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,…

Australia Moves Ahead with Its Working Relationship with Naval Group: The Sub Design Contract

03/05/2019
The Australian government signed an agreement in 2016 with Naval Group to build a new class of attack submarines. There have been challenges to reach a partnering agreement, including intellectual property and other issues. Last month, a core partnering agreement was signed enabling further working relationships to be established essential…

Updated German Defense Report: March 5, 2019

03/05/2019
We have just published the third version of report on German defense. According to Brigadier General (Retired) Meyer sum Felde: “Priority must now be again on collective defence and related high intensity warfighting capabilities for credible deterrence. “The Bundeswehr must become again essential part of the conventional backbone of defence…

Germany and the Return of European Direct Defense: A New Special Report

03/01/2019
“Germany's challenge is to recognize that history and geography have not disappeared as key factors shaping Germany’s prosperity and security; and that Germany needs as well to focus upon re-energizing the European project as well. If Germany became a nation isolated in a disaggregating Europe, Germany itself might disintegrate as a…

The Munich Security Conference 2019: An Overview

02/24/2019
This year's Munich Security Conference 2019 did a good job of reflecting the conventional wisdom in Europe about the Trump Administration, and allowing geopolitical adversaries of the United States a good world stage. And Chancellor Merkel provided a "feel good" speech to rally Europeans nostalgic for a world before Donald…

How the Munich Security Conference Embodied the New Communications Approaches

02/19/2019
Social media, tweeting, and various other coms tools are largely being used either to shape and reinforce self-defined communities or to provide the means to attack “them” while we define “us.” John Stuart Mill would not thrive in this environment. He who knows only his own side of the case,…

The Australian F-35 Decision and the German Tornado Replacement Decision

02/17/2019
By Robbin Laird Having just returned from my latest trip to Germany to discuss the significant challenge facing Germany in shaping a credible force to provide for its direct defense and to contribute effectively to NATO’s overall collective defense, it is clear that for the near to mid term the…

The Challenge Facing a German Reset on Direct Defense: The Perspective of Lt. General (Retired) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

02/16/2019
By Robbin Laird I first had the opportunity to meet Lt. General (Retired) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, a former German Air Chief, last Fall in Berlin at the International Fighter Conference. During my visit to Germany in February 2019, where I was continuing my look at the challenge of building a 21st…