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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

#BookReview – Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace – David Hood

Edward Luttwak is a political scientist known for his works on grand strategy, military history, and international relations. Moving to the United States (US) in 1972, Luttwak received a Doctorate in International Studies in 1975 and has served as a consultant to the US National Security Council; the US Department of State; and the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. While [...]

By |April 19th, 2020|Book review, Education, History, Review, Strategy|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

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

Finding the Cognitive Edge – Chris McInnes

23 September 2018 Chris McInnes explores the role of cognition in warfare and asks whether we understand the types of cognition needed in the future, and what we might be able to learn from other disciplines. On 9 June 1982, the Israel Air Force (IAF) destroyed 87 Syrian military aircraft and 17 out of 19 [...]

By |September 23rd, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Education, Future Warfare, History, Leadership, Navy, Organisational Culture, Training, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Finding the Cognitive Edge – Chris McInnes

Preparing to Fight for the Skies Part 2 – Robert Vine

09 September 2018 Robert Vine continues his exploration of the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) future challenges and options for controlling the air by drawing on history to ask whether current training and exercises are optimised for fighting in contested skies. Part one of this series outlined the challenge facing the ADF in an environment where [...]

By |September 9th, 2018|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Future Warfare, History, Leadership, Organisational Culture, Strategy, Training, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Preparing to Fight for the Skies Part 2 – Robert Vine

#jointstrike Thinking to Deter – Andrew Hoffmann

19 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |August 19th, 2018|#jointstrike, Air Force, Capability Development, Education, Future Warfare, History, Strategy, Training|Comments Off on #jointstrike Thinking to Deter – Andrew Hoffmann

#jointstrike Cold War Perspectives – John Conway

17 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |August 17th, 2018|#jointstrike, Capability Development, History, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on #jointstrike Cold War Perspectives – John Conway

#jointstrike Deterring Russia – Hugh White

15 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |August 15th, 2018|#jointstrike, Future Warfare, History, Strategy|Comments Off on #jointstrike Deterring Russia – Hugh White

#jointstrike Part 2: Deterrence, Strike and Australian air power – Jenna Higgins

  12 Aug 18 This post is the second of a two-part series on deterrence. The first sought to define deterrence holistically as an option for national strategy. This post examines how Australian air power has been influenced by the concept of deterrence, and specifically, how this has influenced developing a strike capability. Putting aside [...]

By |August 12th, 2018|#jointstrike, Air Force, Defence White Paper, History, Strategy|Comments Off on #jointstrike Part 2: Deterrence, Strike and Australian air power – Jenna Higgins