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Air Power Australia Aims

Australia requires a modern integrated joint national force structure for its defence. The purpose of Air Power Australia is to contribute to the development of such a joint force structure.

Air Power Australia is a non-profit entity established with the primary aim of air power research and analysis, especially in the context of a modern integrated joint national force structure.

Air Power Australia is not affiliated with the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force or any other Commonwealth organisation.

Air Power Australia Website
The  Air Power Australia website was established in October, 2004, with the aim of  promoting air power; stimulating public and parliamentary debate on air power topics; educating the community; and, publishing and archiving papers and articles on air power topics. The website covers a wide range of air,  land and sea warfare topics, especially where these are related to the integration and synergy of air, land and sea warfighting capabilities.

The views stated in posted articles are those of their respective authors, and all posted materials retain the copyright of the respective owner or owners.

Air Power Australia Analyses
ISSN   1832-2433
Air Power Australia Analyses is Australia’s first online peer reviewed scholarly journal covering air power and related topics, established in 2004. Its aim is to provide a platform for academic and professional research, analysis and discussion papers focussed on the military science aspects of modern air power and its applications. Research publications cover the areas of policy, policy reform, strategy, technological strategy and basic technology. All publications are fully peer reviewed, and APA policy is to engage two or more reviewers for each publication.

Air Power Australia Background

Australia is on the threshold of a major reduction in its relative military capabilities against the broader region. Since the early 1990s the region has experienced unprecedented growth in military capabilities, most noticeably in air power and in modern guided weapons, largely of Russian origin. In this rapidly evolving strategic environment, Australia is actively reducing the relative capability of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), rather than seeking to maintain its historical advantage in capability.

This capability reduction is being effected in the short term by premature retirement of the F-111 strike fleet, which provided around 50% of the nation’s strike capability. In the long term, myopic insistence on a single type replacement of the F/A-18A and F-111 forces, the preferred Joint Strike Fighter  to be used in roles it was not defined for.  It is thus not expected to provide the capability advantages historically enjoyed by the RAAF, as it is a battlefield strike and close air support system rather than a general purpose fighter bomber like the F-22A. Numerous industry proposals to affordably increase RAAF capability exist, for instance by further expansion of the tanker fleet using surplus commercial airliners.

Unless Australia rapidly implements aggressive policy changes in long term planning for the RAAF force structure, Australia’s slide in capabilities relative to the Asia-Pacific-Indian region will continue unabated.

Air Power Australia was founded by Dr Carlo Kopp and Mr Peter Goon.  The research findings  presented by Air Power Australia are derived from rigorous quantitative analyses that have been peer reviewed in order to provide a benchmark for analytical technique and debate in Australia.  Air Power Australia does not seek to dwell on the question of who is right or wrong when it comes to Australia’s defence capability needs; Air Power Australia will focus on what is  right for Australia and future generations of Australians.

We hope APA website and associated endeavours contribute to securing a more appropriate air power force structure for the defence of current and future generations of Australians.  Our future will depend on an RAAF  force structure which is more cost effective, reflects the innovative Australian ethos and carries far less risk than that currently planned for by the Department of Defence.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr.
I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked, 1935

To conquer the command of the air means victory; to be beaten in the air means defeat and acceptance of whatever terms the enemy may be pleased to impose…

Victory will smile upon those who anticipate changes in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after changes occur.   

General Giulio Douhet
The Command of the Air, 1921

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