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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.

Air movements personnel prepare Australian Aid equipment for palletisation before it is loaded onto a No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster destined for cyclone affected Fiji.

The Commander, the control of logistics, and the false debate on centralisation: Responding to the needs of the modern battlefield

by David Beaumont

24 November 2016

we should avoid asking questions such as ‘how do we sustain a dispersed force?’ The more relevant question is subtly yet profoundly different, ‘how will my logistics capabilities enable me to operate.’


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Australian Mounted Divisional train, using horse and waggon transport on the Jerusalem Road in Palestin

Logistics and the art of prioritisation

by David Beaumont

24 November 2016

The execution and control of effective logistics is predominantly the consequence of the execution of command. And, unfortunately, the issues facing logistic operations in dispersed battlefields are becoming increasingly problematic for commanders


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 image of Large Military Map; Military Training. It was made 1917 or 1918 by Harris & Ewing

Logistics and the dispersed battlefield: Reframing the discussion

by David Beaumont

24 November 2016

The question of how dispersed forces can be sustained effectively has been recently raised in a number of blogs and articles, but the problem is far from being new. Control of logistics places the problem in the context of decision-making, and by extension, command.


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Warrant Officer David Hussey from Bendigo, VIC is a member of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment Task Group and drives a Mack truck providing essential logistics and support to forward operating bases in the Uruzgan province

All-Corps Mounted Combatant Skills: The Search for the Missing Word

by Paul Rogers

14 November 2016

Historical concepts of mounted forces have framed our contemporary understanding of mounted capability in a way that has left a gap in our language and thoughts. The resulting gap has created a situation where our organisation is unable to reach common understandings about mounted capability that don’t neatly fit historical examples


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1000 yards - no problem

The Professional Portfolio: Setting the standard today by investing in tomorrow

by Ben Gallacher

14 November 2016

Acknowledging that Army is no longer a job for life, redefining individual success has become a necessary maxim. More than ever are individuals now the masters of their own destiny. Taking an active and self-starting approach to work and professional development are determinants of personal initiative and this proactive behaviour will determine how an individual deals with their inevitable separation from Army


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A masked member of the newly formed army of Crimea, wearing a ribbon in the colors of the Russian flag, holds his weapon at the gate to a military base in Simferopol, Ukraine, Thursday, March 13, 2014. Crimea plans to hold a referendum on Sunday that will ask residents if they want the territory to become part of Russia. Ukraine's government and Western nations have denounced the vote as illegitimate and warned Russia against trying to annex the strategic peninsula. (Vadim Ghirda)

The Russians Are NOT coming

by Cameron Leckie

7 November 2016

If we wish to avoid conflict between Russia and the West, perhaps its time to stop poking the bear?


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 NEW ANTI-SHIP MISSILE DEVELOPMENT: Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) is an anti-ship missile being designed and developed by MBDA, for the French and UK Navies

Policy, the Australian Maritime Strategy and Future War: Part 2

by Mark Mankowski

7 November 2016

The employment of a cross domain fires unit, in a land environment, requires Army leadership and staffing; however, joint personnel in the operations team would enable the unit to effectively integrate with the RAAF and RAN and fight effectively in the air and maritime domains


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