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From Fourth to Fifth Generation: Enter the F-35A Lightning II — Brian Weston

. This is the third in a series of posts by Air Vice-Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) describing the RAAF’s transition through five generations of fighter aircraft. In this post, Weston outlines how the RAAF plans to transition from the F/A-18A to the F-35A without the loss of combat capability.   Australia’s first Lockheed Martin, F-35A Lightning II [...]

By |November 12th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, History, Technology|Comments Off on From Fourth to Fifth Generation: Enter the F-35A Lightning II — Brian Weston

The Devil’s Advocate: Common Operational Picture (COP) — S.C. Collective

  In this post, S.C. Collective assumes the role of the 'devil’s advocate' and challenges the military's beatification of the Common Operational Picture (COP) as a concept and technology. The Advocatus Diaboli (Latin for Devil's Advocate) was formerly an official position within the Catholic Church: one who "argued against the canonization (sainthood) of a candidate [...]

By |November 5th, 2017|Technology|2 Comments

Other Peoples’ Air Power: Air Superiority without Fast Jets — Peter Layton

  Peter Layton continues his analysis of other peoples' air power. In this post, he looks at Russia's use of alternative means to deny the air domain to others while exploiting the third dimension for Russia's own purposes. His first post in this series, looking at Islamic State's air power, is here.   Say ‘air [...]

By |October 15th, 2017|Future Warfare, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Other Peoples’ Air Power: Air Superiority without Fast Jets — Peter Layton

Other Peoples’ Air Power: Islamic State’s Unmanned Air Force — Peter Layton

  Much ink has been spilled on the challenge posed to Western militaries' traditional control of the air domain. In this post, Peter Layton poses a number of questions about the impact of other people's air power. Only states have air forces and only states apply air power.  Or so we mostly think, even if [...]

By |October 1st, 2017|Technology|1 Comment

From Second to Fourth Generation: The RAAF’s transition from the Mirage IIIO to the F/A-18A Hornet — Brian Weston

  In his previous post, Brian Weston described the RAAF's transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO during the 1960s. The Mirage IIIO remained in operational RAAF service from 1965 to 1988. The transition from the second generation Mirage to the fourth generation Hornet began with the Government's selection of the Hornet in October [...]

“Miss Shilling’s Orifice”: Simple solutions to technical issues can make all the difference — Michael Spencer

  All too often air forces tend to associate solutions to capability problems with the use of high-tech, often expensive, fixes. In this post, Squadron Leader Michael Spencer uses the story of Beatrice Shilling to highlight that this should not be the case. Shilling's simple yet effective solution to an engine design flaw that limited [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|History, Technology|Comments Off on “Miss Shilling’s Orifice”: Simple solutions to technical issues can make all the difference — Michael Spencer

A Second Generation Force: The RAAF’s Transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO — Brian Weston

  The arrival of the RAAF's first F-35A will see a generational shift in Australia's air combat capability.  But this is not the first time that the RAAF has undergone a significant generational shift in capability.  In this post, Air-Vice Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) reflects on the experience in transitioning from first to second generation [...]

By |September 10th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, History, Organisational Culture, Technology|Comments Off on A Second Generation Force: The RAAF’s Transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO — Brian Weston

A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

  On Wednesday 23 August, the Williams Foundation hosted a seminar exploring A New Approach and Attitude to Electronic Warfare in Australia. In this post, Wing Commander Travis Hallen reflects on the seminar presentations, outlines the history of electronic attack in the RAAF, and proposes what a new attitude to electronic warfare in Australia may look like. [...]

By |August 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Education, History, Technology|Comments Off on A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

The Internet of ISR — Paul Hay

  If we are already swimming in sensors and drowning in data, what can we do to get our heads above water? Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that the key is not a new sensor, platform, or system but improving the management and integration of the information we already collect to create an Internet of [...]

Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes — Squadron Leader Jimmy

  In the final of his three-post series exploring the potential utility of podded capabilities for the Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader Jimmy uses vignettes to explain how pod-augmented capabilities could be used to enhance air power's contribution to operations. In my previous two posts I have highlighted the potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Future Warfare, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes — Squadron Leader Jimmy