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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…

Training for the Interoperable and Integratable Force: Preparing for the High-End Fight

12/01/2021By Robbin Laird To get the kind of combat effect which U.S. forces seek, integratability of key elements of the force is crucial. It is not the old… Read more »

A Discussion with Major General James F. Glynn: The CG of MARSOC

11/30/2021By Robbin Laird The Marine Forces Special Operations Command provides an interesting case study for the USMC transformation path. It was stood up in 2006 and was clearly… Read more »

RAAF Receives Latest Delivery of F-35s: November 2021

11/29/2021By Flying Officer Bronwyn Marchant Air Force has now received 44 of the planned 72 F-35A Lightning II aircraft after three more aircraft touched down at RAAF Base… Read more »

Re-shaping Forces for the High-End Fight: The Challenge of Overcoming the Legacy of the Land Wars

10/29/2021By Robbin Laird With the return of the high-end fight, and the challenge of delivering tailored military capabilities to ensure escalation dominance in the maritime domain, a broadened… Read more »

The Australian Submarine Decision: Challenges and Next Steps

10/26/2021By Robbin Laird The decision by the Morrison Administration to shift from a conventional submarine to a nuclear submarine is part of the strategic reset underway in Australia… Read more »

Task Force 59: Creating Maritime Capabilities for the 5th Fleet Area of Operations

10/24/2021In early September 2021, the U.S. Navy set up a new task force to deliver usable unmanned systems for enhanced maritime capabilities in the 5th Fleet Area of… Read more »

The Three Ts: Training, Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Driving Combat Innovation

10/13/2021By Robbin Laird Training is becoming an advanced weapon system. So much so that the classic formulation of Tactics, Techniques and Procedures upon which training has been built… Read more »

Shaping a Way Ahead for Force Design 2030 in the Pacific: The Perspective of the MARFORPAC G-9 Branch Head

09/30/2021By Robbin Laird Another change since my last visit to MARFORPAC in 2014-2015 was how the distributed laydown begun in that period was being reworked in terms of… Read more »

The Strategic Shift by the Marines in the Pacific: The Logistics Challenges

09/24/2021By Robbin Laird The distributed laydown which started in 2014 has now been re-calibrated to focus on Marines operating further forward in the Pacific and doing so with… Read more »