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2007 Chief of Air Force Air Show Conference
Smaller Air Forces and the Future of Air Power
Presentations to the 2007 Chief of Air Force Air Show Conference, held in conjunction with the 2007 Australian International Air Show, Avalon, Victoria, 19 March 2007
A single download will be provided once technical difficulties with ACAUST's presentation have been resolved.
Centric Warfare and the Future of Air Power. - Proceedings of the
2004 Air Power Conference, held in Canberra on 16-17 September 2004, edited
by Keith Brent
The theme of the 2004 Conference was Network Centric Warfare and the Future of Air Power. The world is going through very uncertain times and the Defence Forces have to be capable of adequate flexibility to cope with the ever-increasing and diverse demands of the future. The concept of Network Centric Warfare (NCW) is a step towards enabling the fielded forces optimum capabilities to address the challenges that face them in the future operating environment. For this reason it is imperative that the RAAF examines the impact of this concept on the future development of air power capabilities.
New technology has always been the catalyst that changes the character of conflict, although the enduring nature of war in terms of its friction and fog will continue to persist. The NCW concept attempts to reduce the effects of the fog and friction of war and bring it closer to exactness in a reliable manner. The dimension of the concept provides great opportunities, yet these opportunities cannot be fully exploited without an appreciation of the risks involved.
This book records the proceedings of the 2004 RAAF Air Power Conference. It is intended not only as a record for those who attended but as a basis for future discussions and as a contribution to the ongoing study and debate of air power issues.
The contributors are Air Marshal Angus Houston, Senator the Honourable Robert Hill, Lieutenant General Joseph E. Hurd, Air Vice-Marshal Iain McNicoll, Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani, Lieutenant General Dato? Azizan bin Ariffin, Professor Ross Babbage, Dr Alan Vick, Dr Alan Stephens, Mr Sanu Kainikara, Lieutenant General Carl O'Berry, Group Captain Chris Finn, Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer, Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, Squadron Leader Tim Anderson, Squadron Leader Cheryl Neal, Squadron Leader Dominic Sims and Air Vice-Marshal Roxley McLennan.
- The State and Aerospace Power. - Proceedings of the 2002 Air Power
Conference, held in Canberra on 28-29 May 2002, edited by Alistair Dally
& Rosalind Bourke
The theme of the 2002 RAAF Aerospace Conference was 'Conflict, The State and Aerospace Power.' The conference brought out a number of important factors in the understanding of the changing face of conflict and the evolving nature of nation-states. It also raised a number of critical issues that impact directly on the well being of a state and has particular relevance to aerospace power projection capabilities. The conference addressed the vexing problems of nation security in the changed international scenario and the role of the armed forces in pursuing a competent national secuirty policy. The future utilisation of the military in conflict and the role of the air force in such operations were also debated.
Power and Joint Forces. - Proceedings of the 2000 Air Power Conference,
held in Canberra on 8-9 May 2000, edited by Keith Brent
The theme of the 2000 Conference was Air Power and Joint Forces. When we consider the application of combat power today, we invariably do so within a joint, as opposed to a single or even two-service, context. But while the merit of joint action may be self-evident, in practice it raises many complex challenges: command, organisation, cooperation, planning, force balance, threat prosecution and so on. The objective of the 2000 Air Power Conference was to discuss and analyse those kinds of challenges. This book records the proceedings of the event. Topics discussed addressed include globalisation, the evolution of the joint force, air power and asymmetric threats, the military use of space, air exclusion zones, the role of the media, command and leadership, and ethics and the profession of arms.
the Limits. - Proceedings of the 1998 Air Power Conference, held in
Canberra March 1998, edited by Shaun Clarke
The post-Cold War political environment combined with information and military technology 'revolutions' has set new political demands, organisational challenges and technological possibilities for air power planners.
'Testing the Limits' - as a conference and as a book - has been concerned with the stimulation and collection of new thought on air power. Presenters in this work include strategists, military chiefs, technologist, futurologists and sociopolitical scientists. The emergent lexicon includes micro electromechanical devices (MEMS), 'reach-back' logistics, information management by pattern recognition, expeditionary aerospace forces, hypersonics, 'halt phase' warfare, combat UAVs, cloned organic sensors, phased array lasers, sensor-to-shot systems, knowledge dominance and information attack. Inseparable from these developments in the greater defence picture are the ongoing issues of political system evolution, the changing role of physical force in national security, and the migration of military culture and ethos.
Era Security. - Proceedings of the 1996 Air Power Conference, held
in Canberra June 1996, edited by Alan Stephens
Many strategists believe that defence forces around the world are currently experiencing a 'Revolution in Military Affairs'. While the description 'revolution' might be questioned, there is no doubt that dramatic changes are taking place. Nor is there any doubt that the rate of change is unprecedented, a factor which has the potential both to create uncertainty and raise international tensions.
This book examines some of the critical issues associated with New Era Security. While the individual chapters were written specifically with the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian defence in mind, most of the insights and observations are relevant to national security concerns generally.
War in the Air 1914-1994. - Proceedings of the 1994 Air Power Conference,
held in Canberra March 1994, edited by Alan Stephens
From the time aircraft became a weapon of war, air power has been a controversial subject.
The War in the Air 1914-1194 contains the proceedings of a conference held by the Royal Australian Air Force in March 1994, when some of the world's leading air power scholars and practitioners examined this most potent and pervasive form of combat power, from the First World War through to the Gulf War and the future.
Each year the Air Power Development Centre publishes the proceedings of that year's RAAF History Conference. These books, usually 100-150 pages, contain details of the contributers to the conference, a transcript of the Opening Address and the various presentations of the contributers to the History Conference. Also included are transcripts of panel discussions during the conference, and finally the conference's closing address.
of Air Power. - Proceedings of the 2005 RAAF History Conference, held
in Canberra on 12 August 2005, edited by Keith Brent
100 Years of Aviation: The Australian Military Experience. - Proceedings
of the 2003 RAAF History Conference, held in Canberra on 4-5 August 2003,
edited by Keith Brent
Air Power and Wars of National Liberation. - Proceedings of the 2002
RAAF History Conference, held in Canberra on 30 August 2002, edited by
Chapter of Endless Possibilities: The Birth of Australian Military Aviation.
- Proceedings of the 2001 RAAF History Conference, held in Canberra
on 24 August 2001, edited by Keith Brent
ISBN 0 642 26575 5
and Leadership in War and Peace 1914-1975. - Proceedings of the 1999
RAAF History Conference, held in Canberra on 29 October 1999, edited by
ISBN 0 642 26537 2
The RAAF in the War in Vietnam. - Proceedings of the 1998 RAAF History Conference, held in Canberra on 30 October 1998, edited by John Mordike
ISBN 0 642 26537 2
The Post War Years: 1945-1954. - Proceedings of the 1996 RAAF History Conference, held in Canberra on 25 October 1996, edited by John Mordike
ISBN 0 642 26501 1
Regional Air Power Workshop. Held in Edinburgh on 6-8 October 1998,
edited by Keith Brent
The 1998 Regional Air Power Workshop was conducted at RAAF
Base Edinburgh, South Australia, with the theme being Professional Mastery.
Countries represented included Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and
the United Kingdom. Papers were presented by representatives from all
Regional Air Power Workshop. Held in Canberra on 23-25 September
1997, edited by Keith Brent
The 1997 Regional Air Power Workshop was conducted in Canberra with the theme of 'Combined Operations'. Countries represented included Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore and the United States. Papers were presented by representative from all participating countries.