ADF Perspectives on the Way Ahead for the Networked Integrated Force

04/25/2022
By Robbin Laird At the March 24, 2022 Williams Foundation Seminar on the networked integrated force, six ADF officers provided insights with regard to the way ahead for the ADF in building out its networked integrated force. The RAAF perspective was provided by Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, Chief of the…

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Networked Integrated Force: The Perspective of PACAF

04/24/2022
By Robbin Laird General Kenneth Wilsbach, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, is no stranger to the Williams Foundation. When the seminars held by the foundation began in 2018 focusing directly on the strategic shift from the land wars to building the resilient and longer range force for deterrence in the 21st…

Contested Operations and C2: The Halo Solution Set

04/22/2022
By Robbin Laird In my article on meeting the challenge of contested operations and C2, I laid out the nature of the challenge and why meeting the challenge is crucial to combat effectiveness in conflict with peer competitors. I concluded that article with this characterization of the challenge: "How might…

A Key Element of the USMC Transformation Process: First Operational Flight of the CH-53K

04/18/2022
By Robbin Laird The USMC stood up its first operational unit for the CH-53K on January 15, 2022. That unit is Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina and has been designated as the first fleet CH-53K unit. It will be…

The German F-35 Decision and Its Cascading Effects on German Defense

04/12/2022
By Robbin Laird At the end of February 2022, the German chancellor announced a new way ahead with regard to German defense and the immediacy required for upgrading German defense capabilities. Relatively shortly after that the German government announced a decision to acquire F-35s to replace their gaining Tornados, which…

The Amphibious Fleet in Maneuver Warfare: The Return to the Sea and Bold Alligator

01/24/2022
By Robbin Laird I am crafting a series on mobile basing as a strategic capability for the joint force. The strategic importance of mobile basing goes up with the importance of complicating your adversaries’ targeting solutions and force projection targets. Seabasing is clearly a key part of being able to…

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…

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…