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Visiting Amberley Airbase, Australia: An Update from the 86th Wing Commander

08/22/2016  Group Captain Williams talks about the KC-30A and the C-17 and their impact on the Australian Defence Force.   Read More >>

C-130Js Expand Their Operational Envelope in Pitch Black 2016

08/21/2016  Air Commodore Lennon discusses Pitch Black and the role of the Aussie C-130Js.   Read More >>

A Multi-Media Look at the Day in the Life of an F-35C Aboard the USS George Washington, August 15, 2016

08/20/2016  These multi-media contributions show a day in the life of the F-35C aboard the USS George Washington.   Read More >>

The First Combat Aircraft to Be Refueled by the KC-30A Boom In Middle East Operations: US F-16s

08/20/2016  The F-16 is the first aircraft to be refueled in theater with the KC-30A boom.   Read More >>

F-35C Pilot Certification Aboard the USS George Washington, August 2016

08/20/2016  Todd Miller was onboard the USS George Washington on August 15, 2016 and shot this video which show F-35C pilots working their carrier qualifications.   Read More >>

F-35C Certifications Aboard USS George Washington (Overview)

08/20/2016  The 7 F-35Cs gathered on the deck of the USS George Washington represented the largest carrier contingent of F-35Cs to date.   Read More >>

Russia’s Escalating Military Cooperation with Iran: Tactical Gains, Strategic Moves

08/20/2016  By highlighting its expanded cooperation with Iran, Moscow has increased its leverage and options. ...   Read More >>

The Williams Foundation Seminar on Air-Sea Integration: Shaping Sea-Air-Land Forces for Deterrence in Depth

08/19/2016  The Williams Foundation focuses on the next steps in air-sea integration for a 21st century combat force.   Read More >>

Pitch Black 2016: The Perspective of Air Marshal Davies

08/18/2016  RAAF Chief talks about Pitch Black 2016.   Read More >>

Congress Widens the U.S. Debate on Missile Defense

08/14/2016  Richard Weitz looks at the evolving Congressional perspective on missile defense and its potential impact.   Read More >>

Brexit: Considerations Going Forward

08/14/2016  BREXIT is hardly a uniquely British issue.   Read More >>

NAVAIR “Magic Carpet” Innovation for the F-18 Fleet

08/14/2016  The Magic Carpet will be the standard landing approach for all F/A-18E/F, EA-18G by 2018-19.   Read More >>

Fighting with the Force You Have Now While Preparing for an Airpower Transition: The Perspective of General “Hawk” Carlisle, Air Combat Command

08/14/2016  In this interview with the Commander of ACC, the progress in airpower and the way ahead are discussed..   Read More >>

The Case for Building an Additional San Antonio Class Ship: Lucky 13?

08/12/2016  There are advantages from keeping the “hot” LPD 17 line open by building a 13th San Antonio-class warship.   Read More >>

KC-30A Refuels USAF F-16s During Pitch Black 2016

08/10/2016  On July 19, a RAAF KC-30A flew non-stop with six F-16Cs from Kadena Air Base, Japan to RAAF Base Darwin in just over six hours.   Read More >>

Visiting Wedgetail at Williamtown Airbase

08/08/2016  The Wedgetail is a core operating capability for the Australian Defence Force in its transformation process.   Read More >>

RAAF Exercise Pitch Black 2016: Preparing for the High End Fight

08/06/2016  Pitch Black 2016 is a high end combat exercise.   Read More >>

Working the Evolution of the Aussie Amphibious Task Force: MV-22 Lands on HMAS Canberra

08/06/2016  The Aussie amphibious ships are becoming operational as the twin processes of transformation of the fleet and of airpower are underway.   Read More >>

F-35 Air-to-Air Testing

08/06/2016  As part of the run up to IOC, the F-35A successfully fires its core air to air missile.   Read More >>

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F-35C Aboard the USS George Washington: Video Highlights Hangar Entry

08/20/2016  This video by Todd Miller highlights the entry of the F-35C into a hangar onboard the USS George Washington, ...   Read More >>

SPMAGTF-CR Training with the French

08/20/2016  Video:SPMAGTF-CR Training with the French ...  

