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#BookReview – Military StrategyReviewed by David Hood

Rear Admiral Joseph Caldwell (J.C.) Wylie Jr. served the United States Navy from 1928 until 1972. During that period, he was wartime sailor, executive officer, and commander, as well as chief of staff at the Naval War College. However, he is best known for his 1967 book Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control, [...]

By |March 29th, 2020|Book review, Strategy|0 Comments

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 2 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 1 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

#5thGenManoeuvre: What is 5th Generation Manoeuvre – Interviews

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation held a seminar examining the requirements of #5thgenmanoeuvre. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, was to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must equip and organise for multi-domain operations. [...]

By |December 15th, 2019|#5thgenmanoeuvre, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Strategy|Comments Off on #5thGenManoeuvre: What is 5th Generation Manoeuvre – Interviews

#5thGenManoeuvre: Assured Access for the ADF in the Asia Pacific – Brendan Sargeant

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation held a seminar examining the requirements of #5thgenmanoeuvre. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, was to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must equip and organise for multi-domain operations. Professor Brendan Sargeant was one of [...]

By |November 24th, 2019|#5thgenmanoeuvre, Australian Defence Force, Strategy|Comments Off on #5thGenManoeuvre: Assured Access for the ADF in the Asia Pacific – Brendan Sargeant

Future Workforce 2025 – Scherger Group – Jo Brick

Editorial Note: This article first appeared on The Forge, the website of the Australian Defence College. The Forge exists to build and hone the intellectual edge of member’s operating within the Profession of Arms. We are grateful to The Forge for permission to reproduce this article on The Central Blue. The Scherger Group is a [...]

By |September 15th, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Capability Development, Organisational Culture, Royal Australian Air Force, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Future Workforce 2025 – Scherger Group – Jo Brick

#selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, returns to the Central Blue with the second of his two posts on the relationship between Defence and the national support base, David examines how these issues were addressed in post-Cold War uncertainty. Other than times of clear national emergency, the Australian population does not perceive national security as [...]

By |June 2nd, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Logistics, National Power, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

#selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont

We welcome David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, back to the Central Blue to continue the #selfsustain series in support of the Williams Foundation’s seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. In this first of two posts on how Defence might prepare the national support base for a future war, David examines how these issues [...]

By |May 26th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Capability Development, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont

#selfsustain – Interests and Values, and Defence Policy – Alan Stephens

Editorial Note: We welcome back Alan Stephens to The Central Blue. In this thought-provoking piece, Alan asks us to consider the fundamental question of why #selfsustain matters and the tension between values and interests. Defence policy almost invariably reflects friction between a nation’s interests and its values. While ‘interests’ concern the realm of power politics [...]

By |May 5th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – Interests and Values, and Defence Policy – Alan Stephens

#selfsustain – 5th Generation Energy for 5th Generation Air Power – Nicholas Packer

Editorial Note: On 11 April 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining high-intensity operations and sustaining self-reliance. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to establish a common understanding of the importance and challenges of sustaining a self-reliant Australian Defence Force in a challenging environment. In support [...]

By |April 7th, 2019|#Selfsustain, 5th Generation Air Power, Logistics, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – 5th Generation Energy for 5th Generation Air Power – Nicholas Packer