#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: The Long EarthTravis Hallen

Our next contributor to our #scifi #AI series is a long-time advocate of The Central Blue, Wing Commander Travis Hallen with his review of The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. The series underscores the imperative to understand the relationship between ‘superior’ humans and the ‘dim bulbs’ – those who understand and [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|AI, Book review, Future Warfare, Review, Science Fiction|0 Comments

Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

15 Jul 2018 Olsen, John Andreas (ed.) 2018, Routledge Handbook of Air Power, 1st edition, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London; New York. Air power is a big topic and this is a big book. The Routledge Handbook of Air Power features some thirty well-researched, cutting-edge essays written by highly-regarded experts in their particular specialist [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Air Force, Book review, Education, History, Review, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

The year that’s been and what is to come — The Editors

  We started The Central Blue at the end of 2016 with two goals in mind: to provide a forum for the discussion and debate on issues relating to Australian air power, and to encourage airmen to write about their profession of arms. In 2017, our first full year of operation, we made solid progress [...]

By |December 17th, 2017|Review|Comments Off on The year that’s been and what is to come — The Editors

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

“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 [...]

Airpower Reborn: A Review – Travis Hallen

  ‘Anyone writing airpower theory today has a great deal of rewriting to do, because some large conceptual weeds have been allowed to prosper in airpower’s intellectual garden.’   Colin Gray, Airpower Reborn, 179. Giulio Douhet [Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons] When Giulio Douhet wrote and published Command in the Air in 1921 he did [...]

By |October 28th, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Review, Strategy|Comments Off on Airpower Reborn: A Review – Travis Hallen

Ghost Fleet: A Review – Jason Begley

  Though a work of fiction, Ghost Fleet stimulates the reader's thinking about a broad range of ideas and issues, encouraging open-mindedness and innovation. This is the type of thinking necessary for the success of the Royal Australian Air Force's Plan JERICHO. [Image Credit:]   Ghost Fleet has attracted extensive attention among military commentators since [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|5th Generation Air Power, Fiction, Review|Comments Off on Ghost Fleet: A Review – Jason Begley