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Wedgetail in Pitch Black 2016

08/19/2016  In these photos, the Wedgetail or E-7 aircraft is featured during Pitch Black 2016.   Read More >>

Norwegian F-16s Perform ISR Missions

08/16/2016  Video:Norwegian F-16s Perform ISR Missions ...  

NATO AGS Global Hawk Flight

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KC-30A Working in Pitch Black 2016

08/10/2016  “Future Pitch Black exercises will see the KC-30A refuelling more aircraft, including the Super Hornet, Wedgetail, and some of our international partners.” ...   Read More >>

First MRH-90 To Deliver Supplies to US Navy Ship

08/10/2016  The MRH-90 operating off an Australian LHD has done its first replenishment of a US Navy ship.   Read More >>

USMC Venoms Land on the HMAS Canberra

08/10/2016  Recently, the Marine’s premier attack helicopter landed on the HMAS Canberra during the RIMAC exercise.   Read More >>

SPMAGTF-CR-AF Marines Conduct a NEO Exercise at French Training Center

08/10/2016  Video:SPMAGTF-CR-AF Marines Conduct a NEO Exercise at French Training Center ...   Read More >>

The KC-30A Returns to Europe

08/08/2016  A KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and its crew from No. 33 Squadron visited Italy, and France, and the UK in July 2016.   Read More >>

Replenishment at Sea of the USS Reagan (Time Lapse)

08/07/2016  Video:Replenishment at Sea of the USS Reagan (Time Lapse) ...   Read More >>

Aussie Amphibious Ready Element Training at RIMPAC

08/03/2016  Video:Aussie Amphibious Ready Element Training at RIMPAC ...   Read More >>

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Time-Lapse Video

08/01/2016  Video:USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Time-Lapse Video ...   Read More >>

Polish Minesweepers Train for Action

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Polish Minesweepers Train for Action

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Cockpit Footage from A-10

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Midwinter Airdrop to Australian Antarctic 

07/15/2016  Video:Midwinter Airdrop to Australian Antarctic ...  

USAF and RAAF Train for Rescue Missions

07/15/2016  Video:USAF and RAAF Train for Rescue Missions ...   Read More >>

HMAS Perth on Deployment to the Middle East

07/12/2016  Slideshow :HMAS Perth on Deployment to the Middle East ...   Read More >>

HMAS Adelaide for Exercise Hamel 16

07/10/2016  Video:HMAS Adelaide for Exercise Hamel 16 ...   Read More >>

F-35B Aerial Refueling

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Exercise Hamel 2016

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Autonomous Systems for Military Ops

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Marines and RAF Bring the F-35B to the UK

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Defense & Security Publications

The triple hook system for the CH-53K allows for the delivery of three payloads each to a different landing area if requires. Credit Photo: USN-USMC

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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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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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 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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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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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) during air-to-air refuelling trials with a United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighter. *** Local Caption *** In December 2015, a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) deployed to Edwards Air Force Base in California to conduct air-to-air refuelling trials with a series of F-16 multi-role fighters from the United States Air Force (USAF). Using its 18-metre-long Advanced Refuelling Boom system (ARBS), the KC-30A was able to receive a conditional clearance in these trials, with further test flights slated to take place in early 2016. Whilst Australia does not operate the F-16, the jet is one of the most prolific combat aircraft in service in the world today, and will likely be refuelled by RAAF KC-30As during future exercises and air operations.

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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150522-N-BQ308-110 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) As fast as its name, an F-35B Lightning II screams past a flight deck handler as it takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, with VMFA-121 and VMFAT-501 embarked, is underway conducting the first phase of operational testing for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, which will evaluate the full spectrum of F-35B measures of suitability and effectiveness in an at-sea environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist William Tonacchio/Released)

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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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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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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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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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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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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Fleet Logistics

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

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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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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). An integrated global fleet of F-35s is a key asset for shaping joint and coalition capabilities for 21st century combat operations.

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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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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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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Tron Warfare

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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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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A forthcoming article in Front Line Defence discusses a number of the issues presented in the Rome briefing. Credit: Front Line Defence

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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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 and India

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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Aftermath of the February 3 cable car accident. Credit Photo: La Stampa, 7/13/11

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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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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OD in Cockpit

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


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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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Weapons Enterprise

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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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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—General George Patton Jr.

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