The Future of Allied Air Power – The Royal Australian Air Force


  1. Gladman, B.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This Scientific Report is the second in a series of reports for the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre. Their purpose is to inform discussions of capability and concept development within both the RCAF and CAF, as well as providing an important input into Canadian policy development. The methodology adopted begins with an analysis of the policy and supporting strategy framework of, in this case, Australia to develop an understanding of the direction being given to its military on the areas of the world and threats against which it is to prepare. On the basis of this understanding of the key tenets of Australian strategic thinking it is possible to identify those concepts and capabilities being developed to prepare the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to meet those threats. The findings of this analysis are that Australia will, for its own geostrategic reasons, continue to develop the capabilities necessary to ensure it remains an indispensable ally to the world’s dominant naval and air power. While at the political level a full embracing of the US Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons (JAM-GC) may not be in Australia’s interests, the capabilities it is now developing and its geography will make it an indispensable ally to US strategy in the Southwest Pacific. The institutional change those capabilities are forcing on the RAAF are an example of what the RCAF and CAF need to do to define a meaningful role for air and jo

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capability based planning;concept development;air power;Royal Australian Air Force;RAAF;air-sea battle;joint concept for access and maneuver in the global commons;JAMGC;wedgetail;aerial refueler;KC-30;F-35;anti-access;area-denial;Australian Defence;Force;F/A-18F;Plan Jericho;first principles review;Royal Canadian Air Force;RCAF
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-R212 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2015
Number of Pages
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