAS2040 – Reflections on the Possibilities of Autonomous Systems – Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland

Let’s Make Grand Strategy Great Again – Michael Sleeman

In April 2019, we argued that ‘every staff paper, speech, and brief that remains buried in network folders represents a lost opportunity to inspire the intellect, stimulate the curiosity, and gain the insight of an increasingly engaged professional military community.’ Today’s post is an example of our attempt to address that problem.   This article [...]

By |May 24th, 2020|Australian Defence Force, Strategy|1 Comment

Swarming it ain’t – Keirin Joyce

We are delighted to welcome Keirin Joyce back to The Central Blue. Few people in Australia can match Keirin’s expertise in or commitment to the Australian Defence Force’s employment of unmanned systems. In this piece, Keirin calls for greater clarity and sobriety when discussing swarming. The First World War saw flights of fighters coordinating among [...]

Call for Submissions: Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2040 – The Central Blue, The Forge, and Grounded Curiosity

How will the future Australian Defence Force (ADF) exploit robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) to gain and maintain advantage across the continuum of competition and conflict? And how can the ADF counter threats to the future force posed by adversary RAS? These are the questions currently being asked by the ADF’s Force Exploration Branch as [...]

By |May 10th, 2020|Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy|Comments Off on Call for Submissions: Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2040 – The Central Blue, The Forge, and Grounded Curiosity

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 [...]

Reinterpreting Douhet: Appreciating the Offensive Character of Cyberwarfare – Douglas Holmshaw

Giulio Douhet’s theory of air power continues to be a topic of debate and controversy nearly a century after he wrote Command of the Air. Though some aspects of that book have been soundly discredited, parts of his theory continue to resonate with modern military theorists, particularly in new ‘domains’ such as cyber. In this [...]

By |April 12th, 2020|Australian Defence Force, Cyber Warfare, Future Warfare|1 Comment

Indian Ocean Air Power: Part Three – Consequences for Australia – Peter Layton

In this final of three posts on Indian Ocean air power, Peter Layton turns his attention to the importance of Australian air power in the region. Though the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is a small force, there is more to Australia’s potential contribution to the region than the aircraft it operates. Other contributions include [...]

By |March 22nd, 2020|Air Force, Australian Defence Force, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on Indian Ocean Air Power: Part Three – Consequences for Australia – Peter Layton

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 2 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 1 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

By |February 23rd, 2020|Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Strategy|Comments Off on Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 1 – Gus McLachlan

#5thgenmaneouvre: A Historical Perspective on Manoeuvre – Jo Brick

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation held a seminar examining the requirements of #5thgenmanoeuvre. The seminar aimed to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force must  equip and organise for multi-domain operations. A basic premise was that the new capabilities being introduced into Australian service required an [...]

By |February 16th, 2020|#5thgenmanoeuvre, 5th Generation Air Power, Australian Defence Force|Comments Off on #5thgenmaneouvre: A Historical Perspective on Manoeuvre – Jo Brick