2011 was a challenging year for the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC). We completed a number of important projects as well as sustained our participation in many NATO activities. Our annual conference was one of the year’s highlights along with a visit from a Russian Federation delegation. JAPCC also produced two Journals and many other products with which the Centre has once again emphasised its attention to all related Air and Space matters. Combined, these projects, activities, and events contribute to the overall program of work for the JAPCC.
Logistics is of vital importance to any military operation. Without it, operations cannot be carried out or sustained. Most operations start at home base and use a combination of strategic, operational and tactical movement to move forward into the Area of Operations (AOO). The greater the scope and the size of the operation, theoretically, the greater the reliance on Movement and Transportation (M&T) and logistics resources for deployment, sustainment and redeployment. The Logistics effort for Operation Unified Protector (OUP) appeared to succeed, but has NATO missed an opportunity?
This edition contains submissions from Australia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I want to especially thank our contributors, and I hope you feel inspired to further debate the topics inside these pages. Your thoughts and ideas will help shape the future of Air and Space Power.
This AT Assessment is a source document with the principal aim of underscoring the importance of Strategic and Tactical AT by raising awareness of current and emerging AT issues across the NATO community. This Assessment describes and analyses the current NATO military AT inventory and supporting multinational agencies, identifies problems and recommends possible solutions. Ultimately, this AT Assessment endeavours to contribute to standardisation and interoperability across the Alliance.
This publication provides a summary of the Air and Space (A&S) Power contribution to NATO’s approach to Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) operations.
Employing Air and Space power is founded on the ability to build up a strong awareness of the environment and of all related human limits; this is the only way to reach a full consciousness and a correct comprehensive approach. This is especially true for Space Power which is still seen as far away from daily life.
We begin the thirteenth edition of the JAPCC Journal with two contrasting articles. The first looks at one of the world’s oldest Air Forces and the second at its youngest. Few need reminding of the genesis of Air Warfare during the Italo-Turkish War in 1911, where reconnaissance and bombing sorties by the Servizio Aeronautico represented the first ever use of heavier-than-air aircraft in armed conflict. Air Power has come a very long way since then and we are indebted to the Chief of the Italian Air Force for his insights into today’s challenges.
In 2010, we at the JAPCC took a hard look at ourselves to ensure that all of the work we undertake remains relevant to NATO and the Nations. If we are to do this effectively we must rigorously apply best practice to our research processes and to the presentation of our results so that we continue to provide the best military advice. The ultimate aim was to build upon our hard-earned reputation as NATO’s pre-eminent advocate for the development and enhancement of Joint Air & Space Power.
The AAR Flight Plan is a source document aimed at informing the wider NATO Alliance that establishes guidelines for improving AAR interoperability between nations. This Flight Plan reviews current NATO AAR capabilities, identifies problems in standardisation and discusses future considerations. This document will also present a catalogue of current and future NATO AAR assets, examining a broad range of issues likely to impact future Alliance AAR planning and execution. It endeavours to increase awareness and, ultimately, standardisation and interoperability across the Alliance.
The aim of this Primer is to provide an insight into the history of PR and to pursue a common global standard; to highlight the current complexities with stand-alone national policies; and to suggest changes necessary for a collaborative approach.