How to Shape a National Security and Defence Strategy for Australia: The Perspective of John Blaxland

06/20/2024
By Robbin Laird RSL Australia has recently released a paper by John Blaxland of the Australian National University which underscores the need for a broader Australian national defence strategy rather than one narrowly focused on the Australian Defence Force. “The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL Australia) was formed…

Ukraine War Underscores Need for Sustained Investments in U.S. Air Superiority

06/19/2024
By Richard Weitz The Ukraine War and other recent conflicts highlight the imperative of preserving U.S. air superiority. Ukraine demonstrates the challenges militaries face when they do not enjoy air superiority. In that conflict, advanced drones have provided the most effective combat air support for both the Russian and Ukrainian…

Australian Defence and Deterrence: A 2024 Update

06/04/2024
We have published our latest book on Australian defence. This book is the second in the series on Australian Defence and Deterrence the first having been published in 2023. The book begins with a contribution by John Blackburn and Anne Borzycki who look at the broad impact of Australian politics…

MajGen Benedict on His Time as CG of 2nd Marine Air Wing

05/22/2024
By Robbin Laird On May 14, 2024, I visited 2nd Marine Air Wing to have the opportunity to speak with the Commanding General of the Wing, MajGen Scott Benedict. This was two days before the change of command and his subsequent retirement after a distinguished career in the Marine Corps…

Australian Defence Strategy in Transition: 2014-2024

05/20/2024
By Robbin Laird I have been coming to Australia since 2014 to participate in and write the seminar reports for the Sir Richard Williams Foundation. What started out as a Foundation focusing primarily on airpower has transitioned over that period to focusing on shaping the ADF as an integrated force,…

What is the Opposite of Surge for Defence: The Australian Government Defence Strategy, 2024

05/17/2024
When the past government and the current one underscored that the warning time for the defence of Australia has been dramatically reduced because of Chinese behavior and lack of commitment to the “rules-based order”, it seemed like a critical turning point. Only it really is not. The current government has…

You Have Heard of a Day Without Space: Now Try Operating Without an Osprey

05/16/2024
By Robbin Laird As the United States faces a global overload of strategic challenges and the concomitant challenge of shaping an effective and capable force to deal with these challenges but having serious budget stringencies, leveraging the unique capabilities which the United States already possesses is crucial. It is nice…

A Focused Force: Autonomous Systems and a Distributed ISR Enterprise

05/14/2024
As the Australian government shifts the direction on building out the ADF future force, having an effective distributed ISR enterprise is a crucial element in enabling such a force. The investments the Australian government is making in the future future force underscores the need to have accurate ISR indispensable for…