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Designing the Integrated Force

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USAF and USMC Combine F-35 Capabilities at Red Flag 17-3

07/22/2017  As the F-35 mission continues to grow, so will the operators, maintainers and the system as a whole.   Read More >>

The US Navy Works Directed Energy Weapons

07/22/2017  In the United States, the US Navy is the cutting edge service with regard to developing and deploying directed energy weapons technology.   Read More >>

Working the Challenge of Software for a 21st Century Combat Force

07/19/2017  Just being able to update a software system without having to rethink things from the ground up is something of a new trick for the Department of Defense.   Read More >>

Allies and 21st Century Weapons: The Maritime Domain Strike Enterprise

07/19/2017  From the ground up, the US Navy is building its 21st century ASW capabilities with key allies.   Read More >>

Exercise Diamond Storm 2017

07/19/2017  Exercise Diamond Storm is one of the practical components of the RAAF Air Warfare Instructors Course ...   Read More >>

Airbus Shapes a New Business Model for the C295: Expand the Global Fleet Through Working with a Leasing Company

07/18/2017  With nearly 200 aircraft already sold and operating worldwide, the C295 is gaining traction as a global aircraft.   Read More >>

Red Flag 17-3

07/18/2017   Exercise Red Flag 17-3 Commences in Nevada.   Read More >>

Italian Defense Minister Visits the Pentagon

07/18/2017  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti focused on NATO issues during their meeting at the Pentagon, July 11, 2017.   Read More >>

UK, French and Partner Nations’ Joint Training From a French Sea Base

07/17/2017  The UK Royal Navy and Marines have trained alongside partner nations’ navies during a deployment on board a French amphibious ship.   Read More >>

Tailsman Sabre 2017 is Underway

07/17/2017  Tailsman Sabre 2017 a key Australian and US exercise is Underway.   Read More >>

Standing Up New Maritime Patrol Aircraft Squadrons in the UK

07/16/2017  The UK is standing up its P-8 squadrons at RAF Lossiemouth.   Read More >>

Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald Heads New Joint Capabilities Group

07/15/2017  The Australian Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) is open for business with Air Vice Marshal McDonald in command.   Read More >>

The Evolving Indian-Russian Relationship

07/13/2017  A look at the evolving Indian-Russian relationship.   Read More >>

Shaping a 21st Century Base: RAF Lossiemouth and the Coming of the P-8

07/12/2017  A Maritime Domain Awareness highway or belt is being constructed from the UK through to Norway.   Read More >>

The Growing A330MRTT Global Fleet: Norway and Germany Sign On

07/11/2017  The A330MRTT, the global tanker used by several air forces, is being acquired by Norway and Germany.   Read More >>

Preparing the Way Ahead: Joint Warrior 2017

07/11/2017  In an interview earlier this year at RAF Lossiemouth, we talked with RAF officers involved in running Joint Warrior 2017.   Read More >>

The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons: Shaping Priorities

07/09/2017  Richard Weitz’s looks at the Trump Administration budgetary priorities for the nuclear deterrent force.   Read More >>

Evolving North Korean Strategy: The Threat of Allied Self-Deterrence

07/09/2017  Military options have to be readied irrespective of the view of fair weather allies and great power peer competitors bent on sabotaging it.   Read More >>

Weapons in the Tornado-Typhoon Transition: Shaping a Way Ahead

07/08/2017  A look at the weapons transition in the RAF.   Read More >>

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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 >>

USCGC Healy Prepares for Arctic Deployment

07/20/2017  Video:USCGC Healy Prepares for Summer Arctic Deployment ...   Read More >>

Saber Strike 17

07/19/2017  Saber Strike 17 is a U.S. European Command-scheduled, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise.   Read More >>

US Growler Operating at RAAF Base Amberley

07/18/2017  The USN and the RAAF have worked closely together in standing up the initial Aussie Growler capability.   Read More >>

Of course I got the Hell Shot Out of Me. But it Didn’t Kill Me: Naming a new US Navy Destroyer

07/17/2017  Video:Of course I got the Hell Shot Out of Me. But it Didn’t Kill Me: Naming a new US Navy Destroyer ...   Read More >>

Largest Amphibious Landing of Australian Since the Second World War

07/17/2017  Video:Largest Amphibious Landing of Australian Since the Second World War ...   Read More >>

Talisman Saber 2017 PACOM 

07/17/2017  Video:Talisman Saber 2017 PACOM ...   Read More >>

RAF Upgrades Announced at the Royal International Air Tattoo Conference

07/16/2017  The UK announces upgrades to its C-130 and Typhoon fleets.   Read More >>

The USAF Explains the Way Ahead Leveraging the F-35

07/13/2017  In this video the USAF provides a perspective on the impact of the F-35 on what we have called the renorming of ...   Read More >>

PM Trudeau and Rewarding Terrorists: Not a Policy Supported by Canadians

07/12/2017  Be a terrorist from Canada, and get rich.   Read More >>

US Navy Participates in Malabar 2017

07/12/2017  The US Navy has brought significant assets to work with the Indian and Japanese navies int he Malabar 2017 exercise.   Read More >>

South African Defense and the Decline of South African Defense Industry

07/12/2017  The arrival of democracy in South Africa has not been kind to the country’s defence industry.   Read More >>

Israeli Air Force Graduation, 2017

07/12/2017  The IAF held its most recent graduation ceremony with 174 pilots given their wings.   Read More >>

USS Abraham Lincoln Undergoing Sea Trials

06/21/2017  Video:USS Abraham Lincoln Undergoing Sea Trials ...   Read More >>

Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017 (2)

06/20/2017  Video:Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017 (2) ...   Read More >>

Replenishment at Sea

06/18/2017  Video:Replenishment at Sea ...   Read More >>

SPMAGTF Marine Training

06/13/2017  Video:SPMAGTF Marine Training ...   Read More >>

MV-22 Tail Gun Shoot

06/10/2017  Video: MV-22 Tail Gun Shoot ...   Read More >>

Afghan C-130 Maintainer Training

06/07/2017  Video:Afghan C-130 Maintainer Training ...   Read More >>

Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2017

06/07/2017  Video:Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2017 ...   Read More >>

Exercising Australian Ground Based ISR

06/07/2017  Slideshow:Exercising Australian Ground Based ISR ...   Read More >>

Aussie Pilot Awarded USMC Air Medal

06/06/2017  Video:Aussie Pilot Awarded USMC Air Medal ...   Read More >>

Lt. General Davis Visits CH-53K

06/06/2017  Lt. General Davis Visits highlights the coming of the CH-53K to the MAGTF.   Read More >>

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F-35A at the Paris Air Show, 2017

07/13/2017 –  The F-35A was a major highlight of the Paris Air Show, 2017.Read More>>

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

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The next seminar in the Williams Foundation focus one building fifth generation integrated forces will be held on April 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia.

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Defense & Security Publications

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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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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Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense

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

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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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