Issue 4 - 2nd August, 2010




Seminar: The Private Air Marshal - Biography of AIRMSHL George Jones

Thursday 19 August, 2010
Speaker: LtCol Brian Murray
Venue: R1 Theatre
Time: 14.30 – 15.30

The Canadian Air Force has provided air power capabilities to joint operations in Afghanistan, and Operation Enduring Freedom in the Persian Gulf region since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York. This seminar describes the history of Canadian Forces in the Middle East & SW Asia, Air Operations from 2001 – 2008, Canadian government directed increase in air capabilities in theatre, deployment of the Canadian Air Wing headquarters element, and the evolution of the deployed Canadian Tactical Air Control Party.




Pathfinder 137
What is ISR: An Integrated Activity and Enterprise

Pathfinder 138
The RAAF at Long Tan


Recommended Reading

Dominant Air Power in the Information Age - The Comparative Advantage of Air and Space Power in Future Conflict
By Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton
IISS Address - 15 February 2010

In this speech, by the RAF’s CAS, ACM Sir Stephen Dalton, we gain a better understanding of how the UK anticipate using air and space power ‘to maximise the advantage that mastery of the third dimension, and optimisation of the fourth dimension, can give us to our inherent advantage in future conflict, of whatever nature’. In doing so, ACM Dalton proposes that firstly, air and space power is not an optional luxury. Secondly, air and space power is, and must, be the UK’s comparative advantage in future conflicts. Thirdly, the UK can do this most effectively by using air power to dominate the timely acquisition of information and knowledge in the operational environment.


Beyond the numbers, behind the capabilities
By Karen Walker
Armed Forces Journal, Jul/Aug 2010

In the United States, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project has been widely criticised for cost over-runs and program delays. In this short article, Karen Walker provides a different perspective by discussing not only the complexities of the program and its current cost and scheduling problems, but also identifying the important and significant capability benefits the F-35 will provide. Recognising the F-35’s stealth technology and advanced integrated communications, sensor and data management systems, she concludes “the F-35 is a hybrid aircraft for hybrid wars” as its “flexibility across multiple missions is without parallel”. In effect, she opines that the JSF will excel across three of the four primary air power roles (control of the air, strike and ISR) and is thus necessary for the US military. Walker’s viewpoint has particular value in Australia given that the JSF program has also attracted, and continues to attract, debate in the Australian media.


Whatever Happened to Strategic Attack?
By LtCol J.P. Hunerwadel
Air & Space Power Journal - Spring 08

In this article the author describes strategic attack, its purpose and its history, and wonders openly why (US) joint doctrine pays little attention to it. Although air and special forces are most often called upon to conduct strategic attack, the author advocates its use by all services under the direction of the joint force command and in conjunction with operational campaigns and tactical operations. Recognising the efficiency of contributing to the attainment of national and strategic objectives through direct strategic attack, the author strongly recommends the US joint-doctrine community put aside service-centric resistance to this joint tool and grant it a permanent place in the joint-doctrine hierarchy.


Optimizing Deadly Persistence in Kandahar: Armed UAV Integration in the Joint Tactical Fight
By Luther S. Turner III, Jason T. Adair, and Louis Hamel.
Colloquium, 2009, vol.2, no. 2 (June)

Lethal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are a significant combat multiplier being employed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colonel Luther Turner, a [USAF] UAV pilot, Major Jason Adair, a Canadian infantry battle group operations officer, and Major Louis Hamel, commander of a Canadian Tactical Air Control Party, provide a unique perspective in air/land integration of UAV capabilities. The three agree that the key to successful employment of the UAV is the relationships formed between UAV crews and the ground personnel directing the aerial surveillance and strikes performed by the aircraft, articulation of priorities, and building and sharing a detailed intelligence picture.


Putting the Pilot in the RPAs
By J.A. Tirpak
Air Force Magazine, July 2010

“Remotely piloted aircraft are big business, but USAF must come up with the trained people to fly them.” This article examines the evolution of undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) training (URT) in the United States Air Force. In order to meet the skyrocketing demand for RPA crews, the original idea to create a URT course that would take less time and cost less than standard pilot training has not been fully realised, and some modification and lengthening of training has been required. Additionally, the USAF has taken significant steps to institutionalise RPA crew career fields for both pilots and sensor operators. Appreciation of the RPA crew training and personnel management lessons learned by the USAF is important for forces like the ADF who are beginning to incorporate UAS in their force structures.


Did you know ...?

The last time that an Australian soldier was killed by enemy air attack is believed to have been at Finschhafen, New Guinea, on 25 October 1943. The headquarters of the 9th Division was hit in a pre-dawn raid by Japanese aircraft, and about half a dozen personnel on the ground were killed. Among them was Brigadier S.T.W. Goodwin, commander of the division's artillery. Although the Japanese had been able to operate in some strength in previous days - for instance on the night of 19-20 October shipping in Langemak Bay was attacked by no fewer than 60 enemy planes - from this date the Allies had achieved air supremacy and Japanese aircraft were rarely able to get through.


The views expressed in this newsletter and the linked articles are entirely those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Royal Australian Air Force.

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