Royal Australian Air Force
Air Power Development Centre
To guide Air Force into the future
The fortnightly publication that covers both historical and current air-power related issues
The application of air and space power in furthering the effectiveness of the RAAF and wider ADO requires an understanding of the intricacies of air and space power that goes beyond training and doctrine. The Strategy section will evolve and manage a comprehensive plan to provide accurate and timely advice on all strategic air and space power issues to assist the senior decision-makers of the Service.
The Deputy Director-Air Power Strategy is the Air Force Headquarters (AFHQ) Air Power Strategist and is responsible for the development of air power strategy for the RAAF, and acts as the conduit through to the RAAF and the wider community to ensure aligned strategic engagement from the air and space power perspective.
Air Power Development Centre Education Section has four primary roles:
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The Doctrine Section is concerned with the strategic dimensions of the Air Force's current approach to the generation and application of its air power. This section develops the RAAF's air power doctrine at the strategic level through the synthesis of historical analysis, current practice, and the confirmed results of experimentation with new concepts.
The Doctrine Section studies air power issues, papers and doctrine from a wide range of military partners and other agencies. These studies are aimed at positioning the foundations of the Air Force's air power to align with the demands of a whole of government approach to national security and to facilitate interoperability with allies and coalition partners.
The Doctrine section manages the production of Air Force's philosophical level doctrine and coordinates the input from various subject matter experts to produce material that will shape our Air Force's intellectual and operational air power employment.
Air Force doctrine evolves as new knowledge and technology influence our capabilities. The Air Force has recently acquired a range of exciting capabilities to complement its proven ones. Capabilities mean nothing without the skills and intellect of a balanced, inclusive, workforce drawn from the Australian population. To ensure Air Force doctrine remains relevant throughout this evolution, the section works closely with the APDC's Education and Development sections.
Development Cell has a forward-looking remit and is principally concerned with identifying and exploring the potential impact of technological, strategic, societal, or environmental disruptors, innovations, and drivers on the future of Australian air power. The mission of the Development Cell is to improve the ability of Air Force to prepare for and adapt to change and potential disruption by promoting the development of creative and critical approaches to anticipating future changes in the tactical, operational, and strategic environments.
To achieve its mission the Cell conducts research into, provides seminars on, and facilitates workshops exploring a range of potential technological, strategic, societal, and environmental disruptors. innovations and drivers affecting the air and space domains. Topics range from the operationalising of hypersonics, to the potential effect of changes to the Antarctic situation, through to the impact of climate change. The output from these research and engagement efforts is the publication of a series of papers that explore the potential impact of various disruptors on Australian air power.