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Manned-Unmanned Teaming: “MUM-T’s the Word” – Donald Woldhuis & Michael Spencer

  The integration of manned and unmanned systems may be the next step in the evolution of air operations. In this post, Donald Woldhuis and Michael Spencer describe the US Army's approach to integrating tactical unmanned systems with the AH-64 Apache, referred to as Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T). Is this a capability that smaller forces should [...]

By |December 10th, 2017|Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Future Warfare, Technology|0 Comments

OSCAR-5: The First Australian-Built Satellite – Michael Spencer

  The last few months have seen a flurry of announcements relating to Australia's space industry. In July 2017, the Government commenced a review of the Australian space industry, and on 29 September they announced the intention to create an Australian space agency. On the same day, the RAAF and the University of New South [...]

By |November 26th, 2017|Air Force, History, Space|0 Comments

Other Peoples’ Air Power: Air Power With Chinese Characteristics — Peter Layton

  Peter Layton's series on other peoples' air power has included an examination of Islamic State's use of unmanned aircraft and the employment of air power in the Ukraine campaign. In this third post, Dr Layton considers the varied influences on China's approach to air power and it's focus on multi-domain 'firepower warfare'.  In late [...]

By |November 19th, 2017|Future Warfare, Strategy, Technology|0 Comments

From Fourth to Fifth Generation: Enter the F-35A Lightning II — Brian Weston

. This is the third in a series of posts by Air Vice-Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) describing the RAAF’s transition through five generations of fighter aircraft. In this post, Weston outlines how the RAAF plans to transition from the F/A-18A to the F-35A without the loss of combat capability.   Australia’s first Lockheed Martin, F-35A Lightning II [...]

The Devil’s Advocate: Common Operational Picture (COP) — S.C. Collective

  In this post, S.C. Collective assumes the role of the 'devil’s advocate' and challenges the military's beatification of the Common Operational Picture (COP) as a concept and technology. The Advocatus Diaboli (Latin for Devil's Advocate) was formerly an official position within the Catholic Church: one who "argued against the canonization (sainthood) of a candidate [...]

By |November 5th, 2017|Technology|2 Comments

From Second to Fourth Generation: The RAAF’s transition from the Mirage IIIO to the F/A-18A Hornet – Brian Weston

  In his previous post, Brian Weston described the RAAF's transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO during the 1960s. The Mirage IIIO remained in operational RAAF service from 1965 to 1988. The transition from the second generation Mirage to the fourth generation Hornet began with the Government's selection of the Hornet in October [...]

“Miss Shilling’s Orifice”: Simple solutions to technical issues can make all the difference – Michael Spencer

  All too often air forces tend to associate solutions to capability problems with the use of high-tech, often expensive, fixes. In this post, Squadron Leader Michael Spencer uses the story of Beatrice Shilling to highlight that this should not be the case. Shilling's simple yet effective solution to an engine design flaw that limited [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|History, Technology|0 Comments

A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

  On Wednesday 23 August, the Williams Foundation hosted a seminar exploring A New Approach and Attitude to Electronic Warfare in Australia. In this post, Wing Commander Travis Hallen reflects on the seminar presentations, outlines the history of electronic attack in the RAAF, and proposes what a new attitude to electronic warfare in Australia may look like. [...]

By |August 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Education, History, Technology|Comments Off on A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

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

Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  In the final of his three-post series exploring the potential utility of podded capabilities for the Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader Jimmy uses vignettes to explain how pod-augmented capabilities could be used to enhance air power's contribution to operations. In my previous two posts I have highlighted the potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Future Warfare, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes – Squadron Leader Jimmy