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  • Shaping a 21st Century Korean Defense Strategy: Key Questions to Address | SLDInfo
    the 2015 deadline for the transfer seems to be a moving rather than fixed target clearly the assumption operating with the OPCON is that the US Army will become a supporting command to the ROK Army and that the air role for the Air Forces will NOT follow that example but with the USAF continuing to play the lead role In part this is due to the realistic focus upon the threat from North Korean aerospace forces notably missiles and nukes In addition to these differences it is clear that there are a number of key building blocks which can be leveraged in the period ahead to shape a new strategy First the evolution of missile defense is a key element in any solution set to shape an effective approach And the trend line here is to more effectively link the disparate systems into a system of systems to more effectively link these defensive systems into a more effective operational whole This is clearly happening with THAAD and Aegis and needs to happen with regard to the Patriot systems in South Korea as well Second fifth generation aircraft are already available in the region and will be augmented by the shaping of a Pacific fleet of F 35s The fifth generation aircraft are not simply fighters as Lt General retired Deptula often points out but are forward deployed sensors as well as strike systems They could be used over time to tee up other strike elements as well as to integrate with defensive systems to shape a strike and defense enterprise which can deliver a decisive blow to the North Korean nuclear and missile complex if war comes Third the US Navy and USMC are shaping new capabilities for mutli vector insertion of force whether it be with the Ospreys the Bs to come off of the amphibious ships and with the coming of the USS America and with the coming of the USS Ford Innovative new ways to integrate the air arm into a comprehensive strike and defense complex Clearly a 21 st century Inchon strategy is possible with the evolution of US Air Force US Navy and USMC capabilities combined with evolving US Army ADA capabilities as well A key issue to address is the question of the use of nuclear weapons themselves The Russians have made it clear that the modernization of their tactical nuclear arsenal is part of their response to the Second Nuclear Age and their defense of the Russian Far East a region crucial to their future Assuming the United States does not want to go down that path there will need to be a concerted effort to build out the strike and defense capabilities to ensure the credibility of a nuclear dismantlement missile destruction and leadership decapitation strategy Not accepting the hoard goes South as the initial feint followed by the Dear Leader determining when to strike is central to an effective strategy Hunkering down to defend and focusing on eliminating an artillery

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  • Lt. General Jouas on Preparing for the Future of South Korean Defense | SLDInfo
    managing one of the most crucial air components in the USAF in a theater facing an unsteady nuclear power how do you view this transition Lt General Jouas We ve always talked about decentralized execution in the Air Force This plane will play a forcing function role with regard to C2 We are going to reshape how we do centralized control and decentralized execution with the situational awareness interconnectivity and capabilities that this particular airplane will bring to us and to our allies and partners Notably with regard to functions like electronic attack in the past we have flown specialized assets to achieve those effects These were mission defined aircraft and operations With the F 35 fleet we will have at our disposal an aircraft with both kinetic and non kinetic options at our disposal to attack the enemy We are clearly just on the edge of understanding what such capabilities can deliver and over time our concepts of operations will clearly evolve Question You are sitting in a theater which is characterized by what Paul Bracken has referred to as a second nuclear age power facing you directly This is not 1954 and one cannot assume that if conflict unfolds that the Dear Leader will follow a ladder of escalation approach How does this affect your thinking about and approach to the theater U S Air Force Lt Gen Jan Marc Jouas United Nations Command Korea deputy commander U S Forces Korea deputy commander Air Component Command Republic of Korea U S Combined Forces Command commander 7th Air Force commander addresses the ceremony attendees during the 67th anniversary of the United Nations Nov 29 2012 at New Sanno Hotel U S Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo Lt General Jouas We have a tough problem with North Korea obviously You have to understand that this is a different type of adversary with capabilities that concern us and we need the best tools possible in order to contend with it We should not mirror image when we consider the North Korean nuclear strategy North Korea has seen what happened in Libya and with Kaddafi and that s reinforced their strategy And while this may be a North Korean problem right now there s a strong possibility it won t remain so And that creates real danger to our allies and our homeland We have to think about a world in which we have more than one North Korea in which those capabilities are held by other nations whose interests and strategy are very different from ours Question Our allies in the Pacific are adding capabilities and working towards a more effective Pacific defense approach How does that affect the US position in the region Lt General Jouas The upgrading of capabilities throughout the Pacific contributes to our overall coalition capabilities The addition of airlift aerial refueling command and control and other combat capabilities among core partners will enhance our position and our overall capabilities whether it is for dealing with

