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This book provides an update on the evolution of the ADF and of Australian defence through the lens of the 2023 Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminars.

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This book describes the coming of the CH-53K Kilo to the USMC and to its first international customer, the Israeli Defence Force. It is based on extensive interviews with the persons involved in the development, testing, build, and maintenance of the new combat air system. For air system it is — built by the digital thread development and manufacturing approach, the aircraft is designed with maintainability and fleet support in operations as a key focus of the program,

If it were called CH-55 instead of the CH-53K perhaps one would get the point that these are very different air platforms, with very different capabilities.

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The Osprey provides an important stimulant for the shift in con-ops whereby the Navy‘s experimentation with distributed operations intersects with the U.S. Air Force’s approach to agile combat employment and the Marine Corps’ renewed interest in Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO).

In other words, the reshaping of joint and coalition maritime combat operations is underway which focuses upon distributed task forces capable of delivering enhanced lethality and survivability.

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Defense XXII: A World in Transition

Deterrence and Warfighting in the XXIst Century

By: Robbin Laird, editor

The essays in this volume address the epochal change we are going through as a society. We have highlighted some of the key developments affecting the evolution of defense and security challenges facing the United States and its key allies, as well as innovations and developments in selected military technologies and concepts of operations.

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A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making

Deterrence and Warfighting in the XXIst Century

By: Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake

As Vice Admiral (Retired) Dewolfe Miller underscores: “Ultimately, peer threats are what drives change and inspires clarity in the way the Navy mans, trains, and equips its forces to defend freedom and deter aggression on a global scale. “A Maritime Kill Web Force in the Making” is the story of the evolution of the US Navy and its preparation for high-end warfare.

“This is essential because the future of combat is to bring trusted and verifiable assets to the fight. The emphasis has been on connectivity, accelerated tactical decision making, as well as common equipment, that allows integration of systems within single services, across services and into allied services in a deliberate and disciplined manner. This publication provides a timely reminder of why the transformation of today’s force is so necessary.”

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With the Russian invasion of Ukraine this year, clearly a new phase in the defense of the liberal democracies has opened up. This challenges our societies to understand how to shape a way ahead with effective defense efforts.

This book focuses on key drivers for change in defense which are reshaping force capabilities and the strategic context within which those capabilities are being shaped. It is about technology, concepts of operations and strategic purposes for defense.

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2020: A Pivotal Year?” addresses the impacts of the COVID-19 disruption on global politics and provides assessments of the ripple effects felt throughout Europe and Asia.

Authors based in Europe, the United States, and Australia have all contributed to this timely and unique assessment.

This is a unique book looking back at the COVID-19 impact and the dynamics of change globally.

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Training for the High End Fight: The Strategic Shift of the 2020s

The Strategic Shift of the 2020s

By: Robbin F. Laird

“Training for the High-End Fight” highlights the essential strategic shift for the US and allied militaries from land wars in the Middle East to the return of great power competition. The primary challenge of this strategic shift will be the need to operate a full spectrum crisis management force. That means training a force capable of delivering the desired combat and crisis management effect in dealing with 21st century authoritarian powers.

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Joint by Design: The Evolution of Australian Defence Strategy

The Reshaping of Australian Defence Policy

By: Robbin F. Laird

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, launched a new defense and security strategy for Australia. This strategy reset puts Australia on the path of enhanced defense capabilities. The change represents a serious shift in its policies towards China, and in reworking alliance relationships going forward. “Joint by Design” is focused on Australian defence modernization and policy, but it is also about preparing liberal democracies around the world for the challenges of the future.

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