Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance: Crafting a Strategic Capability

01/14/2019
On April 11, 2018, the Williams Foundation will hold its latest seminar on shaping 21st deterrence capabilities. The seminar will be held in Canberra, Australia from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM at theNational Gallery of Australia, ACT. The seminar will focus on a key but neglected element of the strategic shift…

First Australian Aegis Destroyer Integrates with US Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability

01/08/2019
By Robbin Laird I visited the HMAS Hobart at Fleet Base East prior to its time conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the US Navy off of the West Coast of the United States. According to Andrew McLaughlin in an article published on January 7, 2019: The tests were conducted…

Algeria Operating New UAVs from UAE and China

01/08/2019
By defenceWeb Algeria’s military has greatly expanded its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet, and is now operating aircraft acquired from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as China. Video footage seen in December revealed that Algeria is operating two types of UAVs built by the UAE’s Adcom Systems, including…

The Gatwick Drone Incident: Networks and Disruptive Challenges

01/03/2019
If ever one wanted proof that disruption of advanced networks is a challenge and a problem, look no further than the recent disruptions of air traffic in the UK and beyond from a reported drone sighting near the airport and the follow on events. Just today, the UK MoD has…

Has Russia Launched the Hypersonic Age?

01/02/2019
By Richard Weitz “This is a great New Year’s present for the country,” President Putin told senior Russian military and political leaders when he oversaw Russia’s successful test of its new Yu-71 Avangard Hypersonic Glider from the country’s National Defense Control Center at the end of December. According to the…

Germany, Direct Defense and Reshaping Coalitions

12/30/2018
By Robbin Laird Recently, I wrote a review of the outstanding book by Sir Paul Lever which examines Germany’s role in Europe and the challenges facing Germany as it shapes its role ahead. His argument is straightforward – the European Union reflects the values and interests of Germany and weaves…

Combat Speed and Combined Arms Offensive Operations: General Monash and the Battle of Le Hamel

12/29/2018
By Robbin Laird Peter FitzSimmons has written a trilogy of books focused on Australia and the First World War. His latest book focuses specifically on an aspect of the First World War that is little known outside of experts or World War I buffs. But it is a story which…

The Indian Air Force Tests Rapid Airlift Capability

12/28/2018
By India Strategic New Delhi. In an effort to evaluate its own ‘Rapid Airlift Capability’ and to enhance crew currency in the role, Western Air Command (WAC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on December 18 airlifted a record 463 tonnes of load from its airbase at Chandigarh to airfields…