09/22/2017 – The USS America is the new kid on the block in terms of amphibious warfare.
It has been joined in the Alligator Dagger 2017 by another new kid on the block as well, the aviation modified support ship, the USNS Puller.
09/15/2017 – Cacophony in C2 systems needs to be replaced by an integrated software solution moving forward into which the different defensive launch systems can participate to give the combatant commander the kind of options he or she needs to deal with the near term or longer term threats.
The future is now; we need to move forward on integrated C2 for the defensive forces enabling the offensive-defensive enterprise.
09/14/2017 – The love the President has for baiting the EU is only matched by European transatlantic assertion of European values and interests against American “revanchism.”
In the real world, the interests of both the US and the Europeans remain significantly convergent.
Nowhere has this this become more evident than in recent responses to the Chinese penetration of their economies.
09/14/2017 – On August 23, 2017, the Williams Foundation held a seminar on the future of electronic warfare.
In this report, the major presentations at the Williams Foundation seminar on the evolution of electronic warfare, notably from the standpoint of shaping an integrated force, are outlined and discussed.
Additional materials provided during interviews prior to or during the seminar are included as well as relevant background and analytical materials building out key themes introduced and discussed in the seminar.
09/13/2017 – The UK has announced its new shipbuilding strategy, one which seeks to leverage the modularity approach introduced by building the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers.
Now the First Sea Lord has addressed the question of the role of the maritime sector in generating broader defense transformation.
This special report looks at the future of electronic warfare from the perspective of the participants in a Williams Foundation seminar on the subject.Download PDF Now>>
09/22/2017 USS Abraham Lincoln, the first US Navy aircraft carrier capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II, welcomed the fifth-generation jet fighter on board earlier this month. Read More >>
09/18/2017 A new Australian Peacekeeping Memorial has been erected as Aussies celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping. Read More >>
09/15/2017 Royal Australian Navy ships got underway from Sydney on September 4 for a series of drills in the Indo-Pacific region with regional partners. Read More >>
09/15/2017 First Australia, and now the UK have announced new shipbuilding efforts and strategies. Read More >>
09/14/2017 Moving from a kill chain focused force to a kill web one defines a key trajectory of US and allied defense transformation. Read More >>
09/14/2017 Currently the U.S. and core allied militaries is in an “applied physics” phase of 21 Century combat development. Read More >>
09/13/2017 "The F-35Cs are so amazing and powerful. I feel privileged to have been a part of this historic event.” ... Read More >>
09/12/2017 The second Queen Elizabeth Carrier is progressing on its way to sea. Read More >>
09/12/2017 How do you get the operators to drive the integration developmental piece? ... Read More >>
09/10/2017 Looking back at 9/11 in the Pentagon. Read More >>
09/10/2017 The evolution of a force will be shaped as much by “exogenous” risks as by any internally crafted force design. Read More >>
09/10/2017 One of the best ways to honor the Cactus Air Force is to pay attention to the Green Knights and their role in Pacific deterrence today. Read More >>
09/10/2017 The first wave will no longer limited to the beach or uncontested space, it can effectively reach locations 450 miles from the shipborne base – even in contested airspace. Read More >>
09/10/2017 Afghan Air Force operating MD530 and A29 to generate independent operations. Read More >>
09/10/2017 MD530 instructor pilot working with Afghans describes the experience. Read More >>
09/10/2017 An update on the Afghan Air Force by an Afghan Helo Pilot. Read More >>
09/10/2017 The RAAF conducts C-130J Hercules Sat trials as part of Plan Jericho. Read More >>
09/09/2017 The Scorpion has been progressing well this summer. Read More >>
09/22/2017 Video:Singapore Participates in Red Flag 17-4 ... Read More >>
09/21/2017 Video: RAF Lakenheath to Lithuania in Support of Baltic Air Policing 2017 ... Read More >>
09/21/2017 Video: SPMAGTF Trains with Spanish Paras ... Read More >>
09/20/2017 Video: Crocodile Strike 2017 ... Read More >>
09/19/2017 Video:Refueling Wedgetail: KDC-10 from Royal Netherlands Air Force ... Read More >>
09/19/2017 Video:Supporting Aussie F/A-18F Super Hornets in the Middle East ... Read More >>
09/18/2017 Video:C-130 Fire Fighting ... Read More >>
09/16/2017 Video:The USS Roland Reagan Departs Yokosuka ... Read More >>
09/15/2017 Slideshow:Exercise Crocodile Strike 2017 ... Read More >>
09/14/2017 Video:F22s Refueled Over Iraq ... Read More >>
09/13/2017 Video:Transiting the Northwest Passage ... Read More >>
09/10/2017 Video:F-35s Work with Bombers and F-15s in South Korean Defense ... Read More >>
09/10/2017 Video:3rd Marine Division’s 75 Anniversary ... Read More >>
09/08/2017 Video:Operation Open Spirit ... Read More >>
09/07/2017 Video:Robot Rodeo ... Read More >>
09/06/2017 Video:Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Prepares for Operations ... Read More >>
09/05/2017 Video:USAF Assumes Lead in NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission ... Read More >>
09/04/2017 Video:Japanese and US PAC-3 Joint Training ... Read More >>
09/04/2017 Video:THAAD on Guam ... Read More >>
09/04/2017 Video:Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan: Osborne South Surface Warship Facilities. Read More >>
08/25/2017 Video:HC-130J Gets Escorted by F-22's ... Read More >>
08/21/2017 Video:MAGTF Demo ... Read More >>
08/19/2017 Video:The Latest C-5: The C-5M ... Read More >>
08/18/2017 Video:Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 ... Read More >>
08/17/2017 Video:Mobility Guardian 17: Elephant Walk ... Read More >>
08/17/2017 Video:33rd Fighter Wing Returns after Red Flag 17-3 ... Read More >>
08/07/2017 – UMSC and Red Flag 17-3.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.
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.
The Future of Electronic Warfare
The Maritime Services, the Allies and Shaping the Kill Web
Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense
This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.
Levearge and Learning from Allied Forces
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.
Rethinking China Policy
This special report examines the strategic opportunity for the Trump Administration.
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.
Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extending the Reach of Airpower
In this article from Front Line Defence (August 2014), an update on the A330MRTT global fleet is provided.
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.
New Approaches to Air-Sea Integration
The Williams Foundation sponsored a seminar with regard to the way ahead on force integration.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Renorming of Airpower:The F-35 Arrives Into the Combat Force
The F-35 is not a future program; it is here now.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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