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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 [...]

#jointstrike Deterring Russia – Hugh White

15 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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“The Greatest Lost Battle on the German Side”: the Royal Australian Air Force in Bomber Command – Alan Stephens

08 July 2018 Following a week that saw many Australians observe the centenary of the Battle of Hamel and debate the significance of that action, Alan Stephens invites us to consider our views on the unseen Second World War battles in the sky.  Street names at the Australian Defence Force Academy honour notable wartime actions. [...]

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Strategy and Air Power Part 4: From Lust to Dust – Peter Layton

  03 June 2018 In the last of his four part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton argues strategies must be dynamic or they are doomed. Parts one to three can be found here, here, and here. In earlier posts (here, here and here) we discussed three fundamental characteristics of strategy. This post [...]

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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

Tactical Reconnaissance Redux? The Requirement for Airborne Tactical Reconnaissance in #HighIntensityWar – Rodney Barton

06 Apr 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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Security Forces in #highintensitywar: A Look Back at Airfield Defence for a Future Consideration of the RAAF – Sean Carwardine

07 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 7th, 2018|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power|1 Comment

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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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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The Australian Defence Force’s collaborative future is bright — David Caligari

  In this post, our first serving Australian Army contributor — Captain David Caligari — argues collaboration across the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is imperative if we are to have the edge to fight and win future conflicts. Collaboration is built into our people — can we harness the potential this offers? The barriers to [...]

By |July 30th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Navy|1 Comment