A number of practical suggestions emerged from the panel discussion and the industrial presentations at the Williams Foundation seminar on air-sea integration held on August 10, 2016.
A key issue is that of information sharing among national or coalition forces.
Here Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown asked Rear Admiral Manazir if we were making progress in this area.
Rear Admiral Manazir highlighted that in the evolving machine-to-machine relationships, technology was providing a way ahead. For example, targets could be identified and shared without disclosing the source of that information or the classification level.
The practical problem is to move classified data around the battlespace to empower the war fighters without compromising classification methods.
According to Rear Admiral Manazir:
“Machines talking at multi-level and multi-channel encrypted security levels can exchange data without compromising the sources and methods whereby the data has been generated.
“Thereby an F-35 with US markings and an F-35 with Australian markings can share data effectively in the combat space.”
In effect, the broad problem is one of parsing information and solving the problem posed by Air Vice Marshal Gavin Turnbull at the last Williams Foundation Seminar:
“How do we get the right information to the right people at the right time?”
Putting the new carriers in play completely integrated with the F-35 will provide the foundation for shaping the way ahead for the UK power projection forces.
Put bluntly, shaping the way ahead will be defined by the operational experiences entailed in operating and deploying the new carrier strike force and leveraging that capability will be crucial in thinking through future procurement decisions as well.
How do I make my US Air Force ‘like’ F35A work closely with my US Navy ‘like’ Growler and Super Hornet to achieve a mission? Similarly, how do I ensure these aircraft, plus the Australian bespoke Wedgetail can work effectively with the RAN LHD and Air Warfare Destroyer to achieve a Maritime support or strike mission? It's a good problem to have. ...
This is an especially good look at the F-35 transition within the overall context of ADF transformation.
According to the Chief of the Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, the Australian Navy is being recapitalized in the time of significant innovation in the Pacific whereby new force concepts are being shaped, such as kill webs, distributed lethality, and fifth generation airpower. Vice Admiral Barrett Barrett made it very clear that what was crucial for the Navy was to design from the ground up any new ships to be core participants in the force transformation process ...
According to the Australian Navy’s Joint Capability Manager, Rear Admiral Mead:
“As we build our new ships, we are going to do so around a common structure, which brings together the sustainment, the training, command and management, land-based test bed, simulation the software development and importantly industry, into a common facility in order to provide the horsepower and genius necessary to support the capability at sea.. ..
Click on link below for an article by Robbin Laird following his recent trip to Australia for our Williams conference on Air-Sea Integration.
Click on link below for an article by Robbin Laird following his recent trip to Australia
Click on link below for an article by Robbin Laird following our recent seminar on Air Sea Integration
'Rear Admiral Manazir in Australia: Allied Convergence on the Kill Web'
Click on link below for an article on our recent seminar by Robbin Laird in Second Line of Defense.
Rear Admiral Manazir and the Australian and British military leadership at the recent Williams Seminar on air-sea integration focused on the importance of the kill web, or networked combat power in the evolution of national and coalition capabilities.
“The Williams Foundation is coalescing around a lot of the issues that we’re trying to solve.
For this, I thank the Williams Foundation.” ...
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