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The ADF and the Way Ahead for an Australian Deterrent Strategy

09/24/2018In this report, the major presentations and discussions at the Williams Foundation seminar on the imperative for an independent strike deterrent held on August 23, 2018 in Canberra, Australia are highlighted along with interviews conducted before, during and after the seminar as well. The focus is upon shaping an effective deterrent strategy as the ADF… Download PDF Now »
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The UK Goes on the Cyber Offensive

09/21/2018An offensive cyber-force to combat hostile states, terrorist groups and domestic gangs will be set up by the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ, The Timesunderstands. The £250 million unit will… Read more »

Space Tracking and Dealing with Space Debris: The Role of Two Innovative Smaller Companies

09/21/2018By Robbin Laird When I was in Australia, I had a chance to meet with the Australian company EOS which has very innovative laser tracking technologies which provide for Australia… Read more »

A South African Perspective on Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI)

09/21/2018By Guy Martin Saudi Arabia’s military industry is open for business – and hoping to secure South African ventures before the end of this year. Set up in May last… Read more »

Constrainment, Australia and China: Working the Relationship with Papua New Guinea (Updated)

09/20/2018Pushing back on the Chinese projection of power into the Pacific is a key priority for the US and the allies. At a recent Williams Seminar, a senior Australian Army… Read more »

The Next Phase of Global Transit: Leveraging the Northern Passage

09/20/2018Interestingly, a combination of a Danish transport company, Chinese shipbuilding and Russian clients have put together the next phase of global transit.  A Maersk ship has left Asia bound for… Read more »

5th Gen and the Tactical Leadership Program at Albacete

09/20/2018With the coming of the F-35 to European Air Forces, a key priority is to work the training side of F-35s and fifth generation aircraft with other types of European… Read more »
In Briefs

US-Australian Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative

09/26/2018A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules refuels a United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey at RAAF Base Darwin, as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) initiative. … Read more »

VMFA-121 Operating from the USS Wasp

09/25/2018A detachment of F-35B Lightning II’s with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) March 5, marking the first time the aircraft… Read more »

USMC Sustainment Training

09/24/2018OAHU – U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct Sustainment Training Exercise, July 20, 2018, Hawaii.  This training allowed Marines and Sailors… Read more »

A Japanese ASW Task Force Ventures Into the South China Sea

09/20/2018The Japanese Self Defense force rarely mentions the operations of their submarines, short of participating in an exercise with the United States. But in a recent announcement by the Japanese,… Read more »

Northern Strike 2018

09/20/2018Multi-Agency watercraft simulate multiple maritime water range exercise scenarios, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at Alpena CRTC water range over Lake Huron during exercise Northern Strike 18. Northern Strike 18 is… Read more »

Lift Works Opens in UK to Support the F-35

09/19/2018The UK and the US Marines are the major users for now for the F-35B, although the demand for enhanced operational mobility by air faces direct threats to their land… Read more »

Lightning Strikes at Valiant Shield 2018

09/19/2018“The high-end biennial Valiant Shield exercise kicked off in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday, with some of the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ most advanced platforms participating in… Read more »