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  • 01 May 2019 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    Hi Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance - final report released by Robbin Laird, Second Line of Defense and Williams Foundation Fellow.

    The latest Williams Seminar held in Canberra on April 11, 2019 focused on the strategic shift for Australia within the context of the evolving global situation.

    Facing the rising challenge posed by the 21st century authoritarian states, and by the changing nature of alliances in the Pacific and in Europe, Australia needs to enhance its sovereign capabilities to operate within a regional or global crisis.

    And this requires, Australia to have more capability to sustain its evolving integrated force and to do so in the service of the direct defense of Australia.

    The report can be downloaded here.
  • 30 Sep 2018 6:46 AM | Anonymous
    The Williams Foundation Seminar on the Imperative for an Independent Strike Deterrent, August 23, 2018.

    In this report, the major presentations and discussions at the Williams Foundation seminar on the imperative for an independent strike deterrent held on August 23, 2018 in Canberra, Australia are highlighted along with interviews conducted before, during and after the seminar as well. The focus is upon shaping an effective deterrent strategy as the ADF works its way forward with force integration.

    Link to (ebook version) 

    Report Author: Dr. Robbin F. Laird, Research Fellow, The Williams

  • 26 Apr 2018 8:27 AM | Anonymous
    Dr Robbin Laird, Second Line of Defense has released the final report of our recent Conference on on the Requirements of High Intnsive Warfare

  • 29 Mar 2018 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Williams Foundation Seminar: The Requirements of High Intensity WarfarePresentations are now available on the website. 

  • 28 Mar 2018 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    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 

  • 27 Aug 2017 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Robbin Laird
    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. …

  • 01 May 2017 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    April 2017, The Heritage Foundation

    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

  • 28 Apr 2017 11:17 PM | Anonymous

    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?

  • 11 Apr 2017 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    AVM (Retd) John Blackburn AO, April 2017

    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. 

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