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  • 28 Oct 2015 7:18 AM | Anonymous

    The Annual General Meeting was held on 20th October 2015. The minutes are now available and can be downloaded here.

  • 24 Sep 2015 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    The 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held at Brindabella Business Park on Tuesday 20 October 2015.  Papers and voting forms are attached.

    In accordance with the Foundation Constitution the following documents are issued in support of the AGM:
    •    Formal Notice of the 2015 AGM
    •    Proxy Voting Form
    •    Special Resolutions
    •    Board Position Nomination Form
    •    Agenda

  • 15 Sep 2015 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Williams Foundation Plan Jericho Design-Led Innovation Seminar Special Report by Dr Robbin Laird, Second Line of Defense

    A comprehensive report on the Williams Foundation 6 August seminar, Plan Jericho, Shaping Design-Led Innovation, has been prepared for the Foundation by Dr Robbin Laird.

    The report can be downloaded here.

    Dr Laird has been reporting on the RAAF’s Jericho journey since the first Williams ‘5th Gen’ seminar in March 2014, and has been an active and supportive participant in the Williams seminars over the last 18 months.

    Dr Laird’s report explores and analyses the themes and issues discussed at the seminar on 6 August as well as presenting an excellent summary of each of the presentations.  He has used an episode from the Battle for Britain as a means of ‘setting the scene’ and highlighting the centrality of a concept of operations to provide the framework and foundation for integrating across platforms and enablers.  Dr Laird postulates that without such a conops to support the future 5th generation enabled ADF, our warfighting effectiveness will be sub-optimal.

    Dr Laird also conducted a series of interviews with the RAAF’s senior leadership to inform his analysis of the RAAF’s transformation challenges and opportunities.  Interviews with CAF and DCAF, operational and FEG commanders, and the outgoing CAF give this report a unique perspective.  Currents operations are reviewed, future challenges embraced, and the Jericho implications for the joint battlespace and Defence Industry are candidly discussed.

    More reports by Dr Laird about the RAAF, F-35 transition and other strategic and military topics can be found at his website:

  • 06 Aug 2015 11:56 PM | Anonymous

    Sir Richard Williams Foundation Media Release

  • 30 Jun 2015 8:13 PM | Anonymous

    On the third of June, The Sir Richard Williams Foundation held its first seminar for 2015. Top Defence and Defence Industry players gathered to discuss the current and future state of joint collective training in the ADF and the advancement of LVC. The theme of the day was interoperability and how government, different branches of the ADF and industry need to work together in order to operate in an increasingly complex and evolving environment to maximise fifth generation technology opportunities.

  • 11 May 2015 2:04 AM | Anonymous
    A special report from the Integrating Innovative Airpower Symposium in Copenhagen on 17 April 2015 has been prepared by Dr Robbin Laird from Second Line of Defense.  Dr Laird and SLD are supporting the Williams Foundation’s exploration of the implications of 5th generation technology.
  • 17 Apr 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous
    On Friday 17 April 2015, the Williams Foundation co-hosted a seminar in Copenhagen with the University of  Copenhagen's Centre for Military Studies. The seminar was titled 'Integrating Innovative Airpower, Facing 21st Century Strategic Challenges'. 

    The venue was one of Copenhagen's oldest military sites , The Kastellet - a 17th century fortress.  A fitting location to explore 21st century warfare!

    The seminar formed part of an ongoing series of seminars by the Foundation to explore the implications and opportunities for a 5th generation enabled Defence force.

    An indication of how universal these new future force considerations are was reflected by the attendees at the seminar.  There were military and diplomatic representatives from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, the United States, and the UK.  NATO and the European Air Group also participated. It was a truly global meeting of air power experts.

    The presentations from the seminar are available here.

    Dr Robbin Laird, who has previously worked with the Williams Foundation, was also at the Copenhagen seminar and his initial commentary on the issues explored can be found at:

  • 20 Mar 2014 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    The introduction into Air Force service of an all-weather long-range air-to-surface missile passed another milestone recently when a test AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) was successfully released from an F/A-18 at the Jervis Bay range facility or the first time.

    The test missile is designed to carry out carriage and release trials from F/A18 aircraft to determine safe release parameters. The test was coordinated by teams from the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Air Force and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

    Project manager SQNLDR Michael Spencer said the purpose of the trial was to determine if the aerodynamic flow permitted safe separation of a missile from the launch aircraft. Test pilots released the missile under typical operational flight conditions and delivery manoeuvres.

    "The trial was conducted using a JASSM Separation Test Vehicle (STV), which replicates the operational JASSM and transmits separation data to a telemetry ground station operated by the Ranges and Assessing Unit at Jervis Bay," SQNLDR Spencer said.

    DMO is acquiring the missile for Air Force through Project Air 5418 Phase 1 - Follow-On Stand-Off Weapon under contracts with Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force. The DMO project office is teamed with the Hornet Weapons Integration Project Team, from the Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office, to integrate JASSM onto the Air Force 'classic' F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft and achieve the Initial Operational Capability by the end of 2009.

    SQNLDR Spencer said the trial's success was made possible with support from other key Defence units including the Development and Test Wing of AOSG that provided the aircraft compatibility engineering expertise, test aircraft and crews; Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control that provided the technical expertise on the missile and its testing; the Jervis Bay Range Facility personnel with their telemetry equipment; 81WG for logistics engineering support; 78WG that provided a Hawk chase aircraft; and DSTO that provided wind tunnel testing and risk analyses.

    "More Australian JASSM flight trials are planned as part of an incremental test program," SQNLDR Spencer said.

    "This program builds on the results from each test to progressively improve confidence that the missile can be launched and operated safely over the range of flight altitudes, speeds and manoeuvres required to be used by our Hornet aircrews."

    Meanwhile, other upgrades to the Hornet continue on track following the successful trialling of the new Raytheon ALR-67(V) 3 radar warning receiver and acceptance into service of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) missile.

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