An Update on SP-MAGTF: From the Logistical Point of View

05/20/2019
During my recent visit to Australia, a major focus of attention was upon the challenge facing the Australian Defence Force to sustain that force through a crisis period if a peer competitor was involved. And one of the speakers highlighted the significant challenge of moving beyond the Middle Eastern mindset…

Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self-Reliance

04/26/2019
The latest Williams Seminar held in Canberra on April 11, 2019 focused on the strategic shift for Australia within the context of the evolving global situation. Facing the rising challenges posed by the 21stcentury authoritarian states, and by the changing nature of alliances in the Pacific and in Europe, Australia…

Military Logistics: The Bedrock or Quick Sand of Sustained Operations in a Crisis

04/21/2019
By Robbin Laird The Australian Defence Force (ADF) shaped a joint force which was able to self-deploy to the Middle East.  With the RAAF's new force package of advanced tanker, the C-17 and Wedgetail, the ADF experienced a joint capability which it had not had before, one which was featured…

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…

Meeting the Challenge of the Australian Submarine “Gap”: Upgrading the Collins Class

03/05/2019
The decision by the current Australian government to co-develop a new class of attack submarines with the French Naval Group will not deliver the replacement submarines until well into the next decade. This clearly creates what one might call a submarine "gap." Given that attack submarines are the key current…

From the Osprey to the CH-53K: Progress in Building a Maintainable Aircraft

02/21/2019
By Robbin Laird Recently, I visited New River to talk with the team doing the Log Demo in support of the CH-53K. A decade ago I visited the Osprey maintainers standing up the Osprey at New River as well. I have republished a number of those interviews from a decade…

The Osprey at 2nd Marine Air Wing: An Update from Colonel Boniface

02/14/2019
By Robbin Laird During my visit to 2ndMAW in January 2019, I had a chance to talk with the Commanding Officer of MAG-26, Colonel Boniface. I have had the opportunity to talk with Chris Boniface several times since we first met at the Bold Alligator exercises almost a decade ago.…