The Williams Foundation Seminar: The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare. Presentations are now available on the website.
On 21 March the Williams Foundation was proud to welcome Dr Robbin Laird as a Williams Foundation Fellow.
The Board thanks Dr Laird for his continued contribution to the core goal of the Williams Foundation; to promote the development and effective implementation of national security and defense policies as they impact on Australia’s ability to generate air power appropriate to its unique geopolitical environment and values.
The Board and members of the Foundation greatly value the support Dr Laird has provided in the past and looks forward to continuing your involvement in future Williams Foundation programs.
For bios of our Research Fellows, AVM John Blackburn AO (Retd), Dr Alan Stephens and Dr Robbin Laird visit our webpage.
Also see link Second Line of Defence
Dr Robbin Laird
Second Line of Defense The Future of Electonic Warfare
Final Report: A New Approach and Attitude to Electronic Warfare in Australia
08/26/2017 – The Williams Seminars now for several years has been looking at the emergence and potential evolution of a fifth-generation combat force.
In effect, the recent seminar was a case study of the tron warfare piece of building an integrated force which can operate a variety of payloads in a diversity of conflict situations. …
After 26 years of continuous combat deployments, major combat operations, and surges, the United States Air Force’s level of readiness is below the hollow force levels of the late 1970s. The effect has been to reduce an Air Force once capable of two simultaneous major regional conflicts to one that could effectively muster a win in one region at the cost of its remaining global combat capability. High-end, fourth-generation fighters, coupled with healthy sortie rates, flying time, and realistic training scenarios, made the latter half of the 1980s a model for readiness. An assessment of today’s Air Force in each of those three areas reveals a marked decline in capability. Senior Air Force leaders need to convey the real level of readiness to Congress and the Trump Administration in a way that will get this service the funding and support that it needs to regain absolute air dominance.
Link to article here
Download report here
Dr Robbin Laird has released the final report from the Williams Foundation seminar on Force Integration held on 11 April 2017.
Designing the Integrated Force: The Australian Defense Force Repositions for the Next Phase of 21st Century Force Structure Development
04/27/2017 – If you do not set of the objective of trying to optimize combat capability and consider that shaping the joint effect as a key means to doing so, then the challenge is clear.
How do you get a strategic handle on where your force is moving to and how do you ensure that it is as effective, lethal and sustainable as possible?
Integrated Air and Missile Defence Study: The Challenge of Integrated Force Design
The Williams Foundation conducted an Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) study
between Sep16 and Feb17 to explore the challenges of building Australia’s IAMD capability
and the implications for the Department of Defence’s integrated force design function. The
study was focussed at the Program level of capability.
The study incorporated a visit to the US for a month to explore the IAMD challenge with
United States Defense Forces and Agencies, think tanks and Industry. The initial study
findings were then explored in Australia in three Defence and Industry workshops on 31 Jan
17 and 1 Feb 17, using a Chatham House model of unaNributed discussions. Many of the
statements made in this report are not referenced as they are derived from these Chatham
House discussions and associated meetngs.
IAMD is a highly complex issue; comments made in this report should not be construed in
any way as being critical of the IAMD approach of the Department of Defence. This report
cannot account for the full complexity of the integrated force design process that is being
addressed within Defence; however, it may offer some value in providing suggestions based
on the study findings.
This study would not have been possible without the support and assistance of several areas
within the Australian Department of Defence, the US Defense Department, Industry and
think tanks. The Williams Founda=on deeply appreciates the support of the IAMD Study
major sponsors, Lockheed Mar=n and Northrop Grumman. Thanks are also due to Jacobs in
funding the services of Dr Gary Waters who provided valuable support in the research for
the study and in the production of the workshop notes.
This report represents the views of AVM Blackburn (Retd), the IAMD Study lead. This study
report is intentionally high level and brief; in the author’s experience, long and detailed
reports are rarely read by senior decision makers.
Minutes of the 2016 AGM held on the 25 October can be downloaded here.
More information on the AGM can be found here.
In accordance with the Constitution, Air Marshal Errol McCormack (Retd) was required to step down as the Chair of the Foundation at the AGM held 25 Oct 16. Air Marshal Geoff Brown (Retd) was elected to replace him. Air Marshal McCormack was elected to fill the position of Deputy Chair.
The following were also elected to the Board at the AGM.
Rear Admiral Mark Campbell RAN (Retd)
Mr John Conway
Mr Ken Moore
Ms Nicole Quinn
Air Vice-Marshal Brian Weston (Retd)
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