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My Fifth Generation – Chris McInnes

  In this post, Chris McInnes provides some thoughts on what he thinks a fifth-generation force looks like. He is not sure he is right and he is pretty sure some of you think he is wrong. He, and we, would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. The Lockheed Martin marketeers that came [...]

OSCAR-5: The First Australian-Built Satellite – Michael Spencer

  The last few months have seen a flurry of announcements relating to Australia's space industry. In July 2017, the Government commenced a review of the Australian space industry, and on 29 September they announced the intention to create an Australian space agency. On the same day, the RAAF and the University of New South [...]

By |November 26th, 2017|Air Force, History, Space|0 Comments

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 [...]

Personnel Recovery: Prudent Insurance for a Fifth Generation Force — Andrew Fisher

The execution by Daesh of a downed Jordanian F-16 pilot in 2015 highlighted the importance of personnel recovery in combat zones. In this post, Andrew Fisher argues that the Australian Defence Force can already take steps to develop a personnel recovery capability that will provide the force with an insurance policy for its people and capability. [...]

By |October 22nd, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|2 Comments

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 [...]

Fifth Generation Air Force: An Opportunity for Air Force to Adapt Physical and Medical Employment Standards – Ryan Ashen

  In this post Squadron Leader Ryan Ashen argues that the changing workforce requirements of the Royal Australian Air Force as it transitions to a 'Fifth Generation Air Force' presents an opportunity to review its employment standards. The physical and medical standards of a Fifth Generation Air Force personnel may be quite different. I believe that a Fifth Generation Air Force [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|Air Force|2 Comments

Moving Past the Capability Argument for an Inclusive Military – Jarrod Pendlebury

  The Air Force recognises that diversity in the workplace will both increase the pool of potential recruits, and improve the quality of decision-making in the organisation. In this post 'Social Experimentation and Political Correctness Gone Mad: Moving past the Capability Argument for an Inclusive Military', Wing Commander Jarrod Pendlebury advocates for the need to [...]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Air Force|1 Comment

Innovation versus “Platformitis” – Alan Stephens

   Are Western defence forces obsessed with platforms at the expense of technological innovation? According to a recent history of the US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), they are; furthermore, that reactionary mindset has hampered their development. Innovation or Platformitis? Australia's next submarine, 20 years and $50 billion away In 1945, the [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Navy|Comments Off on Innovation versus “Platformitis” – Alan Stephens