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Strategy and Air Power Part 2: The Forgotten Other Side – Peter Layton

  20 May 2018 In the second post of a four-part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton discusses a frequently overlooked element of air power: the competition. Part One in the series, examining the need to define ends, can be found here. The aviation business is a very complicated one where inattention to [...]

Air Operations at the Level of Boots on the Ground  – Sean Welsh

28 March 2018 Editorial Note: Between February and April 2018, The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones, will be publishing a series of articles that examine the requirements of high-intensity warfare in the 21st Century. These articles provide the intellectual underpinnings to a seminar on high-intensity warfare held on 22 March by the Williams [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Exploiting the Niche: The C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter — Brad Drew

  Is the Spartan a miniature Hercules or an oversized Caribou? Brad Drew argues the Spartan's unique combination of capabilities means the answer is neither. Instead, the Spartan provides a niche capability that enhances Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities across a range of mission sets. The C-27J Spartan's payload, range, and ability to operate onto [...]

By |October 8th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Capability Development|1 Comment

From Second to Fourth Generation: The RAAF’s transition from the Mirage IIIO to the F/A-18A Hornet — Brian Weston

  In his previous post, Brian Weston described the RAAF's transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO during the 1960s. The Mirage IIIO remained in operational RAAF service from 1965 to 1988. The transition from the second generation Mirage to the fourth generation Hornet began with the Government's selection of the Hornet in October [...]

A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

  On Wednesday 23 August, the Williams Foundation hosted a seminar exploring A New Approach and Attitude to Electronic Warfare in Australia. In this post, Wing Commander Travis Hallen reflects on the seminar presentations, outlines the history of electronic attack in the RAAF, and proposes what a new attitude to electronic warfare in Australia may look like. [...]

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