The Afghan Winter 2022 and Afghan Sanctions

01/17/2022
By Pierre Tran Paris - There was perhaps a faint echo of sweeping U.S. sanctions against Vietnam after 1975, as the people of Afghanistan face a winter of starvation due to international restrictions on humanitarian aid and on the Afghan banking system. News pictures of a chaotic evacuation of Afghan…

Final Report: Australia and Shaping a Sovereign Space Strategy

01/17/2022
On 1 December 2021, the Williams Foundation held its second 2021 seminar, this one focused on shaping a way ahead for a sovereign Australian space strategy. That report can be found on the Williams Foundation website as well as on Second Line of Defense and Defense.info. Since 2018, the focus…

France and Indian Defense Cooperation: Perspectives from Parly’s December 2021 Visit

01/14/2022
By India Strategic “France, more than any other country, understands the necessity of the Indian content. And we are fully committed to the Make in India initiative, as well as to the further integration of Indian manufacturers into our global supply chains. Make in India has been a reality for…

Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown on the ADF and Australian Space Capabilities

01/08/2022
By Robbin Laird On 1 December 2021, the Williams Foundation held its second seminar for the year. The first one was in April 2021 and focused on next generation autonomous systems, and the second one focused on the requirements of a sovereign defence space capability for Australia. After drafting the…

Australian Army Establishes Army Aviation Command

01/07/2022
As part of the re-set of the Australian Army to support the evolving Australian defence strategy focused on the Indo-Pacific region, the Army has established a new army aviation command. In an article published on the Australian Department of Defence website on December 2, 2021, this development was highlighted. Chief…

Mobile Basing as a Strategic Capability: The USMC and Re-shaping the Joint and Coalition Force

01/04/2022
By Robbin Laird With the current focus on finding ways for the USMC to better support the joint force, a key opportunity might be overlooked. How might the joint and coalition force reshape themselves to be capable of either doing or leveraging mobile basing? The Marines with their triad of…

Changing the Business Rules: Moving Beyond Slo Mo War Preparation

12/18/2017
2017-12-18 By Brian Morra The Department of Defense’s acquisition system is a major cause of the erosion of the defense capabilities of the United States. This erosion is visible in high profile, fatal accidents like those the US Navy has experienced in the Western Pacific over the past two years.…