The Strategic Necessity for a U.S. Space Force

09/25/2018
By Brian Morra Discussions in recent days with friends and family indicate that few have a clue as to why establishing a US Space Force might actually be a good idea. Allow me to offer a few reasons: (1) Good government and governance: currently, military space capability is diffused amongst…

The Potential for Remotely Piloted Aircraft for the Australian Defense Force

09/23/2018
By Robbin Laird As Australia looks to expand its sovereign options, expanding the reach of its reconnaissance-strike enterprise is a key tool set to do so. As presenters suggested at the Williams Foundation conference, it was less a question of reaching and striking deep into potential adversaries’ territory and more…

Constrainment, Australia and China: Working the Relationship with Papua New Guinea (Updated)

09/20/2018
Pushing back on the Chinese projection of power into the Pacific is a key priority for the US and the allies. At a recent Williams Seminar, a senior Australian Army official argued that China had already pushed its way out to achieve its first island defense strategy. Clearly, it is…

The Evolving Role of Australian Ground Forces in Australia’s Deterrent Strategy

09/19/2018
By Robbin Laird Australia is building an integrated force and working to extend the reach and range of that force. This is a core effort for the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force and clearly focused on dealing with challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. But what is…

The Second Nuclear Age and Deterrent Options for Australia

09/17/2018
By Robbin Laird The Williams Foundation seminar held on August 23, 2018 on independent strike was operating within the background of the overhanging issue, or the elephant in the room, of the second nuclear age. The question of what deterrence looks like with the rise of new nuclear powers and…

The Role of the Submarine in the Australian Deterrent Strategy

09/16/2018
By Robbin Laird The Williams Foundation seminar on August 23, 2018 focused on the evolving role of independent strike within the evolving Australian deterrent strategy. Currently, the Australian submarine force provides the longest-range stealth strike platform within the ADF.  Although it posseses modest force of six Collins class submarines, the…

The Integrated Force and Deterrence: The Perspective of Air Marshal Davies

09/16/2018
By Robbin Laird In my interview with the head of the Air Warfare Centre, Air Commodore “Joe” Iervasi, prior to the August 23, 2018 Williams Foundation Seminar on independent strike, he raised the key question of the relationship between the ADF building an integrated force and the broader considerations of…