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Report from the International Fighter Conference 2018: Perspectives on the Way Ahead with Airpower Modernization

11/28/2018This year’s International Fighter Conference held in Berlin provided a chance for the participants and the attendees to focus on the role of fighters in what we have been calling the strategic shift, namely, the shift from the land wars to operating in higher intensity operations against peer competitors. It is clear that combat capabilities… Download PDF Now »
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RAAF F-35s on Their Way Home

12/06/2018By Robbin Laird “Royal Australian Air Force personnel deployed to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, USA prepare the aircraft they will bring home in December 2018. Royal Australian Air… Read more »

Remembering President George H.W. Bush: Germany, The Soviet Union and the First Gulf War

12/03/2018By Robbin Laird It seems a world ago, that George H.W. Bush was President. He was the Vice President for a very controversial President, namely President Reagan and brought with… Read more »

HMAS Arunta Undocking After Major Upgrade

12/03/2018On 28 November 2018, after more than 400 days out of the water, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta undocked to finalise her midlife capability assurance program upgrade at BAE… Read more »

A Building Block in Enhanced European Defense Capabilities: The German-Norwegian Common Submarine Build

12/02/2018The Nordics are clearly working a way ahead for enhanced direct defense of their region. And they are doing so within the context of a reworking of NATO capabilities for… Read more »

New Special Reports on Airpower Modernization: From Berlin and Copenhagen

11/29/2018We have recently published two new Special Reports on airpower modernization. The first has focused on the Danes and their approach to airpower modernization, first with regard to their F-16s… Read more »

An Update on the RAAF F-35: November 2018

11/28/2018We have written a good deal about the coming of the F-35 to the Royal Australian Air Force. Most recently, we visited Williamtown earlier this year and discussed the preparation… Read more »
In Briefs

311th Fighter Squadron Trains With the Marines

12/10/2018Pilots and maintainers assigned to the 311th Fighter Squadron, stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 11, 2018, to train with… Read more »

USMC and Norwegian JTAC Training

12/07/2018U.S. Marines and Norwegian Task Unit soldiers train together using Joint Terminal Attack Controller system (JTAC) to direct Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 F/A-18 aircraft in Setermoen, Norway,… Read more »

With Osprey, 31st MEU Marines Redefine CASEVAC

12/05/2018Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) evacuate a casualty during casualty evacuation training on the flight deck of the USS… Read more »

Amphibious Assault Training: Trident Juncture 2018

12/01/2018Marines and Sailors execute amphibious assault during Trident Juncture 18 in Alvund, Norway Oct. 29, 2018.  The Norwegian geography and climate provides a unique environment for Marines and Sailors to… Read more »

The RAAF P-3s: Adelaide Says Farewell After 50 Years

11/29/2018After 50 years of military service for Australia, the Orion P-3 is being retired, leaving behind a legacy that includes rescuing sailors, searching for MH370, and Middle East missions. On… Read more »

USAF Honors RAAF Air Refuellers

11/29/2018Two Royal Australian Air Force aircraft refuellers have been lauded by their United States counterparts for their contribution to coalition operations in the Middle East. In six months of deployment,… Read more »