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#highintensitywar: A series introduction – Editors of The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones

18 February 2018 During 2017, a major war on the Korean Peninsula became a distinct possibility. As the rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program heated up, the preparedness of Western militaries to engage in a major war, and the likely cost of such a conflict became regular features in the news cycle. This has had [...]

By |February 18th, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, Future Warfare|0 Comments

Combat Power through Organisation Part 4: Evolving the FEG – Brian Weston

14 February 2018 In this final post in his four-part series exploring the history of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) organisational structures, Brian Weston describes the evolution of the RAAF's Force Element Groups (FEG). Though the introduction of new capabilities, the transfer of helicopters to Army, and the evolving operational environment have led to changes in  [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|0 Comments

Combat Power through Organisation Part 3: Function over geography – Brian Weston

11 February 2018 In his previous two posts, Brian Weston has described the changes in the RAAF's organisational structure from formation until the end of the Second World War, and the post-war formation of area commands. In the third instalment of this four-part series, he explains the formation of the Force Element Groups (FEGs) which [...]

By |February 11th, 2018|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|0 Comments

A Central Blue debrief with Air Marshal Errol McCormack AO (Retd.)

4 February 2018 In the second Central Blue debrief, we talk with former Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Errol McCormack (Retd.) about his Air Force career, which spanned Konfrontasi to the Australian-led intervention in East Timor. During his 39 year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal McCormack observed the significant [...]

A month on from #DEFAus17: An Officer Cadet breakin’ it down – Brent Moloney

28 January 2018   #DEFAus17 is the key event for the Australian Defence Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), affiliated with the US and UK branches as well as the Kiwi Defence Innovation Centre of Excellence. DEF-Aus is a network of serving military personnel who debate future concepts and progress ideas to tangible action. In this post, Brent [...]

Combat Power through Organisation Part 2: The end of Area Commands – Brian Weston

  This is the second in a series of posts by Brian Weston describing the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) organisational evolution since the Second World War.  The first post examined the RAAF prior to, and during, the Second World War. This post describes the creation of Area Commands as the initial organisational structure for the [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|1 Comment

Call for Submissions: High Intensity Warfare

  Welcome to 2018! As forecast in our 2017 wrap-up post, The Central Blue is collaborating with From Balloons to Drones on a series of posts on high intensity warfare, ahead of a Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminar on 'The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare' on 22 March 2018. Keen to get involved? Read on... [...]

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 [...]

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