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Land Power Forum is a public blog published by the Australian Army, and is specifically designed to generate informed discussion and new ideas that contribute to Army modernisation and the future of land power beyond 2020. Land Power Forum provides a discussion space for informed analysis, commentary, thoughts, and ideas among military practitioners, interested stakeholders, subject matter experts, and deep thinkers.

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Do we REALLY want our Junior Officers to be Entrepreneurs?

by Major Tim Keeffe

23 May 2016

Innovation is a concept by which we measure our senior officers and warrant officers, but it seems that it is immutably vested in those ranks on promotion. There is no grounding for innovation. Not impetus. And certainly no cultural framework in which it can flourish.


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Gravity-free decision-making: Avoiding Clausewitz's strategic pull

by Ben Zweibelson

19 May 2016

Clausewitz’s concept requires us to approach not just the methodological structures of the concept in doctrinal or theoretical form, but to take deeper philosophical and sociological queries into how we think about our thinking.


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Loose tweets sink fleets: counter intelligence threats in the age of social media

by Travis Hoffmann

16 May 2016

The nature of information flows in which Defence must operate is rapidly changing and it is clear that bad press is not the only threat we face


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Finding a place for machine translation: Speech-to-speech technologies and the implications for the future land force

by Allison Sonneveld

13 May 2016

There is an opportunity for Army to use speech-to-speech machine translation (S2SMT) in future operations. S2SMT could improve Army’s communication, resource use, and mitigate some challenges of employing locally engaged staff. However it is unlikely to offer a complete means of bridging language barriers


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Emerging technology scan: April

by the Army Futures Team

27 April 2016

The Army Futures Team identifies emerging threats and opportunities in technology and considers their potential implications for future land warfare. Whether you’re interested in materials technology, thought-controlled prosthetics, or power and energy systems, this emerging technology scan has something for you.


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Intelligence for sale: Commercial space sensors and their use

by Major David Cave

19 April 2016

The increased availability of information collected by space based sensors is changing our battlespace by creating new threats and opportunities. This post examines some of the recent trends and capabilities of commercial satellite systems and their use to inform future Army thinking.


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IO theory: Creating resonance

by Lieutenant Colonel Nick Bosio

14 April 2016

Our current conflicts require action across all domains: the physical, information and cognitive. However, one must ask if the idea of ‘messaging and narrative’ has been over-emphasised to the detriment of real actions. Is Information Operations (IO) the new ‘black’?


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