The Chief of the Royal Australian Navy Looks at the Future

04/21/2018
By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to Australia, with a clear focus on supporting the Williams Foundation effort to look at strategic transition facing the allied militaries, I had a chance to continue my discussions with Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy. The Vice Admiral…

The US Army, Innovation and Shaping a Way Ahead for Missile Defense

04/20/2018
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake We had a chance recently to visit Fort Sill and to experience first hand the efforts and thinking of Army innovators shaping a way ahead for Missile Defense. With the Army’s focus on insertion of new capabilities as rapidly as possible and doing so…

Training for the Integrated Battlespace: The Perspective from Fort Sill

04/18/2018
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake When journalists and many policy makers discuss an area like missile defense they often do so from the perspective of catalogue shopping. What items in the catalogue are of interest? And what do they cost? This is often reflected in presenting the reporting and…

The Next Chapter in the Evolution of the KC-30A: An Interview with Air Commodore Bill Kourelakos, Commander Air Mobility Group

04/16/2018
By Robbin Laird During my visit with Murielle Delaporte to RAAF Base Richmond we had a chance to discuss with the new Air Mobility Group (AMG) Commander his perspectives on the way ahead.  We focused primarily upon the KC-30A as well as the introduction of the new C-27J into the…

Providing Support to An Expeditionary Air Force: The Key Role and Challenges for the RAAF’s Combat Support Group

04/15/2018
By Robbin Laird During our latest visit to Australia, we had a chance to talk with the Commander of the RAAF’s Combat Support Group, Air Commodore Ken Robinson at his office at RAAF Amberley. With a country of the size of the United States but only about 25 million people…

Macron, De Gaulle and Working with the Americans and the Russians

04/15/2018
The Syrian crisis and a visit to Washington and a forthcoming visit to Moscow provides the President of the Republic with a chance to channel his inner de Gaulle. And working with President Trump is becoming a forte for Macron as well. President Trump has already visited Paris; now President…

Shaping Infrastructure for Resilience In Protecting the Liberal Democratic Nations: The Case of Energy

04/15/2018
By Robbin Laird It is clear that as the Russians and Chinese enhance their challenges to the liberal democracies, a key requirement for the liberal democracies will be an ability to mobilize under the threat of contested operations and to provide for resilient capabilities to defend the nation and ensure…

The RAAF’s Air Warfare Centre: Focused on Driving Integrated Force Innovations

04/12/2018
By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to Australia, I had a chance to discuss the way ahead for the newly established Air Warfare Centre with its dynamic director, Air Commodore Joe “Vinny” Iervasi. The Air Warfare Centre was launched as part of the Plan Jericho initiative at the…