Air Power

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#highintensitywar and the Enduring Legacy of Operation Bolo – Tyson Wetzel

25 February 2018 Editorial Note: Between February and April 2018, The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones, will be publishing a series of articles that examine the requirements of high-intensity warfare in the 21st Century. These articles provide the intellectual underpinnings to a seminar on high-intensity warfare being held on 22 March by the [...]

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Attrition in Fifth-Generation Air Forces during #highintensitywar – Rex Harrison

21 February 2018 From February to April 2018, The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones, will be publishing a series of articles that examine the requirements of high-intensity warfare in the 21st Century. These articles provide the intellectual underpinnings to a seminar on high-intensity warfare being held on 22 March by the Williams Foundation [...]

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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 [...]

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Combat Power through Organisation Part 1: Structuring Air Power – Brian Weston

 12 January 2018 This is the first 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 examines the RAAF prior to, and during, the Second World War. My recent posts focused on the aeroplane and its evolution from airborne [...]

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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... [...]

The year that’s been and what is to come — The Editors

  We started The Central Blue at the end of 2016 with two goals in mind: to provide a forum for the discussion and debate on issues relating to Australian air power, and to encourage airmen to write about their profession of arms. In 2017, our first full year of operation, we made solid progress [...]

By |December 17th, 2017|Review|Comments Off on The year that’s been and what is to come — The Editors

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 [...]

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

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

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