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How can Air Force best attract, recruit, train, educate and retain a workforce of the best available talent? – Shaun McGill

Editorial Note: There is no doubt that people are our greatest asset and the key to fully realising a fifth-generation Air Force. We are pleased to introduce a new contributor to The Central Blue - Shaun McGill. In this essay, he explores how the Royal Australian Air Force might attract the talent needed to make [...]

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 [...]

“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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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 [...]

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Observations on the Character of Future #highintensitywar – Jenna Higgins

21 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 [...]

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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 and the Realistic Training Paradigm: Red Flag and Aerial Warfare – Brian Laslie

28 February 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 [...]

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#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 4: Evolving the FEG – Brian Weston

14 February 2018 In this final post in his four-part series exploring the history of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) organisational structures, Brian Weston describes the evolution of the RAAF's Force Element Groups (FEG). Though the introduction of new capabilities, the transfer of helicopters to Army, and the evolving operational environment have led to changes in  [...]

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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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