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On September 28, 2022, the Williams Foundation hosted its latest seminar. The focus was on the challenges which need to be addressed in making the biggest change to Australian defence seen in recent memory. Rather than focusing on the away games and support for its major ally in such efforts, the focus was returning to the direct defence of Australia and what needs to be done with an adversary which can cut Australia off from…

Distributed Operations and Heavy-Lift: Connecting the Dots and Sustaining the Force

05/20/2022By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to MAWTS-1, I had a chance to talk with two Marine Corps officers with significant experience in working force distribution and… Read more »

ADF and Allied Perspectives on the Way Ahead for Force Modernization

05/15/2022On March 24, 2022, the Williams Foundation held its first of two seminars to be held this year. The seminar was the latest in a series of seminars… Read more »

Training for Enhanced Lethality and Survivability

05/10/2022By Robbin Laird I recently finished my latest report for The Williams Foundation on their March 24, 2022, seminar which focused on shaping a way ahead for the… Read more »

FARPs, Fuel and Expeditionary Basing

05/09/2022By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to MAWTS-1 in April 2022, I had a chance to talk with SSgt Kyle Coutts, a specialist on fuels and providing… Read more »

Accelerating the Transition to a Networked, Integrated Force: A Defense Industrial Perspective

04/26/2022By Robbin Laird Three representatives of the defense industry provided their perspectives on the way ahead for the networked integrated force at the Williams Foundation seminar on March… Read more »

ADF Perspectives on the Way Ahead for the Networked Integrated Force

04/25/2022By Robbin Laird At the March 24, 2022 Williams Foundation Seminar on the networked integrated force, six ADF officers provided insights with regard to the way ahead for… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Networked Integrated Force: The Perspective of PACAF

04/24/2022By Robbin Laird General Kenneth Wilsbach, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, is no stranger to the Williams Foundation. When the seminars held by the foundation began in 2018 focusing… Read more »

Contested Operations and C2: The Halo Solution Set

04/22/2022By Robbin Laird In my article on meeting the challenge of contested operations and C2, I laid out the nature of the challenge and why meeting the challenge… Read more »

A Key Element of the USMC Transformation Process: First Operational Flight of the CH-53K

04/18/2022By Robbin Laird The USMC stood up its first operational unit for the CH-53K on January 15, 2022. That unit is Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 at… Read more »