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  • Three Historic Firsts for Italy in the F-35 Program During 2015 | SLDInfo
    a chance to talk with the two Italian pilots in a phone interview on November 6 2015 and to get their perspective on their first flight and their sense of the way ahead Question I assume that you went through what has become the basic syllabus of training of about seven weeks with simulators and classrooms and then flew the jet Answer We have about six weeks in the simulators and classroom training on the TTPs Tactics Training and Procedures to get read to fly the airplane We have an exam with a USAF trainer and then we are ready to fly the jet Question When we spent time with the Brits and the Marines we learned that they flew each other s aircraft and you did the same by flying USAF and Aussie F 35s Could you explain how unusual this is at this phase of your training Answer What you mention is one of the key points of this program Starting from training to tomorrow s operations we are learning from the ground up Shaping common TTPs is crucial to shaping an integrated approach We are training on the same basis from the ground up This is the very first combat aircraft program which has this capability built into We have come to Sheppard to train with the USAF but it is a trainer and we do not share TTPs as we are doing with the F 35 We start with the shared TTPs and then go from there Question In other discussions with experienced pilots who have become F 35 pilots all mention that the mental furniture associated with operating a multi mission aircraft versus a multi tasking aircraft is very different They also emphasized how crucial it is to get into the F 35 to move on to understand the transformation of airpower What is your sense of this shift Answer The aircraft is so easy to fly that you spend 99 per cent of your time shaping a strategy as you use your two screens You are focused on your mission instead of flying your jet and trying to achieve your mission We are very happy to be part of the program and to understand from the ground up how significant a shift the F 35 coalition capability is going to be Of course we are also happy to be building our own jets and bringing them to Luke next year The first five Italian built jets will take off from Cameri and fly to Luke next year Question You flew an Australian jet yesterday You do not normally work with Australian pilots but you will get to know them from the ground up as well as you train at Luke and fly each other s jets What is your sense of this dynamic Answer The young guys will grow up in a very advanced warfighting and multi national environment because of this program They will be used to not just working together from time

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  • Shaping a Way Ahead for the 21st Century Air Combat Enterprise: An Australian Perspective on the Italian First Flight | SLDInfo
    Australian instructors and students working with the 62 nd Fighter Squadron as well as the reverse http flightlines airforcetimes com 2015 06 22 luke stands up new f 35 squadron We are working with the same curriculum and syllabus within the program Question You are working critical mass not just from a pilot perspective but from the air systems perspective Is that how to look at it Group Captain Beck It is Not everyone has enough jets at the beginning but by being part of a coalition critical mass they have access to more than simply their own national jets By putting the various national participants in a common pool you can accelerate learning and shape more effective solutions from the beginning And we are seeing a clear acceleration of this process something not easily recognized by those not participating in the program And with the growing numbers of F 35 pilots and maintainers you will bring fifth generation into the main stream Rather than simply being a niche capability it will become the mainstay for change for the air combat force It is going to become more of a day to day experience it is going to become less special and more normal Exercise directors from participating countries for Exercise Cope North including Group Captain Glen Beck 5th from left from the RAAF listen to the opening briefs at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam Credit Australian Ministry of Defence 2 14 A lot of people don t realize how much momentum we have in the program and we are rapidly achieving critical mass in the program This will be the premier fighter in the 21 st century several nations will be using it and sharing their combat experiences and building an evolving capability over time In my opinion a lot of people are yet to think through what the impact of this will mean Question And the capability of partners and allies to work through their own ways ahead will be enhanced as well How do you view the regional opportunities inherent in the program Group Captain Beck There is a clear capability to work to build greater regional collaboration as well Instead of a FMS approach to buying a US system the F 35 is more of a global network of depots suppliers and there are opportunities to collaborate as well regionally from an ownership of capability perspective Bio Group Captain Glen Beck Current Responsibilities The position of Director Air Combat Transition Office DACTO retains overall responsibility for coordination of the RAAF s air combat transition composing F18F F18G and JSF DACTO is specifically responsible for introduction to service of the F 35A as a representative of the Capability Manager in the Australian JSF Division Integrated Project Team Previous Service Group Captain Glen Beck was born in Melbourne in 1969 Upon completing high school he attended the University of Melbourne for one year before joining the RAAF in 1989 Group Captain Beck continued his studies at the

