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.

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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The New Reality: How augmented, virtual and mixed reality will enhance the future soldier

by Captain Rob Morris

18 July 2016

What are virtual reality, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)? How will they change the way we experience the world, and how will they shape future land warfare?

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Lance Corporal Reynaldo Croon (front) and soldiers from Battle Group Samichon (Second Battalion Royal Australian Regiment) after the final live-fire assault during Exercise Hamel at the Townsville Field Training Area.

Enabling Army Innovation

by Brigadier Chris Field

14 July 2016

The Defence White Paper 2016 challenges us all, specifically the Australian Army, to innovate and to integrate reform into our core business processes in the face of a more complex future strategic environment. Here we respond to the White Paper’s challenge and show how the Army can fulfill the exacting innovation requirements articulated in its pages

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Australian Army soldiers from the 1st Military Police Battalion during a battalion attack on the urban operations training facility at the Townsville Field Training Area on the Combined Arms Training Activity on 11 June 2014.

The New Era of Human Performance: Bulletproofing; Brains and Bravery

by Major Elizabeth Boulton

11 July 2016

Australian Army soldier Private Mohamad Saleh observes an Iraqi Army soldier conduct a building clearance during urban training as part of the Iraqi Army's Junior Leader's Course at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Australian and New Zealand forces are assisting the Iraqi Army to enhance the ability of its soldiers to combat Daesh.

Strategic Planner

by Major Andrew Maher

4 July 2016

The recently released Defence White Paper (DWP) captured a marked shift in the Australian Defence Force’s attitude toward International Engagement. This shift called for an increase in the number of Defence members with language qualifications, an increased tempo of engagement, and a re-alignment of those with whom Defence should engage.

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Africa: an overlooked opportunity?

by Major David Cave

27 June 2016

The latest Defence White Paper states that ’Defence activities in Africa will continue to be proportionate to our interests in the continent’. Our national interests are increasing, and our Army’s interest should do likewise.

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Wild Waves

Islands of Privilege in a Sea of Chaos - Dystopian Future

by Leon Young

20 June 2016

I can’t help but question the underlying Western cultural bias towards the utopian future. In my view the probability of a disruptive future is actually quite high. In fact I contend that most developed nations are likely to find themselves as small islands of privilege surrounded by a sea of chaos.

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