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 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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LTCOL Watson - OP ASLAN

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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Members of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) Quick Response Force (QRF) conduct a Population Protection and Control (PPC) exercise and assessment, testing their skills in controlling a rowdy mob, in Dili, East Timor.

#War: Is the enemy more agile, adaptable & situationally aware than us?

by Andrew Kirby

14 June 2016

The continued success of the Australian Army Blog is good news – especially since our adversaries have been blogging for years. And while we in the West are guilty of dismissing enriched media as the domain of cyber geeks and Twilight fans, our opponents have quite literally been developing ‘killerapps’.


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Book Circle

'Swarming' Our Potential: Professional Mastery, Land Power and the New Theory of ‘Connectivism’

by Major Tom McDermott

10 June 2016

A quiet revolution is ongoing within military force generation. The Western ‘technological edge’ is rapidly declining in the face of proliferation and disruptive technologies like ‘additive manufacturing’. A fresh solution is needed and (as is often the case) the best option is an old one; the Soldier.


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A controlled detonation of an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Combat Service Support on Exercise: The case for making them vulnerable again

by Captain Daniel Chen

8 June 2016

A classic dilemma for the commander is allocating correct combat weight to protect CSS assets whilst still achieving mission aims. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a long history of ignoring this dilemma on major exercises by protecting our CSS assets through ‘white boxing’ – or removing them from being targetable within the exercise


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