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Designing the Integrated Force

This special report looks at Australian thinking and efforts to design and shape an integrated force.Download PDF Now>>

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F-35B Gun Pod in Flight

05/29/2017  The F-35 has added a gun to its CAS role.   Read More >>

15th MEU Prepares for Deployment

05/28/2017  The 15th MEU will be the first operational MEU deployed on the USS America.   Read More >>

General James Holmes: ACC Commander

05/28/2017  General James Holmes: ACC Commander, discusses the command.   Read More >>

Russian-U.S. Relations: Opportunities and Obstacles for Trump and Putin

05/28/2017  Back from a recent visit to Russia, Richard Weitz looks at the evolving US-Russian relationship.   Read More >>

The Coming Canadian Defense Policy: Another Gander Airport Initiative?

05/28/2017  The Trudeau regime needs to act now lest we end up with another Gander Airport.   Read More >>

Aussies Launch Ambitious Shipbuilding Program: The Perspective of the Australian CNO

05/27/2017  As a key part of shaping its enhanced defense capabilities, the Australian government has launched a comprehensive and long-term shipbuilding program.   Read More >>

The Erdogan Visit to Washington: The Dog That Did Not Bark

05/24/2017  The visit by the Turkish President to Washington was largely a non-event which is the good news.   Read More >>

North Korea, Trump and NATO: A Significant Challenge to the Western Alliance

05/22/2017  North Korea and the Second Nuclear Age are key elements necessary to reshape NATO's approach.   Read More >>

US Intelligence Setback: A Warning Call About the Need to Protect Personal Data

05/22/2017  We are creating a “one stop” collection effort for PLA Ministry of State Security (MSS) “collectors.” ...   Read More >>

The Missing Item on the Next NATO Summit: North Korea and the New Nuclear Threat

05/22/2017  Avoidance of central challenges may be diplomacy; but is not effective defense strategy. ...   Read More >>

Allies and 21st Century Weapons Systems: The Case of the Coming of the F-35 To Europe

05/22/2017  Allied collaboration in this decade is built in part around operating the same aircraft -- the F-35 being a case in point.   Read More >>

The RAF and the Weapons Revolution: Shaping an Integrated 21st Century Air Combat Force

05/21/2017  The RAF leverages the weapons revolution to transition from Tornado to Typhoon and from Typhoon to an F-35 enabled air combat force.   Read More >>

Naval Shipbuilding Plan

05/21/2017  The Australian government commits to as continuous build naval shipbuilding policy.   Read More >>

Australian Amphibious Ships Face Propulsion Challenge

05/21/2017  Australia’s largest warships have experienced a propulsion system problem at sea and the Navy and its contractors are working to fix the problem.   Read More >>

Sec Def Mattis Meets Swedish Defense Minister at the Pentagon

05/21/2017  Sweden is enhancing its defense capability.   Read More >>

Marines Participate in Helo Raid from Mistral

05/21/2017  The UK is working with the French on an embarked Mistral Pacific mission and the Marines recently operated off of the embarked ship.   Read More >>

Sec Def Mattis Meets with Minister Ine Soreide at Pentagon

05/21/2017  Recently, the Norwegian Minister of Defence visited the Pentagon.   Read More >>

The Role of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Remaking of the Amphibious Task Force: The Perspective of Lt. General (Retired) Trautman

05/21/2017  What is the role of unmanned aviation within the evolving capabilities and approach of the amphibious task force? ...   Read More >>

Aussie P-8 Does First Search and Rescue at Sea

05/18/2017  Not yet operational, an Aussie P-8 on a training mission, performed a search and rescue mission at sea.   Read More >>

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Exercise Jeanne D’Arc 2017

05/28/2017  Video:Exercise Jeanne D’Arc 2017 ...   Read More >>

Marines Participate with Brits and French in Tinian Exercise

05/21/2017  Video:Marines Participate with Brits and French in Tinian Exercise ...   Read More >>

New Australian Naval Shipbuilding Program

05/21/2017  Video:New Australian Naval Shipbuilding Program ...   Read More >>

Marines in Norway for Stratmobex

05/21/2017  Video:Marines in Norway for Stratmobex ...   Read More >>

First HMAS Newcastle SM2 in Australian Waters

05/19/2017  Video:First HMAS Newcastle SM2 in Australian Waters ...   Read More >>

GBU-38 Added to Predator Strike Capability

05/15/2017  Video:GBU-38 Added to Predator Strike Capability ...   Read More >>

MV-22 Trans Pacific Flight to Australia

05/09/2017  The first MV-22 Trans Pacific flight lands in Darwin.   Read More >>

First Deployment of F-35s to Bulgaria

05/08/2017  First Deployment of F-35s to Bulgaria ...   Read More >>

Testing Amphibious Robotic Vehicles

05/05/2017  Video:Testing Amphibious Robotic Vehicles ...   Read More >>

Anzac Day Service in Bullecourt, France 

05/02/2017  Video:Anzac Day service in Bullecourt, France ...   Read More >>

Gallipoli Dawn Service 

05/02/2017  Video:Gallipoli Dawn Service ...   Read More >>

USAF C-130 Fire Training

05/02/2017  Video:USAF C-130 Fire Training ...   Read More >>

Operation Highroad Dawn Service 

05/02/2017  The Aussies Remember Anzac Day:Operation Highroad Dawn Service ...   Read More >>

Marines Train with Japanese in Cold Weather Conditions

05/01/2017  Video:Marines Train with Japanese in Cold Weather Conditions ...   Read More >>

Atlantic Trident 17 Patrouille de France Demo Team

04/27/2017  Patrouille de France performs during the Trilateral Exercise held at Langley AFB during April 2017.   Read More >>

F-35s at Atlantic Trident 2017

04/26/2017  Video:F-35s at Atlantic Trident 2017 ...   Read More >>

Neptune Falcon 2017

04/26/2017  Video: B2s in Neptune Falcon 2017 ...   Read More >>

Refueling F-35s on European Deployment

04/26/2017  Video:Refueling F-35s on European Deployment ...   Read More >>

The 75th Anniversary of the Dootlittle Tokyo Raids

04/25/2017  Video:The 75th Anniversary of the Dootlittle Tokyo Raids ...   Read More >>

ADA Assists in Aussie Disaster Relief

04/25/2017  Video:ADA Assists in Aussie Disaster Relief ...   Read More >>

CH-53E Tactics Training (2)

04/21/2017  Video:CH-53E Tactics Training (2) ...   Read More >>

CH-53E Tactics Training

04/19/2017  Video:CH-53E Tactics Training ...   Read More >>

Southcom Commander Interview

04/18/2017  Video:Southcom Commander Interview ...   Read More >>

CV-22 Trains Aboard LHD

04/17/2017  Video:CV-22 Trains Aboard LHD ...   Read More >>

Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force

04/15/2017  Video:Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force North-West Mobile Force.   Read More >>

Exercise Diamond Shield

04/14/2017  Slideshow:Exercise Diamond Shield ...   Read More >>

Maintaining F-22 Low Observability

04/02/2017  Video:Maintaining F-22 Low Observability ...   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

Read the E-Book<<

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.

Buy the Book<<

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.

Download the PDF version of the full publication here>>

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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