Call for Contributions – High-Intensity Warfare in the 21st Century

The editorial staff at OTH would like to encourage our readers to participate in The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones’ call for contributions. Their look at the challenge of high-intensity conflict and 5th generation forces is in line with OTH’s vision, and we hope that our readers can contribute to these great venues to continue the conversation about future conflict.

Since the end of the Cold War, the West’s militaries have been engaged in a series of protracted and persistent low-intensity counterinsurgency campaigns. For air forces, this has broadly meant involvement in campaigns where there have been few serious challenges to control of the air and air dominance was assumed. However, as we move further into the twenty-first century, that scenario is likely to change with the likelihood of peer-on-peer high-intensity conflict increasing. In such conflicts, air dominance will have to be fought for, and maintained, to utilise the full spectrum of capabilities afforded by the exploitation of the air domain.

The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones seeks to commission a series of articles that examine critical themes related to the challenge of preparing modern air forces for the possibility of high-intensity conflict as they transform into 5th generation forces. Articles can range from historical discussions of the above themes through to contemporary perspectives. Perspectives can also come from related disciplines including history, strategic studies, international relations, law, and ethics. As well as informing broader discussions on the future of conflict, these articles will provide the intellectual underpinnings for a Williams Foundation seminar on the subject of the requirement of high-intensity conflict to be held in Canberra, Australia in March 2018.

To find out how to contribute please following the following link:-

About Us
From Balloons to Drones is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense including space and cyber power.

The Central Blue is a forum designed to promote informed discussion and debate about air power issues affecting Australia. Our scope is broad, covering topics from tactical integration to strategic theory; and from historical lessons to future capabilities.

Contact Information
For more information, please contact Wing Commander Travis Hallen (Co-editor, The Central Blue – or Dr Ross Mahoney (Editor, From Balloons to

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