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First Class People for a Fifth-Generation Air Force Part 1: Where are We? – Ulie Yildirim

We welcome Ulie Yildirim to The Central Blue to examine concepts of the military profession and discuss the profession’s status and role in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This first of two parts presents an overview of the historical debates surrounding the characterisation of the military profession. ‘[A]lthough one would clearly want to have [...]

#SciFi, #AI – Distributed Ground Station – Australia (DGS-AUS) Operations in 2030 – Rodney Barton

We welcome Rodney Barton back to The Central Blue for his first short story, exploring the potential future of the planned Distributed Ground Station - Australia.   It was a good day for a coup. The Vendilion parliament had just returned for a sitting week to discuss the latest mining deal with the great power [...]

Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare

We are very pleased to welcome Damien Hare to the Central Blue with his fascinating exploration of Operation Carthage and its implications for contemporary operations. The popular perception of bombing in World War II is of inaccuracy and indiscriminate destruction. Despite early intentions to conduct precision raids in Europe, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) [...]

By |June 23rd, 2019|Air Power, History, Royal Australian Air Force|0 Comments

#selfsustain – Far from Sanctuaries: Sustaining a Fifth-Generation Fight in the Indo-Pacific – Donna Cain-Riva

We welcome Donna Cain-Riva to the Central Blue to provide her valuable insights into how the Royal Australian Air Force is considering the #selfsustain challenges of operating a fifth-generation force in a competitive Indo-Pacific. This post is an adaptation of Mrs Cain-Riva’s presentation at the Williams Foundation’s #selfsustain seminar, held in Canberra on 11 April [...]

A Case for a Royal Australian Air Force Regional Mobile Training Team Capability – SGT G

The Australian Government is actively seeking to increase Whole of Government efforts in the South Pacific in a meaningful and consistent way.  In this post, SGT G outlines how the Royal Australian Air Force could contribute to the Australian Defence Force Pacific Mobile Training Team (MTT) through the incorporation of an 'Air Advisor' flight. Competition [...]

By |April 14th, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force, Training|Comments Off on A Case for a Royal Australian Air Force Regional Mobile Training Team Capability – SGT G

#selfsustain – 5th Generation Energy for 5th Generation Air Power – Nicholas Packer

Editorial Note: On 11 April 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining high-intensity operations and sustaining self-reliance. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to establish a common understanding of the importance and challenges of sustaining a self-reliant Australian Defence Force in a challenging environment. In support [...]

By |April 7th, 2019|#Selfsustain, 5th Generation Air Power, Logistics, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – 5th Generation Energy for 5th Generation Air Power – Nicholas Packer

Exercise Red Flag 19-1: Perspectives from the Ground – Jenna Higgins

Military exercises provide an opportunity to observe how Defence doctrine is put into action in the field. Here, Jenna Higgins provides lessons and reflections from her participation in Exercise Red Flag 19-1. As March rolls around, so ends another Exercise Red Flag Nellis (RF-N); an annual, month-long international exercise held at Nellis Air Base, Nevada. [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|#highintensitywar, 5th Generation Air Power, Air Power, Royal Australian Air Force, Training|Comments Off on Exercise Red Flag 19-1: Perspectives from the Ground – Jenna Higgins

The Central Blue: 2018 in Review – Editorial

Two thousand eighteen has been another busy year for The Central Blue as we continue to pursue the blog’s aims of fostering informed discussion and debate on issues relating to Australian air power and encouraging airmen to write about their profession of arms. The Central Blue is now a healthy two-year-old and, like most two-year-olds, [...]

By |December 23rd, 2018|#highintensitywar, #jointstrike, Air Force, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on The Central Blue: 2018 in Review – Editorial