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On 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 which started in 2014, and have been focused on the evolution of the ADF to deal with the evolving threats and challenges facing Australia, and its core allies. The first seminar dealt with the launch of the fifth-generation force, and then over the next few years focused…

An Update on the CH-53K, June 2021: Colonel Jack Perrin Provides an Overview

06/16/2021By Robbin Laird The coming of the CH-53KTM to the USMC could not come at a more appropriate time. As the Marines are focused on mobile basing as… Read more »

BALTOPS 50: Part of the Mosaic of Re-Working North Atlantic Defense

06/11/2021By Robbin Laird BALTOPS 50 was begun on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2021. It was first held in 1972 and is an annual military exercise, held… Read more »

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: A Williams Foundation Special Report

06/09/2021On April 8, 2021, the Williams Foundation held a seminar originally scheduled for last March. It was postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As Air Marshal (Retired)… Read more »

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

06/08/2021By 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… Read more »

The Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for II MEF Transformation

06/07/2021By Robbin Laird During late April 2021, I had the chance to visit II MEF at Camp Lejeune. This command is a key part of the overall effort… Read more »

Expanding Capabilities: The Viper Attack Helicopter Adds Link 16

06/07/2021By 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… Read more »

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

06/05/2021By 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… Read more »

The Evolution of C2 in II MEF Transformation

06/04/2021By 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… Read more »

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

06/03/2021By 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… Read more »