The Next Phase in Shaping an Integrated 21st Air Combat Force: The RAF Adds Wedgetail

03/24/2019
By Robbin Laird My visits to the UK and Australia over the past five years indicate growing working relationships between the two air forces but also that the significant rethink in Australia about shaping a fifth-generation combat force has clearly had its impact and resonance in the United Kingdom as…

The Strategic Shift and Enhanced Force and Combat Sustainability

03/24/2019
The Williams Foundation launched a series of seminars in 2013 which address the transformation of theADF into a fifth generation force.  Last year, we focused on the strategic shift from the land wars to crisis management with peer competitors. The next seminar to be held in Canberra on April 11,…

China’s Regional Bomber and its Potential Impact

03/23/2019
By James Bosbotinis The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) published an unclassified assessment of Chinese military developments on 15 January 2019. The report, China Military Power: Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win, disclosed that China is developing ‘new medium- and long-range stealth bombers to strike regional and global targets’, thus confirming long-standing…

Lessons from the 1980s: Dealing with the Russian Challenge in the 21st Century

03/21/2019
By Robbin Laird I am writing a three-part series to deal with some lessons learned from the 1980s which provided some insights with the current challenge of dealing with Russia. The Cold War is over; but the Russians are back. This is NOT the Cold War; and we do not…

Aussies Work Supply Chain Digitalization on the F-35

03/19/2019
According to a press release from BAE Systems Australia, the company is working with the Commonwealth of Australia to work supply chain innovations with regard to the F-35. Given Australia's role in regional support for the aircraft, this is an especially important effort. BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing…