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The Australian Navy Addresses the Mine Threat

08/17/2017  The Australian Navy is preparing for a new role for unmanned underwater systems in the counter-mine mission.   Read More >>

Advanced Hawkeye Returns to Japan After USS Ronald Reagan Deployment

08/17/2017  The E-2D is the latest variant of the long-running E-2 Hawkeye series of aircraft.   Read More >>

An Introduction to NAWDC: Captain Steinbaugh Provides an Overview

08/17/2017  Captain Leif “Weed” Steinbaugh, Director of Training at NAWDC,  provided us an overview to the facility and to the changes at NAWDC since we last visited Fallon Naval Air Station ...   Read More >>

The OA-X Experiment: A New Way Ahead for USAF Acquisition?

08/16/2017  The USAF leaderhip is touting the light attack aircraft competition as the harbinger of change.   Read More >>

NAWDC and Shaping a 21st Century Combat Force: The Perspective of Admiral “Hyfi” Harris

08/15/2017  In this interview with the head of NAWDC., Admiral “Hi Fi” Harris, the focus and way ahead is the focus of attention.   Read More >>

Allies, Innovations and a Strategic Opportunity for the United States: Leverage and Learn

08/15/2017  There is a significant strategic opportunity to leverage and learn from allies as they develop and deploy their combat forces.   Read More >>

HAVOC Works the Electronic Warfare Payload in the Digital Battlespace

08/14/2017  During our recent visit to NAWDC, we had a chance to talk with the leadership of N-10 or HAVOC as it is known at NAWDC.   Read More >>

Expanding the Reach of the Battlefleet: The Evolving Role of the Advanced Hawkeye

08/14/2017  The E-2D is a key element off reshaping how the Navy is working the digital battlespace.   Read More >>

Largest Air Mobility Command Allied Power Projection Exercise: Mobility Guardian 2017

08/12/2017  Mobility Guardian aims to enhance the U.S. and allied military's global response force.   Read More >>

The North Koreans and Nuclear Weapons: Launching the Second Nuclear Age

08/12/2017  Do the ICBM basing plans of DPRK reveal an offensive nuclear first strike strategy being put into place? ...   Read More >>

Creating a Clean Sheet Light Attack/ISR Aircraft: The Emergence of the Scorpion

08/11/2017  One of the entrants in the USAF light attack aircraft experiment is from Textron Defense with its clean sheet build Light Combat Jet, multi-mission aircraft, the Scorpion.   Read More >>

RCAF at Mobility Guardian 17

08/10/2017  The Canadians are participating in the Mobility Guardian 2017 global lift and support exercise.   Read More >>

Remembering Dunkirk But Hopefully Not Repeating It

08/10/2017  The best way to remember Dunkirk is to ensure that we do not need to repeat it.   Read More >>

The Canadian Role in ASW: An Interview with Lt. General Michael Hood

08/09/2017  In this interview with Lt. General Michael Hood, COS of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the current ASW capabilities of Canada was the focus of attention.   Read More >>

The Marines at Red Flag 17-3: The F-35B Returns to Red Flag

08/09/2017  Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA 211 is the second Marine Corps Squadron to participate in Red Flag.   Read More >>

Allies and Weapons: European Industry Provides Capabilities in Shaping a Way Ahead for Fifth-Generation Enabled Air Combat

08/08/2017  Maximizing effective use of U.S. and allied weapons investments is crucial to provide for new weapons.   Read More >>

Talisman Saber Fleet Aerials 

08/07/2017  Exercise Talisman Saber is the largest combined, joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).   Read More >>

The Challenge of Setting in Motion US Foreign and Defense Policy Regime Change: The Perspective of Ron Maxwell

07/31/2017  Ron Maxwell looks at the challenge of setting in motion change in US foreign and defense policy.   Read More >>

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Mobility Guardian 17: Elephant Walk

08/17/2017  Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Elephant Walk ...   Read More >>

33rd Fighter Wing Returns after Red Flag 17-3

08/17/2017  Video:33rd Fighter Wing Returns after Red Flag 17-3 ...   Read More >>

CH-53E Training

08/15/2017  VIDEO:CH-53E Training ...   Read More >>

Repairing the Memphis Belle

08/13/2017  Video:Repairing the Memphis Belle ...   Read More >>

A400M at Mobility Guardian 2017

08/12/2017  The A400M with the French and Royal Air Forces came for the first time to Mobility Guardian 2017.   Read More >>

Mobility Guardian 17: Building the Drop Payload

08/12/2017  Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Building the Drop Payload ...   Read More >>

Mobility Guardian 17: Aero Medivac Contributions

08/11/2017  Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Building the Drop Payload ...   Read More >>

Marine Corps Operating Concept and the Shift from Slo Mo War

08/09/2017  Video:Marine Corps Operating Concept and the Shift from Slo Mo War ...   Read More >>

Aeromedical Evacuation Training 

08/08/2017  Video:Aeromedical Evacuation Training ...   Read More >>

HMAS Canberra in Talisman Saber 17

08/07/2017  Video:HMAS Canberra in Talisman Saber 17 ...   Read More >>

Shaping Nanosats

08/06/2017  Dr. David Wayne and his team are developing sensor suites to be used on low size, weight and power consuming nano-satellites.   Read More >>

F-22 Flightline

08/06/2017  Video:F-22 Flightline ...   Read More >>

Enhanced Polar System Gateway

08/03/2017  The Chief Engineer for Enhanced Polar Systems Gateway at SSC Pacific discusses his work.   Read More >>

Crafting New Ways to Work Underwater Power Systems

08/02/2017  Scientist at Space SSC Pacific discusses what he and his team are doing to advance wireless underwater power transfer technologies.   Read More >>

Working on Robotic Amphibious Vehicles

08/01/2017  Engineer at SSC Pacific discusses his work in developing autonomous amphibious vehicles for the US Navy.   Read More >>

Speaking of Software Code: The 2015 Ford GT Supercar Has More than an F-35

07/31/2017  The 2017 Ford GT Supercar contains more code than the F-35.   Read More >>

F-35 Fleet Passes 100,000 Flight Hour Mark

07/31/2017  The F-35 fleet has flown more than 100,000 flight hours.   Read More >>

U.S. Army Working on Interactive UAV

07/29/2017   Army researchers are looking for new ways to give situational awareness to Soldiers on the battlefield of the ...   Read More >>

The B-1B Bomber in Support of the Talisman Saber 2017 Exercise

07/24/2017  The modest sized US bomber force has been busy in the Pacific.   Read More >>

HMAS Arunta Completes Deployment  to the Middle East

07/23/2017  Video:HMAS Arunta Completes Deployment  to the Middle East ...   Read More >>

RAAF Amberley in Support of Talisman Saber 2017

07/22/2017  RAAF Amberley is playing a key role in supporting Talisman Saber 2017 ...   Read More >>

The RIAT Airshow 2017

07/22/2017  Video:The RIAT Airshow 2017 ...   Read More >>

Building the USS Gerald R. Ford

07/21/2017  A Time Lapse Video Look at Building the USS Gerald R. Ford ...   Read More >>

LHD 6 in the Talisman Saber 17 Exercise

07/21/2017  USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) participates in Talisman Saber 17.   Read More >>

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Looking at Red Flag 17-3 from a Marine Corps Point of View

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The 2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference will be held from 10-12 October 2017 in Essen Germany.

2017 Joint Air and Space Power Conference

The next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus on the evolution and significance of electronic warfare for a 21st century integrated combat force. It will be held August 23, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT.

A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare in Australia. 

Defense & Security Publications

Levearge and Learning from Allied Forces 

By leveraging extant allied programs and capabilities which if adopted by the US forces would save money but even more importantly ramp up the operational capability of the US forces and their ability to work with allies in the shortest time possible.

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Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?

In this report, the major presentations and discussions at the Williams Foundation seminar on integrated force design held on April 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia are highlighted along with interviews conducted before, during and after the seminar as well.

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Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense

This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.

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Norway Shaping Its 21st Century Defence

This article published in Front Line Defence, Vol. 14, No 2., 2017 looks at Norway’s approach to shaping a 21st Century defense structure.

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Squadron Fighter Pilots: The Unstoppable Force of Innovation for 5th Generation Enabled Concepts of Operations

To understand the intangible of pilot performance and the future combat success of the F-35, Lightning II, one just has to listen to what the military pilots who actually are fly the aircraft are saying, all other critics are second order.

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Rethinking China Policy

This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.

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Integrated Air and Missile Defence Study: The Challenge of Integrated Force Design

This Williams Foundation Report examines IAMD as a case study of how one might design an integrated force by design rather than doing so post-acquisition of platforms.

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The Integration of the F-35B into USMC Operations

This special report provides an update on the introduction and integration of the F-35B into evolving USMC operations.

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The USS America and Innovation

In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), a look at the clusters of innovations associated with the USS America is provided.

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Royal Australian Air Force Transformation, October 2015

Our partner Front Line Defence has provided an update on the KC-30A and its role in the RAAF transformation strategy.

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Visiting RAF Lossiemouth: The RAF Shapes a Way Ahead

The RAF is in transition and RAF Lossiemouth is a key base where it is taking place.

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Extending the Reach of Airpower

In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.

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The F-35 and Transformation of the Power Projection Forces

We have just published a Special Report based on US and allied interviews on this important subject.

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New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration

The Williams Foundation sponsored a seminar with regard to the way ahead on force integration.

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Distributed Laydown: Shaping the U.S. Marine Corps’s Future in the Pacific

In this e-book, the article on the USMC in the Pacific published by Leatherneck Magazine in August 2014 is now available as an E-Book. The article is based on interviews conducted in the Pacific in the Spring of 2014

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The Future of Naval Aviation An E-Book

In this e-book, our recent Special Report on The Future of Naval Aviation can be viewed.

The report is based on exclusive interviews with the USN Aviation community, notably at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center

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The Way Ahead: Opening the Mission Sets

In this article published by our partner Front Line Defence, the perspective of Admiral Gortney, then Commander of NORTHCOM and NORAD, is provided on the challenges facing North American Defense.

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Australia’s New Class of Conventional Submarines

In a piece published in the fourth issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the building of a new class of conventional submarines in Australia is discussed.

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European Defense, the Arctic and the Future

In this e-book, our recent Special Report highlighting Danish perspectives on the Northern European security situation is now available as an E-Book. The report is based on exclusive interviews with Danish experts conducted in Copenhagen in May 2014.

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Shaping a 21st Century Approach to Tron Warfare An E-Book

In this e-book, Ed Timperlake focuses on the emergence of Tron Warfare.

The report is based on several years of interviews and work in the military aviation community and with many of the pilots and operators of the F-35.

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Western Sahara and European Security

This report by the French Mediterranean Sub-Group looks at ways to bring about a settlement of the Polisario-Moroccan issue.

The urgency of the states bordering the huge Sahara region to reinforce stability in the region has been heightened by events in the Middle East, along with the Libyan decay and the emergence of ISIS.

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Airpower and the Hybrid Threat, December 2015

Our partner Front Line Defence has provided a look at 5th generation enabled combat ops and the hybrid threat.

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CH-53s: Shifting Generation

In this article published in the leading French defense magazine OPERATIONNELS SLDS, Spring/Summer 2016, the nature of the next generation CH-53 and its role is explained based on interviews with the USMC.

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Australia Crafts Its Own Anti-Access, Area Denial Strategy

The Australian military is shaping a transformed military force, one built around new platforms but ones that operate in a joint manner in an extended battlespace. as seen in this August 19, 2016  Breaking Defense article.

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The F-35 and 21st Century Defence: Shaping a Way Ahead

We have just published a book on Amazon in Kindle format focusing the arrival of the F-35 and its interactive role reshaping the defense forces of the democracies.

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The Key Role of Exercises and Training Ranges

In this flipbook, a recent article in Front Line Defence looks at the key role of exercises and training in shaping 21st century defense capabilities.

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Australian Defense Modernization: An E-Book

In this e-book, our recent Special Report on Australian Defense Modernization can be viewed.

The report is based on exclusive interviews with the Australian defense forces.

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Insertion Forces

In this article from Front Line Defence (Issue 5, 2014), the shaping of forces appropriate to dealing with ongoing onslaught of “strategic surprises” is examined.

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RAAF Goes to Iraq: Transformation and Engagement

In this article published by Front Line Defence, the transformation of the RAAF evident in the way they have deployed to and operated in Iraq is the focus of attention.

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An Update on the KC-30A from Edwards AFB: Clearing the Way for Expanded Operations

In an interview conducted at Edwards AFB with the Aussie tanker team, plus an update from Spain, we are providing an update on the Aussies as they move to Tanker 2.0

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Filling the Gap: SPMAGTF-CR

In this piece, written by Murielle Delaporte, and first published in Leatherneck Magazine in April 2014, the role of Special Purpose MAGTFs is discussed.

Delaporte visited the SP-MAGTF in Spain and talked with the Marines just prior to their mission to South Sudan.

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France, India and 21st Century Strategic Challenges, April 2015

Our partner India Strategic published a piece on the buy of the Rafale and its strategic context.

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New Approaches to Air-Land Integration: A Williams Foundation Seminar on 5th Generation Enabled Combat Operations

The seminar held on March 17, 2016 in Canberra, Australia, focused on new approaches to air-land integration.

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The Challenge of Dealing with PTSD

Captain Joe Schweitzer was a member of the crew that was responsible for the accidental deaths of 20 Europeans in a tragic cable car accident.

In this piece by Captain Schweitzer, he recounts his struggles to remake his life in the wake of the tragedy and provides a powerful narrative on PTSD.

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The F-35 Program from the Italian Perspective

Recently, the Rome based think tank, Centro Studi Internazionali, published their look at the F-35 program, its impact on Italian defense and the role of Italy within the global enterprise.

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Norway, Security and the High North

In a piece published in the second issue of 2016 by Front Line Defence, the significance and challenge for modern fleet logistics is the focus of attention.

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In the July 2012 issue of Joint Force’s Quarterly (the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff journal), SLD’s Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake provided an overview of the impact of the F-35 on the future of power projection.

The F-35 is called a joint strike fighter (JSF), and its ability to work with, leverage, and enhance the capability of power projection forces is at the heart of the next 20 years of rebuilding U.S. and allied forces.

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Forging a 21st Century Military Strategy: Leveraging Challenges

This article published in Joint Force Quarterly in January 2014 provides a look at key challenges which will drive the shaping of a 21st century military strategy.

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The Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force

The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.

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Lessons Learned at Pax River: The Coming of the F-35 Fleet

Squadron Pilots in Marines, USAF and Navy, and in partner Air Forces will be backed up by the best test community at Edwards and Pax

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In this paper by Michael Skaff, the principal engineer of the F-35 pilot interface, and a pilot and then engineer involved with the F-16, the author focuses on the emergence of advanced sensor fusion in 5th generation aircraft and its impact.

The Impact of Advanced Sensor Fusion in 5th Generation Fighters on Combat Capability

 

Reach and Punch: The Sea Services Prepare to Prevail in the Extended Battlespace

The sea services are changing their concepts of operations and leveraging new technology to fight more effectively in the extended battlespace as seen in this December 20, 2015 Breaking Defense interview with Rear Admiral Manazir

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Building the Arctic Grid

This article looks at the challenge of building out an Arctic Grid in Canada and the possible contribution of the F-35 to the effort.

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Challenges for the Military Sealift Command: The Distributed Fleet

In a piece published on February 18, 2015, Breaking Defense looks at why strengthening the U.S. merchant marine is a key strategic imperative.

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The synergy among 5th generation aircraft, weapons and robotics will create a new weapons enterprise.

Legacy weapons are simply that.

This report identifies key aspects of the 21st century weapons enterprise.

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Higher Tempo Ops in Contested Airspace

The challenge for Western forces to operate in higher tempo ops was the focus of attention at the Trilateral Exercise in December 2015 at Langley AFB with the Brits and the French.

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First published in 2010, this book examines a number of key aspects of the impact of fifth generation aircraft on the evolution of airpower.

It includes, a number of key interviews with airpower leaders like General Corley, Secretary Wynne, Lt. General (retired) Trautman, former Deputy Commandant of USMC Aviation, and Lt. General (Retired) Deptula and now Dean of the Mitchell Airpower Institute.

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