The JAPCC Rotary Wing Focus Group

The JAPCC Rotary Wing Focus Group (RWFG) Rotary wing assets are widely used by all services among the Alliances’ militaries and have always represented very critical capabilities in NATO-led operations. In order to best assess the current situation, recommend a way ahead, and monitor progress in the development of these capabilities, the JAPCC has established…

Helicopter Users Data Base

Helicopter Users Data Base A New JAPCC Project to Improve Capability Building Helicopter capabilities are probably the most heterogeneous within the Alliance’s military aviation inventory. Helicopter units are scattered through all services and, more than in other flying units, they vary significantly in size, organizational structure, and operational capability. At one end of the spectrum…

No Fair Fights

No Fair Fights The Effects of Hybrid War, Disinformation, and RPA Automation on NATO Air Power By Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Presa-Diaz, Ph.D., ESP AF, JAPCC By Lieutenant Colonel Martin Menzel, MBA, DEU A, JAPCC The monopoly of violence is one element that confirms the statehood of modern nations. By agreeing to allocate ways and means…

Beating Brownout

Beating Brownout Technology Helps, but Training Remains Key By Commander Maurizio Modesto, ITA N, JAPCC Introduction When I started my helicopter pilot training at Whiting Field (US), I practiced my landings on clean, square, cement pavement. Conditions hardly differed when I made my first operational landings as a Navy helicopter pilot. When I approached a…

Fifth Generation Air Combat

Fifth Generation Air Combat Maintaining the Joint Force Advantage By Major General Jeff Harrigian, USA AF By Colonel Max Marosko, USA AF This is an abridged version of an article published in the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Journal Ed. No. 6, July 2016. Fifth Generation Aircraft, Defined For the purposes of this paper, we…

European Security and the Significance of the F-35

European Security and the Significance of the F-35 By Air Commodore Dr. Frans Osinga This essay is the reprint of an article published in October 2016 by the Norwegian Airforce Magazine ‘LUFTLED’. Introduction The introduction of F-35 fighters in European air forces marks a momentous transition from 4th generation fighters to the 5th generation. But…