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China’s Regional Bomber and its Implications – James Bosbotinis

The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) published an unclassified assessment of Chinese military developments on 15 January 2019. The report, China Military Power: Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win, disclosed that China is developing ‘new medium- and long-range stealth bombers to strike regional and global targets’, thus confirming long-standing rumours regarding a potential regional [...]

By |March 17th, 2019|Air Power, China, Technology|4 Comments

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: ChappieDavid McFarlane

David McFarlane joins the #SCiFi, #AI and the Future of War series with this discussion of the movie Chappie, directed by Neill Blomkamp. David argues the movie usefully prompts us to think through how our perceptions of AI will shape relationships, and challenges humans to consider that the notion of unintended consequences in dealing with [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction, Technology|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: ChappieDavid McFarlane

Call for Submissions: #Selfsustain and High-Intensity Operations – Editorial

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 [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Call for Submissions: #Selfsustain and High-Intensity Operations – Editorial

China’s Evolving Long-Range Strike Capability and its Implications – James Bosbotinis

China is developing and deploying a broad-based long-range precision strike capability that will in the near-term enable Beijing to project power regionally, and in the mid-to-long-term, provide global reach. Alongside an already potent force of land-based conventionally-armed precision-guided short and medium-range ballistic missiles, China has also deployed a dual-capable (that is, conventional and nuclear) precision-guided [...]

By |October 15th, 2018|China, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on China’s Evolving Long-Range Strike Capability and its Implications – James Bosbotinis

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 [...]

By |September 2nd, 2018|#highintensitywar, #jointstrike, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Defence White Paper, Future Warfare, Navy, Organisational Culture, Technology, Training|Comments Off on Preparing to Fight for the Skies Part 1 – Robert Vine

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

Combat Cloud: A Story – Chris McInnes

24 June 2018 Most readers will have heard or read discussions about the ‘combat cloud’. Like the white fluffy things from which its named is derived, the combat cloud can seem to be an ethereal thing – composed mostly of vapour and not necessarily establishing solid foundations upon which to build. That is a shame, [...]

By |June 24th, 2018|Air Force, Technology|2 Comments

Army of None: A Review – Sean Welsh

23 May 2018 Scharre, Paul 2018, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, 1st edition, W. W. Norton & Company, New York Well-researched and written in clear and lucid prose, Army of None presents a wealth of intriguing detail on the past, present and future of war. The technology intensive subject of [...]

By |May 23rd, 2018|AI, Book review, Education, Technology|Comments Off on Army of None: A Review – Sean Welsh

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 [...]

Hybrid Warfare, the Electromagnetic Spectrum, and Signposts for #highintensitywar – Squadron Leader Jimmy

11 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 [...]

By |April 11th, 2018|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Future Warfare, Technology|Comments Off on Hybrid Warfare, the Electromagnetic Spectrum, and Signposts for #highintensitywar – Squadron Leader Jimmy