Talking Joint Professional Military Education – Mick Ryan

The Central Blue interviewed Major General Mick Ryan, Commander Australian Defence College (ADC) about his thoughts on the importance of education and continuous learning for the profession of arms. This interview is part of a series to be conducted throughout the year, and we welcome your suggestions on debrief topics and issues. The Central Blue [...]

By |January 27th, 2019|Debriefs, Education, Leadership, Training|0 Comments

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

#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

Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

15 Jul 2018 Olsen, John Andreas (ed.) 2018, Routledge Handbook of Air Power, 1st edition, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London; New York. Air power is a big topic and this is a big book. The Routledge Handbook of Air Power features some thirty well-researched, cutting-edge essays written by highly-regarded experts in their particular specialist [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Air Force, Book review, Education, History, Review, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

Reading military history – Alan Stephens

In this post, Alan Stephens argues the case for military professionals to read history - not for 'lessons' or details, but to appreciate the influence and importance of context in planning and making decisions. According to Stephens, "people who do not read good history cannot achieve professional mastery in the full meaning of the term."  [...]

By |April 29th, 2018|Air Force, Education, History, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Education for 21st Century Aviators – Randall Wakelam

23 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 [...]

By |March 23rd, 2018|#highintensitywar, Education, Organisational Culture, Training|Comments Off on Education for 21st Century Aviators – Randall Wakelam

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

Is the Air Force building a cadre of Operator-Intellectuals? — Jason Begley

  In this post Wing Commander Jason Begley asks whether the Air Force is fostering the Operator-Intellectuals it needs to meet the challenge of a fifth-generation force and explores some of the challenges to the Air Force valuing thinking about thinking as much as it values thinking about technology. During the 2016 Air Power Conference, [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Air Force, Education, Organisational Culture|4 Comments

Silos of Intellectual Excellence — Emily Chapman

  In this post, Emily Chapman makes the case for increased 'jointness' in professional education, outlining a number of proposals to increase collaboration across the services and prevent silos of intellectual excellence.  A single RAAF Officer pitched to a predominately Army audience on the need for a Joint Professional Military Education (PME) Association at the inaugural Defence Entrepreneurs [...]

By |May 12th, 2017|Air Force, Education, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on Silos of Intellectual Excellence — Emily Chapman

Strategy: Key Thinkers: A Review – Travis Hallen

  The study of strategy is a daunting undertaking. Not only must students wade through the dense tomes of the strategy masters but they must also be alive to subtle nuance in the texts, attentive to the significance of word choice, and conversant in the influence of context on the strategists’ theories. Given this complexity, [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Strategy|2 Comments