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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

#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 [...]

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Air Operations at the Level of Boots on the Ground  – Sean Welsh

28 March 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 held on 22 March by the Williams [...]

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The Champion Team to Fight and Win #highintensitywar: The Case for Australian Expeditionary Air Wings – Chris McInnes

11 March 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 Williams Foundation in Canberra, Australia. In this article, Chris McInnes examines [...]

#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 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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