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“The Greatest Lost Battle on the German Side”: the Royal Australian Air Force in Bomber Command – Alan Stephens

08 July 2018 Following a week that saw many Australians observe the centenary of the Battle of Hamel and debate the significance of that action, Alan Stephens invites us to consider our views on the unseen Second World War battles in the sky.  Street names at the Australian Defence Force Academy honour notable wartime actions. [...]

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Strategy and Air Power Part 4: From Lust to Dust – Peter Layton

  03 June 2018 In the last of his four part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton argues strategies must be dynamic or they are doomed. Parts one to three can be found here, here, and here. In earlier posts (here, here and here) we discussed three fundamental characteristics of strategy. This post [...]

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Strategy and Air Power Part 3: Ways to Success – Peter Layton

27 May 2018 In the third post of a four-part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton reminds us that strategy is just an idea. Part One in the series, examining the need to define ends, can be found here and Part Two, considering the competition, can be found here. In earlier posts (here [...]

By |May 27th, 2018|Education, History, Strategy, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Strategy and Air Power Part 3: Ways to Success – Peter Layton

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 [...]

Strategy and Air Power Part 1: Defining Objectives – Peter Layton

  13 May 2018 In the first post of a four-part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton discusses the importance of defining objectives to strategy-making. Strategy and air power confuse many, both in and out of uniform. Over four posts we’ll discuss how the two relate; mainly trying to make clear the concept [...]

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Reading military history – Alan Stephens

In this post, Alan Stephens argues the case for military professionals to read history - not for 'lessons' or details, but to appreciate the influence and importance of context in planning and making decisions. According to Stephens, "people who do not read good history cannot achieve professional mastery in the full meaning of the term."  [...]

By |April 29th, 2018|Air Force, Education, History, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Unpacking the Black Box: Air Force Culture and #HighIntensityWar – Ross Mahoney

15 April 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 [...]

#highintensitywar and the Enduring Legacy of Operation Bolo – Tyson Wetzel

25 February 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 being held on 22 March by the [...]

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Combat Power through Organisation Part 4: Evolving the FEG – Brian Weston

14 February 2018 In this final post in his four-part series exploring the history of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) organisational structures, Brian Weston describes the evolution of the RAAF's Force Element Groups (FEG). Though the introduction of new capabilities, the transfer of helicopters to Army, and the evolving operational environment have led to changes in  [...]

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Combat Power through Organisation Part 3: Function over geography – Brian Weston

11 February 2018 In his previous two posts, Brian Weston has described the changes in the RAAF's organisational structure from formation until the end of the Second World War, and the post-war formation of area commands. In the third instalment of this four-part series, he explains the formation of the Force Element Groups (FEGs) which [...]

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