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#ADFRAS2040 – Reflections on the Possibilities of Autonomous Systems – Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland

In the first of The Central Blue’s #ADFRAS2040 series, Drs Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland reflect on the wide-ranging potential of robotic and autonomous systems. Though the path to full autonomy will be a long one, Waters and Bigland draw attention to some of the initial steps that will start the ADF down the right [...]

By |June 14th, 2020|#ADFRAS2040, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare|0 Comments

Swarming it ain’t – Keirin Joyce

We are delighted to welcome Keirin Joyce back to The Central Blue. Few people in Australia can match Keirin’s expertise in or commitment to the Australian Defence Force’s employment of unmanned systems. In this piece, Keirin calls for greater clarity and sobriety when discussing swarming. The First World War saw flights of fighters coordinating among [...]

Call for Submissions: Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2040 – The Central Blue, The Forge, and Grounded Curiosity

How will the future Australian Defence Force (ADF) exploit robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) to gain and maintain advantage across the continuum of competition and conflict? And how can the ADF counter threats to the future force posed by adversary RAS? These are the questions currently being asked by the ADF’s Force Exploration Branch as [...]

Reinterpreting Douhet: Appreciating the Offensive Character of Cyberwarfare – Douglas Holmshaw

Giulio Douhet’s theory of air power continues to be a topic of debate and controversy nearly a century after he wrote Command of the Air. Though some aspects of that book have been soundly discredited, parts of his theory continue to resonate with modern military theorists, particularly in new ‘domains’ such as cyber. In this [...]

By |April 12th, 2020|Australian Defence Force, Cyber Warfare, Future Warfare|1 Comment

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 1 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

By |February 23rd, 2020|Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Strategy|Comments Off on Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 1 – Gus McLachlan

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part III – A New Corps – Mick Ryan

Welcome to 2020! The Central Blue is delighted to launch the new decade with the third part of Mick Ryan’s AugoStrat saga, a part of our #SciFi #AI and the Future of War fiction series. Check out parts one and two and then read on! The holo-screen froze, the people and scene it depicted now [...]

By |January 19th, 2020|AI, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part III – A New Corps – Mick Ryan

Future Workforce 2025 – Scherger Group – Jo Brick

Editorial Note: This article first appeared on The Forge, the website of the Australian Defence College. The Forge exists to build and hone the intellectual edge of member’s operating within the Profession of Arms. We are grateful to The Forge for permission to reproduce this article on The Central Blue. The Scherger Group is a [...]

By |September 15th, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Capability Development, Organisational Culture, Royal Australian Air Force, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Future Workforce 2025 – Scherger Group – Jo Brick

#Scifi, #AI – It has always been thus – Jason Begley

Fiction is playing an increasingly important role in shaping the debate and discussion on the future of warfare. In this short story, Jason Begley explores the enduring nature of technology’s influence on the conduct of war and the challenges associated with managing the short-term benefits gained through a technological edge. Almost dawn. He drew a [...]

By |June 9th, 2019|Fiction, Science Fiction, Technology|Comments Off on #Scifi, #AI – It has always been thus – Jason Begley

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part IIMick Ryan

We are pleased to welcome back Mick Ryan with the second instalment of his short story AugoStrat Awakenings. You can find the first part of this story here. The bright lights and screens of the room hurt her eyes as she opened them after a short nap. The chair was pretty comfortable, but she would [...]

By |March 10th, 2019|AI, Australian Defence Force, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part IIMick Ryan

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesChris McInnes

The Terminator series is something of a touchstone for popular thinking regarding artificial intelligence. Chris McInnes joins the #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series to discuss the insights of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines regarding how think about artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons systems. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (T3) is [...]

By |March 3rd, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesChris McInnes