Pathfinder Collection Volume 10
Since June 2004, the Air Power Development Centre has published fortnightly Pathfinder bulletins that deal with topics ranging across contemporary
Using AI to Understand and Manage Risk
For almost a decade now, IBM Research has been supporting risk management using an AI based and data driven, support tool: the Scenario Planning Ad
Cyber Security and Aviation Operations
This presentation will highlight the challenges that aviation operations are facing today and describe a new UNSW Canberra research project on auto
5th Generation Air Battle Management
Underpinning modernisation efforts in the Australian and US Air Forces is the shared recognition that success in the future battle space depends fo
An Australian Space Industrial Base – Grand Strategy or Strategy of Grandeur?
It’s a pivotal moment to be engaged in the space sector in Australia.
Development of an ADF Integrated Air and Missile Capability to Combat Advanced Air and Missile Threats - 2019 Wrigley Prize Winner
Access to foreign bases has long been a critical enabler of the ADF, and ongoing access will be key to Australia’s future security. In the past, these Forward Operating Bases (FOB) were considered relatively secure, however continual improvements to the range and accuracy of missiles acquired by adversarial militaries have made these bases attractive targets, being the seemingly soft underbelly of western militaries.
In order to continue utilisation of FOBs, and to guarantee the safety of deployed forces, the ADF cannot remain idle to the threat of advanced air and missile attacks. As such Australia must look to develop its Air and Missile Defence (AMD) capabilities in order to remain secure in future operations.
The aim of the essay is to discuss a range of AMD design and operating concepts to inform the development of an ADF Integrated AMD (IAMD) capability.
This essay will be structured into four key areas: western nations’ historical and future reliance on FOBs to project power; the emerging threat of powerful state and non-state actors; Australia’s response to emerging air and missile threats; and, IAMD design and operational concepts in an Australian context.
Asymmetry and Air Power: Exquisite Investment or Extraneous Irrelevance
The RAAF has evolved as an Air Force based on the lessons of 20th century Air Power to become a ‘model’ mid-sized Air Force with an exquisite, mode
The Kestrel Papers - A Selection of Essays on Air Power
The Kestrel Papers is a compilation of essays written by a number of young military professionals who have endeavoured to study air power in detail