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  • Italy and Two Historic First Flights in 2015: Shaping the F-35 Global Enterprise | SLDInfo
    mission sequential air taskings and large scale fleet configuration planning An Italian F 35 Lightning II pilot is met by a 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman Nov 5 2015 at Luke Air Force Base Ariz after the pilot flew the first Italian F 35 training mission U S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan As Lt General Preziosa the head of the Italian Air Force put it in an interview in his office in Rome in late September 2015 The F 22 and the F 35 are called fifth generation aircraft but really the F 35 is the first airplane built for the digital age we are rapidly moving from the dog fight concept to the data fight evolution of the broad utilization of air power It was conceived in and for that age and is built around the decision tools in the cockpit and is in fact a flying brain And that makes it different from other aircraft It is a multi tasking aircraft and fits well into the I phone age Other aircraft with the exception of the F 22 are built to maximize out as multi mission aircraft which execute tasks sequentially and directed to do so The F 35 fleet thinks and hunts and can move around the mission set as pilots operate in the battlespace and leverage the data fusion system It is a battlespace dominance aircraft not a classic air superiority air defense or ground attack aircraft It changes the classic distinctions confuses them and defines a whole new way to look at a combat aircraft one built for the joint force age as well The Army and the Navy will discover as the F 35 fleet becomes a reality how significant the F 35 is for their combat efforts http breakingdefense com 2015 10 italys air force chief on the f 35 eurofighter and predator http www sldinfo com an update on the evolution of airpower a discussion with lt general preziosa on the way ahead for the italian air force I had a chance to talk with the two Italian pilots in a phone interview on November 6 2015 and to get their perspective on their first flight and their sense of the way ahead Question I assume that you went through what has become the basic syllabus of training of about seven weeks with simulators and classrooms and then flew the jet Answer We have about six weeks in the simulators and classroom training on the TTPs Tactics Training and Procedures to get read to fly the airplane We have an exam with a USAF trainer and then we are ready to fly the jet Question When we spent time with the Brits and the Marines we learned that they flew each other s aircraft and you did the same by flying USAF and Aussie F 35s Could you explain how unusual this is at this phase of your training Answer What you mention is one of the key

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  • The Second Italian-Built F-35 Takes to the Skies | SLDInfo
    combat aircraft program which has this capability built into We have come to Sheppard to train with the USAF but it is a trainer and we do not share TTPs as we are doing with the F 35 We start with the shared TTPs and then go from there Question In other discussions with experienced pilots who have become F 35 pilots all mention that the mental furniture associated with operating a multi mission aircraft versus a multi tasking aircraft is very different They also emphasized how crucial it is to get into the F 35 to move on to understand the transformation of airpower What is your sense of this shift Answer The aircraft is so easy to fly that you spend 99 per cent of your time shaping a strategy as you use your two screens You are focused on your mission instead of flying your jet and trying to achieve your mission We are very happy to be part of the program and to understand from the ground up how significant a shift the F 35 coalition capability is going to be Of course we are also happy to be building our own jets and bringing them to Luke next year The first five Italian built jets will take off from Cameri and fly to Luke next year Question You flew an Australian jet yesterday You do not normally work with Australian pilots but you will get to know them from the ground up as well as you train at Luke and fly each other s jets What is your sense of this dynamic Answer The young guys will grow up in a very advanced warfighting and multi national environment because of this program They will be used to not just working together from time to time in an exercise but will build in common tactics from the ground up and help each other innovate as well Question We went to ACC recently and one of the points made was that there are very few F 22 pilots free to work the culture of air power transformation based on their experience With the F 35 program there is the opportunity to generate many more pilots and for these pilots to trigger ongoing airpower transformation What is your take on this opportunity Answer Usually when we have exercises we have to integrate on your own type of jet Here you are working from the ground up to shape an integrated approach It is hard for non pilots to understand how significant this difference between shaping interoperability via exercises versus integration built in from the ground up Question What does an integrated F 35 fleet bring to coalition combat from your point of view Answer We will write the TTPs together The commonality from the very beginning will be built into any operation which you do with your coalition partners And we are working from the ground up with the USAF which is different as well from before We

