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Has air power reached its zenith? — Sanu Kainikara

  In its first century, air power established itself as an indispensable component of any effective military force. In this post, Dr. Sanu Kainikara asks what the next step-change will be that will guide the development of air power into its second century.  In the past few decades, air power, and its application as a weapon [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Future Warfare, Technology|1 Comment

Exploiting Latent Capacity: TacRecce, SAR and GMTI — Squadron Leader Jimmy

  'Podded' capabilities have the potential to significantly increase the flexibility of Air Force assets across a range of traditional and emerging roles. In this second of a three-post series, Squadron Leader Jimmy explores collection options other than full motion video (FMV) that could enhance platform utility and flexibility with minimal interference to traditional mission [...]

By |June 4th, 2017|Air Force, Capability Development, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: TacRecce, SAR and GMTI — Squadron Leader Jimmy

Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation Pods — Squadron Leader Jimmy

  'Podded' capabilities have the potential to significantly increase the flexibility of Air Force assets across a range of traditional and emerging roles. In this first of a three-post series, Squadron Leader Jimmy explores the concept of 'podded' capabilities and how they may increase the utility of aircraft assets across the full spectrum of operations, [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Capability Development, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation Pods — Squadron Leader Jimmy

Air Power Command and Control Part II: …Technology Shapes… — Chris McInnes

  This is the second in a three-part series on the development of Western operational-level air power command and control arrangements by Wing Commander Chris McInnes. The first post outlined the impact of ideas on command and control, while this post looks at the shaping role of technology in air power command and control. Technology [...]

Are we missing out on valuable ISR opportunities? — Paul Hay

  In a future networked force, can we afford to have single-mission platforms? Wing Commander Paul Hay makes the case for air mobility assets to be equipped with additional sensors, in order to optimise every asset and provide airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and communications capability across the operating environment.  The acquisition of a suite [...]

(Ro)Boots on the ground – Alan Stephens

  General Robert Scales argues that it’s time for the West’s armies to face-up to the full implications of the irresistible rise of robots in warfare “In war, boots on the ground are necessary, but we can do much more to reduce the body count” Robert Scales, 8 March 2017 The Past Retired US Army [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|Army, Ethics, Future Warfare, History, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on (Ro)Boots on the ground – Alan Stephens

Meeting the challenge of integrated operations – Robbin Laird

  Like the RAAF, the Royal Norwegian Air Force is currently undertaking a major modernisation program, including the acquisition of F-35As, P-8s, and the Joint Strike Missile. While the two air forces’ geopolitical circumstances are very different, the similarities of their organisational approach to managing change are noteworthy Dr Robbin Laird recently interviewed the RNoAF’s [...]

By |March 13th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Future Warfare, Navy, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Meeting the challenge of integrated operations – Robbin Laird

Coming soon to a city near you? Autonomous “taxi-drones” – Editorial

  The likely introduction of driverless, autonomous "taxi-drones" in major cities may have implications for the military An EHang 184 taxi dronePicture credit: EHang Officials in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have announced their intention to have driverless, automated flying taxis operating over the city by July this year. [...]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Capability Development, Future Warfare, Technology|2 Comments

US Marines seek to destroy enemy drones – Jeff Schogol

  US Marines fighting in the Middle East are using a variety of methods to counter the growing threat of cheap, commercial-off-the-shelf drones Picture credit Daily Telegraph Islamic State fighters in Iraq are expanding the reach and sophistication of their drone fleet. Among other things, they have used quadcopters to drop grenade-sized bombs on [...]

By |February 20th, 2017|Capability Development, Future Warfare, Technology|Comments Off on US Marines seek to destroy enemy drones – Jeff Schogol

The economics of air power – Alan Stephens

  Economics is almost always a factor in warfare; in the case of advanced air power it is an imperative.   100 million-dollar baby: An RAAF F-35A In the one hundred years since air power was first applied systematically, only a small number of countries have been able to construct balanced, high-quality air [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, History, Strategy, Technology|1 Comment