Organisational Culture

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First Class People for a Fifth-Generation Air Force Part 2: Where Next? How? – Ulie Yildirim

We welcome Ulie Yildirim back to The Central Blue to continue his exploration of the military profession and discuss the profession’s status and role in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). In these second of two parts, Ulie explores the RAAF’s traditionally successful approach to jurisdictional competition in the profession of arms but argues a [...]

The Central Blue: 2018 in Review – Editorial

Two thousand eighteen has been another busy year for The Central Blue as we continue to pursue the blog’s aims of fostering informed discussion and debate on issues relating to Australian air power and encouraging airmen to write about their profession of arms. The Central Blue is now a healthy two-year-old and, like most two-year-olds, [...]

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How can Air Force best attract, recruit, train, educate and retain a workforce of the best available talent? – Shaun McGill

Editorial Note: There is no doubt that people are our greatest asset and the key to fully realising a fifth-generation Air Force. We are pleased to introduce a new contributor to The Central Blue - Shaun McGill. In this essay, he explores how the Royal Australian Air Force might attract the talent needed to make [...]

By |October 28th, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Education, Ethics, Leadership, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on How can Air Force best attract, recruit, train, educate and retain a workforce of the best available talent? – Shaun McGill

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

Preparing to Fight for the Skies Part 1 – Robert Vine

02 September 2018 Since the end of the Cold War, Western air operations and training  have been built on wresting control of the air over target areas from a defensive adversary to enable follow-on operations. But what if the adversary sought to expand their freedom of action in the air while simultaneously repelling Western efforts [...]

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#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 [...]

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Space-Mindedness: The Application of Space Power – Ryan Sanford

22 July 2018 20 July 2018 marked the 49th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon. To mark that occasion and contribute to the growing discussion regarding Australia's role, interests, and capabilities in space, we are pleased to host our first cross-post from Angle of Attack. In this post, Ryan Sanford [...]

By |July 22nd, 2018|Air Force, Capability Development, Future Warfare, Leadership, Organisational Culture, Space, Technology|Comments Off on Space-Mindedness: The Application of Space Power – Ryan Sanford

Air Force Culture in the 21st Century – Claire Pearson

6 May 2018 “Culture is not made up but something that evolves which is human” – Edward T. Hall Jr., American Anthropologist b.1914 – d. 2009 Culture is what defines, unites, and sets a group apart from others. Within the Air Force, culture drives formal and informal rules in how we behave as a fighting [...]

By |May 6th, 2018|Air Force, Organisational Culture|2 Comments

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 [...]