Land Power Forum

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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.

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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Off the port bow

Navigators as warfighters

by Lieutenant Miquela Riley, RAN

15 August 2016

The complexities of personnel fatigue resulting from sea service, management of individual work-life balances and ship manning requirements raise more questions than are answered – particularly regarding the benefit of Navigators specialising as warfare officers


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Australian Army soldiers, predominantly from Brisbane's 7th Brigade, are participating in Exercise Haringaroo near Kota Bharu, Malaysia, from 23-27 May 2016.

What defines the Profession of Arms?

by Major Mark Gilchrist

8 August 2016

Australia is missing a coherent, unified view of what the profession of arms actually is. This lack of clear definition must be addressed as part of Army’s ongoing review into the intellectual component of fighting power.


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2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, conduct a beach landing during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.

Policy, the Australian Maritime Strategy and Future War

by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Mankowski

1 August 2016

Australian Strategy and developing new capability. If we wished to avoid the dystopian future for the preferred utopia, how should we design the force to operate in crowded, connected, lethal, collective and constrained environments?


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Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide - DARPA

The U.S. 3rd Offset Strategy: An Opportunity for the ADF

by Wing Commander Phil Arms

28 July 2016

Deputy Secretary for Defense, Bob Work, a former Marine, developed a ‘new game-changing offset strategy.’ It was the birth of the 3rd Offset Strategy. So what is an offset strategy and how can we take advantage of it?


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The AFP's International Deployment Group trained alongside ADF and US troops on Talisman Saber 2009.

An Australian Gendarmerie Force

by Stephen Hindes

21 July 2016

It is worth revisiting the notion of a gendarmerie force, especially given that police are increasingly being called upon to provide solutions in a global security landscape where the barriers separating war and law and order are breaking down


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