Key Developments

Layered ISR and a Focused Force

By Robbin Laird

If you want to shape an effective focused force with modest capability, for certain you need…

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Transparency in Arms Support to Ukraine: Missing in Action?

By James Durso

Throughout the U.S. effort to support war-torn Ukraine, Republican politicians asked where the money was going…

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Shaping C2 for the ADF and Coalition Forces: The Perspective of Air Vice Marshal Mike Kitcher

By Robbin Laird

When I was in Australia in September of last year, I had a chance to talk…

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RPAs, Autonomous Systems and How to Strengthen the ADF in the Next 3-5 Years

By Robbin Laird

The Australian government is shifting resources from the Air Force and the Army and from the…

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How to Enhance Space’s Contribution to Australian Multi-Domain Operations in Support of Maritime Operations

By Robbin Laird

Australia has more demands than it has budget. It has more challenges than it has forces.…

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Kenneth Maxwell Looks Back at the Portuguese Revolution: The 25 April 2024 São Paulo Lecture

By Kenneth Maxwell

I was invited by Professor Vera Lucia Amaral Ferlini, who holds the Jaime Cortesão Chair at…

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Special Reports
The first of two seminars of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation in 2024 was held on 11 April...
Book Review
Kenneth Maxwell's work reconstructs the saga of the English scholar who unraveled colonial life in Brazil and was accused of being a traitor in his own country. The book Kenneth Maxwell on Global Trends - an historian of the 18th...
Featured Defense System
By 2nd Lt. John Graham2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES -- Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Squadron (VMUT) 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), began the assembly of 2nd MAW’s first MQ-9A Reaper, April 10, as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ continued transition from the legacy RQ-21A Blackjack in accordance with Force Design initiatives. “The delivery and build of VMUT-2’s first MQ-9A aircraft is yet another successful milestone in the transition of VMUT-2 to become the MQ-9A Fleet Replacement Squadron, responsible for the world-class training of the Marine Corps’ MQ-9A pilots and sensor operators,” said Lt. Col. Michael Donlin, commanding officer of VMUT-2. Many of the parts for the aircraft were delivered to VMUT-2, known as the “Night owls,” aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North...

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