Countering Hybrid Threats with Air Power?

Countering Hybrid Threats with Air Power? Making True Sense of the ‘Hybrid Warfare’ Concept By Lieutenant Colonel Martin Menzel, DEU A, JAPCC Introduction Events of 2014 forced NATO member states to reconsider the international security environment. In the East, Russia’s annexation of Crimea took the world by surprise. Russia’s swift victory appeared especially impressive because…

The Role of BMD in Deterrence?

The Role of BMD in Deterrence? By Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Schmidt, DEU AF, JAPCC Introduction Neither Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) nor deterrence are new topics, and for a good part of the last half-century, the contribution of BMD to deterrence (during the Cold War) was limited but well understood. The western position that it is…

Sea-based Ballistic Missile Defence

Sea-based Ballistic Missile Defence German Contribution to a Future European Capability By Rear Admiral (ret.) Jürgen Mannhardt, DEU N Introduction Despite many UN resolutions, an ongoing series of North Korean missile tests have recently alarmed the world. Effective media propaganda, provocative performance displays, and the apparently unpredictable government are raising concerns about appropriate preventive measures.…

Developing Solutions for Multinational Interoperability

Developing Solutions for Multinational Interoperability The European Air Group (EAG) By Wing Commander Jonathan Heald, EAG ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.’ Henry Ford Interoperability – What is the Problem? Darts and golf are sports played by individuals. Most able-bodied darts or golf players would agree that…

The Challenges of Fifth-Generation Transformation

The Challenges of Fifth-Generation Transformation By Wing Commander André Adamson, UK Royal Air Force By Colonel Matthew Snyder, US Air Force This article reflects the authors’ own views and not the official policy of their respective organizations. It is an abridged version of a longer essay published in the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Journal…

Standardizing Automated Air-to-Air Refuelling

Standardizing Automated Air-to-Air Refuelling Considerations for a NATO Concept of Operations By Steve McLaughlin, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) By Mark Pilling, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) By Phillip ‘PD’ Weber, Coherent Technical Services Inc. (CTSi) By Ba Nguyen, Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Introduction Researchers have been studying the possibility of refuelling aircraft without…

Beating Cold

Beating Cold Rotary Wing Operations in the Arctic By Lieutenant Colonel Miklós Szabó, HUN AF, JAPCC ‘NATO needs realistic training, where we can combine operations in the air, at sea and on land. In Norway we get everything, this is one of the best places to train in Europe … The cold climate also brings…

SEAD Operations of the Future

SEAD Operations of the Future The Necessity of Jointness By Col Joseph Speed, USA AF, JAPCC By Lt Col Panagiotis Stathopoulos, GRC AF, JAPCC Introduction Destroying or disrupting an enemy’s air defence has long been central to any air campaign because it enables friendly air superiority/supremacy that protects friendly forces and allows freedom of movement.…

Close Air Support of the Future

Close Air Support of the Future Is the Present Concept Still Adequate? By Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri, ITA AF By Lieutenant Colonel Michele Ferrari, ITA A. Avn. Introduction After the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, many of the Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP), as well as Lessons…

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability Operating in the Land and Littoral Environment Anno 2035 Part 3: Defining the Capability By Colonel Wim Schoepen, BEL AF, JAPCC Having established some technological requirements in the first article1 and the most obvious user requirements in the second2, this third and final article will be dedicated to drawing the sketch…