Williamtown Airbase Operations, 2020

06/02/2020
We have visited Williamtown Airbase in Australia several times in the past and look forward to future visits. In this posting, we highlight recent flight operations from Williamtown Airbase as seen in the slideshow below. The base is transitioning from a Hornet to an F-35 base which certainly can be…

Working Mobile Basing: Defining the Challenge

05/31/2020
By Robbin Laird The USMC has mobile basing in its DNA. With the strategic shift from the Middle Eastern land wars to full spectrum crisis management, an ability to distribute a force but to do so with capabilities which allow it to be integratable is crucial. For the Marines, this…

Working Expeditionary Basing: MAWTS-1 and the F-35

05/29/2020
By Robbin Laird Over the past few weeks, I have been discussing with USAF and U.S. Navy officers, how the two services are training to shape greater synergy with regard to the integrated distributed force. The fusing of multiple sensors via a common interactive self-healing web enhances the ability of…

The Strategic Shift and Dynamic Targeting: Meeting the Challenge

05/28/2020
By Robbin Laird With the strategic shift from the land wars to the more fluid battlespace involving peer competitors engaged in full spectrum crisis management with the United States and its allies, one aspect of the change for military forces is how to use lethal force effectively. This comes down…

The Return of Direct Defense in Europe and Political Warfare: A Canadian Perspective

05/27/2020
A key part of the direct defense challenge being faced in Europe today is political warfare with the 21st century authoritarian powers. And a key policy instrument being used by both Russia and China WITHIN European states is disinformation guided by an ability to connect that disinformation with the defense…

The “Five Eyes” and Managing Strategic Dependency on China

05/26/2020
Our colleague John Blackburn has highlighted the publication of a new report published by the Henry Jackson Society, based in London. A new report by a UK Think Tank, the Henry Jackson Society, addresses the supply chain dependence on China by the "Five-Eye" powers. Of the five powers, Australia is…