History

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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

Air Power Command and Control Part III: … People Determine – Chris McInnes

  This is the third in a three-part series on the development of Western operational-level air power command and control arrangements by Wing Commander Chris McInnes. The first post outlined the impact of ideas on command and control and the second post looked at the shaping role of technology in air power command and control. [...]

By |May 8th, 2017|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on Air Power Command and Control Part III: … People Determine – Chris McInnes

Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

  This month marks the 75th anniversary of one of Australia’s most important feats of arms, the defence of Port Moresby by the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 75 Squadron in March/April 1942. Between December 1941 and March 1942, Japanese forces shocked Australians when they swept southwards, capturing Malaya, the Netherlands East Indies and Rabaul in [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Air Force, History|Comments Off on Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

The Hunter Killers: A Review – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  Talk of innovation and the need for cross-pollination to break down stove-pipes is widespread in today's Air Force, but it is sometimes difficult for those in the field to see beyond the strategic messaging to embrace the operational importance of these concepts. In this review of The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|History, Review|Comments Off on The Hunter Killers: A Review – Squadron Leader Jimmy

(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|Comments Off on (Ro)Boots on the ground – Alan Stephens

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

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea – Alan Stephens

  This week marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, arguably the most significant action fought by Australians during World War II Between December 1941 and April 1942, Imperial Japanese forces shocked Australians with their victories over the United States at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines; and over the British [...]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Air Force, History, Strategy|1 Comment

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

The economics of air power – Alan Stephens

  Economics is almost always a factor in warfare; in the case of advanced air power it is an imperative.   100 million-dollar baby: An RAAF F-35A In the one hundred years since air power was first applied systematically, only a small number of countries have been able to construct balanced, high-quality air [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, History, Strategy, Technology|1 Comment