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A Second Generation Force: The RAAF’s Transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO – Brian Weston

  The arrival of the RAAF's first F-35A will see a generational shift in Australia's air combat capability.  But this is not the first time that the RAAF has undergone a significant generational shift in capability.  In this post, Air-Vice Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) reflects on the experience in transitioning from first to second generation [...]

An ISR Force by Design – Paul Hay

  This week saw the Australian Defence Force (ADF) undertake its largest amphibious landing since the Second World War as part of its largest and most complex joint and combined exercise, Talisman Sabre. In this post, Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that the Government's investment in airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities presents the [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Army, Capability Development|Comments Off on An ISR Force by Design – Paul Hay

Fifth Generation Air Force: An Opportunity for Air Force to Adapt Physical and Medical Employment Standards – Ryan Ashen

  In this post Squadron Leader Ryan Ashen argues that the changing workforce requirements of the Royal Australian Air Force as it transitions to a 'Fifth Generation Air Force' presents an opportunity to review its employment standards. The physical and medical standards of a Fifth Generation Air Force personnel may be quite different. I believe that a Fifth Generation Air Force [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|Air Force|2 Comments

Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

  This month marks the 75th anniversary of one of Australia’s most important feats of arms, the defence of Port Moresby by the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 75 Squadron in March/April 1942. Between December 1941 and March 1942, Japanese forces shocked Australians when they swept southwards, capturing Malaya, the Netherlands East Indies and Rabaul in [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Air Force, History|Comments Off on Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

Can Air Force prioritise Jointness? – Stephen Edgeley

  When it comes to prioritising jointness, Air Force's history isn't great. Perhaps it's time for the RAAF to appreciate that, for its future combat capabilities to be fully effective, it must change. RAAF helicopters and Australian Army soldiers, Vietnam, c. 1967. Credit: RAAF In Air Force Strategy 2017-2027 Chief of Air Force, [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Future Warfare, History|3 Comments

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea – Alan Stephens

  This week marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, arguably the most significant action fought by Australians during World War II Between December 1941 and April 1942, Imperial Japanese forces shocked Australians with their victories over the United States at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines; and over the British [...]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Air Force, History, Strategy|1 Comment

Australian Defence needs an Office of Robotics – Alan Stephens

  If, as the eminent strategist and military historian Edward Luttwak has argued, the people in our armed services define themselves through their ships, aeroplanes and tanks - a phenomenon he describes as “platformitis” - then the Australian Defence Force’s dominant culture is both obvious and near-impossible to change. As thing stand, for the next [...]

“Ten Propositions Concerning Armed UAVs”: a review – Alan Stephens

Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper detailed the government’s intention to acquire armed unmanned aircraft within the next decade. A paper titled A New Direction for Australian Air Power: Armed Unmanned Aircraft, commissioned by the chief of air force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, and written by Dr Peter Layton, examines the key issues surrounding this often [...]