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.” ...
Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, head of the Joint Systems Division of the ADF’s acquisition and sustainment group, talked about the way ahead for the joint force from an acquisition and sustainment perspective. And with his longstanding involvement with rotary wing, we discussed the ADF experience in this area as well. He focused as well upon software upgradeability, communication integration and building an integrated force. ...
Williams Foundation seminar held on 10 August - more information and copies of presentations are available here. A final report will be published on the Williams Foundation website soon.
On March 17, 2016, the Williams Foundation held its latest seminar on fifth generation enabled combat operations, this one focused on new approaches to air-land integration. The terms of reference for the seminar highlighted the way ahead.
“Air forces need to be capable of delivering air and space power effects to support conventional and special operations in the land domain. Air-Land integration is one of the most important capabilities for successful joint operations.
The last decade has seen a significant shift in how airpower has supported ground operations. With the introduction of systems like Rover, the ability of airpower to provide precision strike to the ground forces saw a significant change in fire support from a wide variety of air platforms. Precision air dropping in support of outposts or moving forces introduced new capabilities of support.
Yet this template of air ground is really focused on air support to the ground whereas with the shift in the global situation, a much wider set of situations are emerging whereby the air-ground integration approach will become much wider in character, and the ability to insert force rapidly, as a precision strike capability, and to be withdrawn will be a key tool in the toolbox for decision makers.
Fifth generation enabled operations will see a shift to a distributed C2 approach which will clearly change the nature of the ground-to air command system, and the with the ability of fifth generation systems to generate horizontal communications among air assets outside the boundaries of a classic AWACs directed system, the change in C2 will be very wide ranging.”
This seminar is the fourth in a series of assessments and discussions of evolving approaches to 21st century combat capabilities under the influence of fifth generation air capabilities.
In this report, the main highlights generated by the seminar and discussion are augmented by a number of interviews conducted during and after the presentations at either the Air Power Conference or the Williams Seminar. As such, the report provides an overview on how the RAAF and the Australian Army are thinking about the transformation of the joint force.
The full report can be downloaded here.
Williams Foundation submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, the planned acquisition of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter).
On 2 December 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 May 2016. On 17 March 2016, the Senate extended the reporting date for the inquiry to 29 June 2016.
The planned acquisition of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter).
Shaping New Approaches to Air-Land Integration: The Perspective from Down Under
By Robbin Laird Second Line of Defense 18 March 2016
On March 17, 2016, in Canberra, Australia, the Williams Foundation held a seminar looking at the evolution of fifth generation enabled combat transformation which focused on new approaches to air-land integration.
What is clear is that the Aussies are at the cutting edge of the rethink of how to reshape an integrated 21st century force.
The Williams Foundation, PO Box 5214, KINGSTON ACT 2604