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  • A 21st Century Approach to Airpower: The Italian Air Force and the F-35 | SLDInfo
    norm We are not fighting in mass we are applying tools rapidly and directly to discrete problems and challenges He saw the approach at Cameri where it is part of a global production and sustainment system as symmetrical with the new strategic realities as well Australia Japan Italy the UK the U S and others will share their production and sustainment capabilities for the F 35 and learn how to apply lessons learned from the use of a coalition aircraft in dealing with the evolving 21st century problems This is not yesterday s aircraft being applied to the challenges of the next 30 years it is about reshaping concepts of operations for coalitions meeting the evolving new challenges and operational requirements He emphasized that the presence of Australia in Afghanistan demonstrated that a country far from a geographical area moved force into deal with a threat identified by a coalition with which it worked And airpower has been central to Afghan operations We use airpower for virtually everything to support the guys on the ground They rely heavily upon airpower to deliver the ordinance to protect them and to engage the enemy He argued that We will discover the new dimension of airpower using this type of aircraft The coalition quality of the aircraft is built in was a key theme of his discussion Interoperability is built into the aircraft we use the same combat systems we fuse data the same way we have the same symbiology in the cockpit It will be up to the new generation of pilots and squadron leaders to figure how to maximize these inherent advantages He emphasized the importance of cultural change We older pilots adapted to the information revolution The new pilots are native to that revolution They will learn differently and this plane is designed for them We closed by looking at some final issues The first issue is the question of why the Italian Air Force was mixing its fleet between As and Bs We studied the issue carefully and for the kind of missions we face we needed the flexibility which the B can add to the fleet We need to go to the mission not the airfield We will operate in many areas where there are only short runways the B allows us to operate in those conditions We can mix the fleet and operate at sea on land on our own ships or own others It is the kind of flexibility which we see as crucial to a 21st century setting I will give you an example of what we don t want We planned to operate with the USMC in Afghanistan But we were three months later in the deployment than we intended because our Tornados could not operate in the same conditions as the USMC We had to take three months to build out the air base from which we would operate with them Time is crucial to many of the missions in which we will

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  • Plan Jericho: The RAAF Shapes a Transformation Strategy | SLDInfo
    Aussies have a modern air fleet with Super Hornets KC 30A tankers the Wedgetail E 7 battle management system Heron UAVs and C 17s recently in service and are seeing Growlers the Triton UAV the P 8 and the F 35 coming into the fleet shortly But no platform fights alone and the Aussies are looking at how to rework their forces to shape a more interactive and enabled force The F 35 is seen as not a replacement aircraft but one which takes the integrated enablement of the force to the next level but that will not happen without the transformation of the RAAF and with it of the ADF The Williams Foundation of Canberra Australia held a one day seminar workshop on Plan Jericho on 6 August 2015 which featured presentations from the RAAF and industry as well as from the USAF looking at the way ahead Former Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn one of the key stalwarts of the Plan Jericho effort introduced the session Blackburn hammered home really the most significant and challenging point it is about design driven innovation not simply R and D technology or mini experiments driven Rather than piece meal bits and pieces of applications of technologies to platform modernization or patchwork modernization Plan Jericho aimed at a different goal design driven innovation Blackburn contrasted the network centric efforts of the 1990s with what Plan Jericho had in mind In the network centric effort stove pipes were linked it was about filling gaps linking disparate systems and getting as much connectivity as possible with the basic operational mantra of the diverse platform drivers largely unchanged namely to drive ahead with the diverse cultures but better connected In contrast Plan Jericho looked to design innovation and a way ahead where connectivity could be

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