Defence Industry and Working with Defence in Shaping a Way Ahead for Autonomous Systems

06/08/2021
By Robbin Laird The development and incorporation of autonomous systems into the Australian fifth-generation force requires a close working relationship between defense industry and the Department of Defence and the services. But also requires meeting the challenge already seen with regard to the introduction of software upgradeable systems such as…

Expanding Capabilities: The Viper Attack Helicopter Adds Link 16

06/07/2021
By Robbin Laird In a press release today, it was announced: "The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully demonstrated in flight testing a two-way connection between the AH-1Z Viper helicopter and a ground station using new Link-16 hardware and software." In the context of reshaping the current force in…

The Australian Army, Navy and Air Force Shape a Way Ahead for the Inclusion of Autonomous Systems

06/05/2021
By Robbin Laird WGCDR Keirin Joyce noted: “All of the services see robotic autonomous systems as a significant part of the road ahead. It’s just that the services are getting after them differently.” At the Williams Foundation seminar held on April 8, 2021, each of the service chiefs provided their…

The Evolution of C2 in II MEF Transformation

06/04/2021
By Robbin Laird As II MEF transforms, a key challenge is force cohesion and force aggregation. For example, with the current Marine Expeditionary Unit, the MEU has a well-defined organic capability which allows it to operate effectively and to scale up with force integration with other force units. But going…

The Eco-System for Next Generation Autonomous Systems and Shaping a Way Ahead for the ADF

06/03/2021
By Robbin Laird In the April 8, 2021, Williams Foundation seminar on Next Generation Autonomous Systems, an important consideration was how the ADF could leverage a broader ecosystem of change in the commercial sector where robotics and artificial intelligence were playing key roles. An important presentation at the seminar was…

Shaping Australian Long-Range Strike: A Role for an Aussie B-21?

06/02/2021
By Marcus Hellyer The government’s 2020 defence strategic update provided refreshing clarity about Australia’s deteriorating strategic environment and the need for new military capabilities to address it. These include long-range strike capabilities to impose greater cost on potential great-power adversaries at greater range from Australia. The government also included a…

Re-shaping North Atlantic Defense: Shaping a Way Ahead for North-Carolina Based Marines

06/01/2021
By Robbin Laird The Navy and the Marines are reworking ways to enhance their warfighting and deterrence capabilities in the North Atlantic. This effort has been referred to as preparing for the “Fourth Battle of the Atlantic” by Adm. James Foggo III, when he was commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa. As CNO Admiral Richardson…