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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.

Exercise Diamond Strike 2015 is a combined arms training activity that ensures Australian soldiers put their skills into practice.

The Junior Officer All Corps Training Continuum: A Requirement for Change

by Nicholas Waugh

20 October 2016

The current manner in which the Australian Army formally develops its junior officers is heavily focused on generalised outcomes and rarely fosters an environment where subalterns are compelled to use their cognitive and analytical skills

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Australian soldiers from 1st Mentoring and Reconstruction Force on patrol in Uruzgan province

The canon and four generations of warfare

by Chris Field

20 October 2016

Contextualising the generational challenge faced by the ADF, this review examines the first two books of the canon. The first book examines the Prussian Army’s transition as a first generation Army. The second book examines the French Army’s transition as a second generation Army.

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Troops and vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and 1st Platoon, His Majesty’s Armed Forces (Tonga) disembark one of HMAS Canberra’s four landing craft during an amphibious landing at Bellows Beach, Oahu during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016

The uncertain road to becoming 'expeditionary': Reasserting Army’s expeditionary credentials

by Lieutenant Colonel David J. Beaumont

8 September 2016

Army’s future preparedness will suffer if it approaches expeditionary warfare with experience, habit and myopic biases as a substitute for further intellectual investment into force design.

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The ASLAV will be replaced under Land 400

The uncertain road to becoming 'expeditionary': Conceiving the deployable Army of the future

by Lieutenant Colonel David J. Beaumont

5 September 2016

When armies recognise that they face an uncertain, unknowable, future, more often than not their response is to undertake organisational and structural change.

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Centenary of Anzac AFL Match

It is time to expunge the word synchronise from our military vocabulary

by Colonel Chris Smith

29 August 2016

It is time for general-purpose ground forces to abandon the failed pursuit of effects synchronisation and replace it with the idea of Australian rules-like cooperation

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Australian Army soldier during Exercise Kowari 2014.

Teaching junior leaders to think

by Flight Lieutenant Naomi O'Neill

22 August 2016

Critical thinking is a key skillset for the future. The increasing complexity of regional threats across multiple spectrums, space and cyber, necessitates improved critical thinking skills in our soldiers.

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Australian soldiers cover up to protect against dust and endure very hot conditions during a Danish and British off road armoured convoy from Forward Operating Base (FOB) Price to FOB Armadillo.

Challenging our approach to conventional war: Another view on Ukraine

by Major James Ellis-Smith

18 August 2016

Barring a significant and sustained increase in size and capacity, the Army must question the assumptions of our approach to conventional land combat

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