Issue 35

The 24/7 nature of modern operations puts unprecedented demand on the vigilance and alertness of service. We find out how cognitive science is being used to fight fatigue during sustained round-the-clock missions. We also explore the challenges military medical personnel is faced with in responding to a humanitarian emergency.

Moreover, we take a look at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ designs for the SR-72 hypersonic spy plane, profile the ten most advanced fighter jets currently in development and operation around the world, talk to QinetiQ about submarine design and its work for Australia’s Future Submarine project, and take a look at BMT’s study into extending the lifespan of Australia’s entire surface fleet.

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Special Report
Critical Care

Medical care in a humanitarian emergency falls far below the standard when compared to care for armed services. Berenice Baker learns why these differences exist and how change can occur.
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Fighting Fatigue

Dr Gareth Evans discusses the pressures service personnel face in remaining vigilant and alert, as well as the damage that fatigue can do to morale, performance and even survival.
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Top 5 Biggest Military Bases
All five of the world’s biggest military bases belong to the US, with Fort Bragg housing a staggering 52,280 active duty soldiers. Here are the world’s top five, ranked by population.
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Air Force
I Spy…The SR-72

Almost 50 years since the SR-71 spy plane’s first flight, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has revealed plans for what could be its successor. Grant Turnbull reports.
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Top 10 Advanced Fighter Aircraft
Fighter aircraft are a vital component of any air force. We analyse the top ten fighter aircraft in the world, based on aircraft specifications, technology, armament fit and performance.
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Decisions Down Under

The Royal Australian Navy is considering options for a new generation of conventional submarines to replace its collins-class fleet by 2020. Berenice Baker investigates the defence acquisition with a predicted outlay of $36bn.
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Australia in the Asian Century
As Australian troops withdraw from Afghanistan and strategic focus shifts towards Asia, the role of the Royal Australian Navy looks set to expand. Grant Turnbull looks into potential billion-dollar investments.
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Next Issue

Militaries worldwide have set ambitious environmental targets, most noticeably based around reductions in energy consumption and their reliance on fossil fuels. We take a look at international efforts to boost the green credentials of defence solutions.

We also explore how close the industry has come to deploying wearable solar power technology for soldiers, take a look at the importance of external load missions in helicopter operations, and investigate whether existing military data infrastructure is struggling to process the load of data supplied by unmanned aerial vehicles. Moreover, we review the US military’s new Arctic strategy and take a look at the construction of the US Navy’s new supercarrier USS Gerald R Ford.

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