Air Power

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#SelfSustain – Breaking the (recent) paradigm – Keirin Joyce

We welcome Keirin Joyce to the Central Blue to continue the conversation he began with his presentation at the Williams Foundation’s #selfsustain seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. At the seminar, Keirin challenged us to question our underlying assumptions and beliefs as to what it means to #selfsustain. He continues this logic in this [...]

A different take: Staff work and sporting metaphors – Trav Hallen

  28 April 2019 The contest of ideas needed to drive Australian military concepts and capabilities into the future can take many forms. Unfortunately, most debate occurs in small groups, is cloistered away in hard-to-find directories, and, when it is available in open forums, can take the form of jargon-laden officialese, or be laced with [...]

By |April 28th, 2019|Air Force, Education, Royal Australian Air Force|1 Comment

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

The Central Blue: 2018 in Review – Editorial

Two thousand eighteen has been another busy year for The Central Blue as we continue to pursue the blog’s aims of fostering informed discussion and debate on issues relating to Australian air power and encouraging airmen to write about their profession of arms. The Central Blue is now a healthy two-year-old and, like most two-year-olds, [...]

By |December 23rd, 2018|#highintensitywar, #jointstrike, Air Force, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on The Central Blue: 2018 in Review – Editorial

Finding the Cognitive Edge – Chris McInnes

23 September 2018 Chris McInnes explores the role of cognition in warfare and asks whether we understand the types of cognition needed in the future, and what we might be able to learn from other disciplines. On 9 June 1982, the Israel Air Force (IAF) destroyed 87 Syrian military aircraft and 17 out of 19 [...]

By |September 23rd, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Education, Future Warfare, History, Leadership, Navy, Organisational Culture, Training, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Finding the Cognitive Edge – Chris McInnes

Preparing to Fight for the Skies Part 2 – Robert Vine

09 September 2018 Robert Vine continues his exploration of the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) future challenges and options for controlling the air by drawing on history to ask whether current training and exercises are optimised for fighting in contested skies. Part one of this series outlined the challenge facing the ADF in an environment where [...]

By |September 9th, 2018|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Future Warfare, History, Leadership, Organisational Culture, Strategy, Training, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Preparing to Fight for the Skies Part 2 – Robert Vine

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

#jointstrike Thinking to Deter – Andrew Hoffmann

19 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |August 19th, 2018|#jointstrike, Air Force, Capability Development, Education, Future Warfare, History, Strategy, Training|Comments Off on #jointstrike Thinking to Deter – Andrew Hoffmann

#jointstrike Establishing and Re-establishing Modern Deterrence – Chris Buckley

10 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |August 10th, 2018|#jointstrike, Future Warfare, History, Strategy|Comments Off on #jointstrike Establishing and Re-establishing Modern Deterrence – Chris Buckley

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