07/23/2017 – “The future of aviation certainly offers the distributed fleet a suite of capabilities that are met between a pairing of manned and unmanned systems.”
"What missions will go to the manned and unmanned, well that remains to be seen, but most definitely the future of aviation is going to be a pairing of both manned systems and unmanned systems.”
07/22/2017 – Key allies are standing up F-35 squadrons at home prior to the USAF showing up with their own F-35 squadrons..
In recognition of this, a recent USAFE forum was held to share experiences in the standing up of the F-35 global enterprise in Europe. . ...
07/20/2017 – The project SAGITTA is led by Airbus Defence & Space (ADS) and has the goal to further develop existing UAV technology to a higher maturity level.
ADS used Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) for the successful testing of an initial SAGITTA aircraft.
07/19/2017 – The next seminar to be held by the Williams Foundation in Canberra will focus on electronic warfare.
The anti-access/area-denial warfare the US and allied Air Forces, Navies, and increasingly Armies, see themselves fighting against near-peer adversaries will also take place in the electromagnetic spectrum
07/18/2017 – If the shift is to build the kill web rather than buy stovepiped systems, the ability to manage software upgradeability in an agile manner is a crucial capability.
A capability which can determine combat success or failure. ...
This special report looks at Australian thinking and efforts to design and shape an integrated force.Download PDF Now>>
07/24/2017 Australia has a small but cutting edge team of hypersonic researchers who have recently made a successful experimental flight at Woomera. Read More >>
07/23/2017 Dynamic Mongoose participants were training anti-submarine warfare (ASW) interoperability and anti-surface capabilities. Read More >>
07/23/2017 For the first time, soldiers from the Australian Amphibious Ready Group have launched an entire battle group ashore by both surface and air means. Read More >>
07/22/2017 As the F-35 mission continues to grow, so will the operators, maintainers and the system as a whole. Read More >>
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 >>
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 >>
07/19/2017 From the ground up, the US Navy is building its 21st century ASW capabilities with key allies. Read More >>
07/19/2017 Exercise Diamond Storm is one of the practical components of the RAAF Air Warfare Instructors Course ... Read More >>
07/18/2017 With nearly 200 aircraft already sold and operating worldwide, the C295 is gaining traction as a global aircraft. Read More >>
07/18/2017 Exercise Red Flag 17-3 Commences in Nevada. Read More >>
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 >>
07/17/2017 Richard Weitz looks at the evolving military capabilities of Russia in Asia. Read More >>
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 >>
07/17/2017 Tailsman Sabre 2017 a key Australian and US exercise is Underway. Read More >>
07/16/2017 The UK is standing up its P-8 squadrons at RAF Lossiemouth. Read More >>
07/15/2017 The Australian Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) is open for business with Air Vice Marshal McDonald in command. Read More >>
07/13/2017 A look at the evolving Indian-Russian relationship. Read More >>
07/12/2017 A Maritime Domain Awareness highway or belt is being constructed from the UK through to Norway. Read More >>
07/11/2017 The A330MRTT, the global tanker used by several air forces, is being acquired by Norway and Germany. Read More >>
07/24/2017 The modest sized US bomber force has been busy in the Pacific. Read More >>
07/23/2017 Video:HMAS Arunta Completes Deployment to the Middle East ... Read More >>
07/22/2017 RAAF Amberley is playing a key role in supporting Talisman Saber 2017 ... Read More >>
07/22/2017 Video:The RIAT Airshow 2017 ... Read More >>
07/21/2017 A Time Lapse Video Look at Building the USS Gerald R. Ford ... Read More >>
07/21/2017 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) participates in Talisman Saber 17. Read More >>
07/20/2017 Video:USCGC Healy Prepares for Summer Arctic Deployment ... Read More >>
07/19/2017 Saber Strike 17 is a U.S. European Command-scheduled, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise. Read More >>
07/18/2017 The USN and the RAAF have worked closely together in standing up the initial Aussie Growler capability. Read More >>
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 >>
07/17/2017 Video:Largest Amphibious Landing of Australian Since the Second World War ... Read More >>
07/17/2017 Video:Talisman Saber 2017 PACOM ... Read More >>
07/16/2017 The UK announces upgrades to its C-130 and Typhoon fleets. Read More >>
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 >>
07/12/2017 Be a terrorist from Canada, and get rich. Read More >>
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 >>
07/12/2017 The arrival of democracy in South Africa has not been kind to the country’s defence industry. Read More >>
07/12/2017 The IAF held its most recent graduation ceremony with 174 pilots given their wings. Read More >>
06/21/2017 Video:USS Abraham Lincoln Undergoing Sea Trials ... Read More >>
06/20/2017 Video:Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017 (2) ... Read More >>
06/18/2017 Video:Replenishment at Sea ... Read More >>
06/13/2017 Video:SPMAGTF Marine Training ... Read More >>
06/10/2017 Video: MV-22 Tail Gun Shoot ... Read More >>
06/07/2017 Video:Afghan C-130 Maintainer Training ... Read More >>
06/07/2017 Video:Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2017 ... Read More >>
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.
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.
Designing the Integrated Force: How to Define and Meet the Challenge?
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.
Shaping 21st Century Norwegian Defense
This special report examines the Norwegian approach towards shaping a national defense policy.
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.
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.
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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