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

What is clear is that the Aussies are at the cutting edge of the rethink of how to reshape an integrated 21st century force.Download PDF Now>>

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Obama, Boris and "Brexit" (Updated)

04/23/2016  The Brexit debate is heating up.   Read More >>

Boeing, Denmark and Reaching Out to Danish Voters: An Unprecedented Ad Campaign

04/23/2016  One can be sure the Danish government loves having Boeing appeal over the heads of the government to the Danish voters! ...   Read More >>

Shakespeare at 400

04/21/2016  April 23, 2016, will mark the four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.   Read More >>

The Way Ahead for the Joint Land Combat Force: The Perspective of the Australian Army Chief, Lt. General Angus Campbell

04/19/2016  The Chief of Staff of the Australian Army charts the way ahead for the joint land combat force.   Read More >>

The Australian Army Modernizes for the 21st Century Battlespace: An Interview with Brigadier General Chris Mills, Australian Army

04/16/2016  Brigadier General Mills looks at re-shaping the template of joint land operations.   Read More >>

An Update on Plan Jericho From the Perspective of Jericho Dawn: A Discussion with Group Captains Campbell and Mitchell

04/15/2016  "The C2 system is the potential handbrake in a modern networked force" ...   Read More >>

Political Disorder 2016: Distrust of Government and Political Parties

04/14/2016  2016 is a year of political disorder in many nations. ...   Read More >>

Recrafting the Surveillance Response Group for the Extended Battlespace: An Interview with Air Commodore Heap, Commander of the SRG

04/13/2016  The head of the RAAF's Surveillance Response Group discusses its changing role as multi-domain integration transforms the force.   Read More >>

The Wedgetail, the RAAF and Shaping a Way Ahead for the Australian Defense Force: A Discussion with the Commanding Officer of the 42nd Wing

04/11/2016  The Wedgetail is a key capability going forward for the ADF, and not just in an air-to-air role.   Read More >>

RAF Marham Gets Ready for the F-35: A Strategic Opportunity for the RAF and the USAF to Shape Common Support Capabilities for the F-35 Fleet

04/09/2016  Will the USAF seize the opportunity of leveraging the working relationship with the F-35 on sustainment? ...   Read More >>

From Deployments to the Baltic Region to Empowering the Kill Web in Defense of the Homeland: UK Evolution?

04/09/2016  UK carriers will provide key centerpieces for any extended defense of the homeland via modular integration with other allied forces.   Read More >>

The US at a Turning Point: The 2016 Election is About Reshaping America

04/08/2016  The long-festering trade issue has exploded into a political firestorm in the U.S. presidential campaign, becoming the central point of debate.   Read More >>

Rebuilding the U.S. Merchant Marine is a Critical Challenge

04/08/2016  The Military Sealift Command is the crucial logistical lynch pin of the sea services, without which the United States would not have an effective maritime combat force.   Read More >>

Working Air-Land Integration from the Perspective of Air Mobility Group: Air Commodore Lennon Discusses the Way Ahead

04/07/2016  The Commander of the Air Mobility Group focused on their efforts to shape a joint workspace with the Army and Navy.   Read More >>

Building from Airpower Integration in the Middle East To Shape a More Integrated and Capable Australian Defence Force: The Perspective of Air Commander Australia

04/07/2016  The Air Commander Australia focuses on the way ahead leveraging their recent experience and anticipating the coming of fifth generation capabilities.   Read More >>

A New Special Report: The F-35 Arrives into the Combat Fleet

04/06/2016  The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.   Read More >>

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Refueling at Sea: Carrier Refuels Destroyer in the Pacific

04/27/2016  Slideshow:Refueling at Sea: Carrier Refuels Destroyer in the Pacific ...   Read More >>

Exercise Sky Soldier 16

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Time-Lapse of Vertical Replenishment to USS Boxer

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USS Boxer Takes on Food and Supplies During a Replenishment-at-Sea

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USS Boxer Tanked by MSC at Sea

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Ready to Respond for Domestic or Overseas Missions: C-130Hs at the 179th AW

04/12/2016  Slideshow:Ready to Respond for Domestic or Overseas Missions: C-130Hs at the 179th AW ...   Read More >>

AH-1Z Super Cobra Aboard USS Boxer Flight Deck

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F-35 Prepares to Fly With Heritage Aircraft

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The 104th Fighter Wing Deploys to Iceland

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Cope North Rescue Training

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Australian Army Exercises for Joint Fires

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CH-53 Sea Stallion Helicopter Approaches the Flight Deck

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Marine AAVs Drift on Norwegian Ice Track

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USNS Montford Point in Exercise Ssang Young 16

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Practicing the TRAP Mission with the Osprey

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Exercise Ssang Yong 2016

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C-17 Lands for First Time at Bryant Army Airfield in Alaska

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Aussies in Anarctica

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Part of the Deterrence in Depth: Patriot Prepares in South Korea

03/20/2016  Video:Part of the Deterrence in Depth: Patriot Prepares in South Korea ...   Read More >>

USAF Support to Marines During Cold Response Exercise

03/17/2016  Video:USAF Support to Marines During Cold Response Exercise ...   Read More >>

Nighttime F-35 Training Sortie at Luke AFB

03/15/2016  Video:Nighttime F-35 Training Sortie at Luke AFB ...   Read More >>

USCG Hercules In Rescue Effort at Sea

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Field Life During Cold Response 16

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U.S. Marines During Cold Response 16

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Cold Response 2016: Norwegian Troops in the Exercise

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NATO Forces in Central Norway

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An Italian First: The F-35 Crosses the Atlantic

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The Italians fly the first F-35 across the Atlantic.

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Williams Report March 2016

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 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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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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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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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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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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RAAF Transformation

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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Exercises

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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Aussie Report

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, 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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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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JFQ

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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Renorming

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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