Capability Development


Dogfight: Start-ups take aim at errant drones – Jeremy Wagstaff & Swati Pandey

  A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky, report Jeremy Wagstaff and Swati Pandey of Reuters An eagle trained by the Netherlands police captures a drone inflight with its claws (photo [...]

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

Putting F-35B on the Canberra Class LHDs: The Debate Continues – Steve George

  This year's opening article revisits the F-35B debate sparked by Jenna Higgins' post from December 2016. Steve George's response addresses the key issues. Back in November 2014, I wrote a piece for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on potential F-35B operations from the new RAN LHDs (LHD and F-35B: The Debate Opens Up). It received a mention [...]

“Ten Propositions Concerning Armed UAVs”: a review – Alan Stephens

Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper detailed the government’s intention to acquire armed unmanned aircraft within the next decade. A paper titled A New Direction for Australian Air Power: Armed Unmanned Aircraft, commissioned by the chief of air force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, and written by Dr Peter Layton, examines the key issues surrounding this often [...]

Is ‘A’ really better than ‘B’? – Jenna Higgins

  'Flexibility is the key to air power' is one of the favourite clichés of the professional airman. In this post, Flight Lieutenant Jenna Higgins asks if, in light of the USMC's recent successful proof of concept demonstration of the F-35B VSTOL, the ADF should demonstrate flexibility in reviewing the decision of whether to acquire [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Capability Development|18 Comments

Trudeau’s folly: Canada’s new ‘interim’ fighters – Christopher Cowan

  When we discuss the politics of air power it is generally in the context of its employment, not its development. The F-35 appears to have changed this as its cost overruns and production delays have attracted close political scrutiny both in Australia and globally. In this post, originally published on The Strategist on 24 November, Christopher Cowan [...]

By |November 29th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Capability Development|Comments Off on Trudeau’s folly: Canada’s new ‘interim’ fighters – Christopher Cowan

Looking beyond conflict: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief – Alexandra McCubbin

The demand for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets has grown exponentially in recent years, as commanders recognise the central role of ISR in force protection, situational awareness and decision-making. One area in which ISR can play a vital role – but which has received relatively little attention – is that of humanitarian assistance [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Capability Development|Comments Off on Looking beyond conflict: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief – Alexandra McCubbin

Bomber Close Air Support for the Australian Defence Force? The Case for a Land Strike Capability for the P-8 Poseidon – SGT G.

  The success of the Royal Australian Air Force's Plan JERICHO rests on the development of innovative ways to exploit the capabilities that will enter service over the next decade. Critical to this innovation will be the ideas of those charged with employing Australian airpower on operations. In this post, SGT G, a current serving Combat Controller, [...]

By |November 1st, 2016|Air Force, Capability Development|5 Comments