About Land Power Forum

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.

While our perspective is Australian, we seek a global audience, and encourage informed and well researched contributions from military practitioners and subject matter experts within the academic, scientific, international security and defence communities. In particular, we welcome contributions from serving military professionals. Our ultimate objective is to advance our collective knowledge of future issues, capabilities, and contingencies relevant to Australia’s land forces. To that end, we are committed to analytic and professional integrity, and to continually investing in the intellectual capacity of Army’s people.

Land Power Forum is not designed to debate government policy or to air grievances about ADF/Army policy issues. Other forums are available and more appropriate for this type of discussion.

Land Power Forum is not designed to re-litigate issues that have already been discussed and decided upon. In order to contribute in an informed way to Army’s future, contributors are encouraged to read Army’s Key Publications and learn from Australian Army History and other wider history.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of the Australian Army or the Department of Defence.

For frequent updates, you can follow @flwaustralia on Twitter. We encourage you to engage with us and others in the community. The Land Power Forum Weekly Scan aggregates some of our popular tweets and posts each week and is available on our blog and via email.

We thank our contributors for sharing their knowledge and experience, and hope you will continue to join us in building a valuable resource for the national security and defence community.

Submission Guidelines

Land Power Forum welcomes submissions of around 300-800 words of considered analysis or commentary on issues related to future conflicts and security challenges, the future of land forces, and the utility of land power beyond 2020. We also accept well constructed shorter pieces presented as ideas or thoughts, which may serve as a starting point for discussion. We may accept longer pieces, but reserve the right to publish them serially, in consultation with the author. Please also bear in mind that Army has other means for publishing longer or more complex pieces, which you can read about in the publications section.

The aim of your submission should be to make an insightful and original contribution in the form of observation, experience, fact, or opinion, with enough context to make it relevant and thought-provoking for our audience. Your submission should conform to our style guidelines, which you can read about here.

Please consider the following conditions BEFORE making your submission to us:

  • Your submission must be original and not previously published elsewhere. By submitting your work, you agree to give us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free and worldwide license to use it for the purposes of Land Power Forumor related publications.
  • We reserve the right to make minor editorial corrections during the formatting process for publication, however, we do not have the capacity provide professional proofreading services. For this reason, we may not accept submissions which, in our view, require extensive editing or further development.
  • If you use acronyms, please ensure that you have spelt out the acronym in full on first usage.
  • We do not accept or publish anonymous submissions. We will always identify you as the author of the work.
  • We do not pay authors for their contributions, nor do we collect license fees or royalties for reuse of published works.
  • Any commercial relationships, affiliations or conflicts of interest must be disclosed.
  • Submitting your piece to us is not a guarantee of publication. The editorial team reserves the right to publish or not publish as they see fit. If requested and where appropriate, we may provide feedback on rejected submissions.
  • In some instances, we may publish your submission elsewhere, but will do so with full attribution to you and noting our blog as the original source.

By making your submission for our consideration, you agree to the conditions above. Please also keep in mind the following:

  • Your submission must be in a format we can format (i.e Microsoft Word or Rich Text). We cannot accept your work if it is a PDF as it is not possible for us to make any formatting changes.
  • A bio of a few short sentences if you wish.
  • If you have pictures, graphs, etc, we prefer that you embed them the way you would like them to appear. You can also send us the originals as separate files.
  • Any additional contact information besides your current email which you may wish to disclose (for internal use only, not for public publication). If you have a Twitter account or a Facebook page, please include that information if you wish to be ‘tagged’ when we announce the submission via Twitter or Facebook.
  • Please use embedded hyperlinks to the maximum extent possible to verify your claims or reference relevant documents available online.

Comments Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged. Comments should be relevant to the post they are responding to, and should seek to further thinking and discussion of the topic at hand.

All comments are moderated by our editorial team. This means the editorial staff reads them before they go live, and they may be edited or deleted in accordance with the Defence social media policy without any notice. Generally, comments will be rejected and deleted if:

  • they contain content that is in violation of any Australian or international law;
  • they can be considered defamatory, libellous, or infringe on the legal rights of others;
  • they contain offensive or hate-oriented material, including but not limited to racial intolerance, discrimination against any individual or group, or abusive and/or threatening language;
  • they contain insulting, obscene, profane, or degrading language;
  • they promote unlawful violence, substance abuse, or other socially unacceptable behaviour;
  • they are spam or commercial advertisements;
  • they are deemed inappropriate by our editorial staff for any other reason not listed here.

Any commercial relationships, affiliations or conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

If you see a comment on the blog that contravenes these guidelines, or if you have any complaints or concerns about our moderation of comments, please contact us at future.landwarfare@defence.gov.au.

The editorial team reserves the right to amend the comments policy at any time by publishing the updated policy on this website.

Content Disclaimer

This blog is designed to facilitate vigorous debate and exchange of ideas about future conflicts and security challenges, capability development, the future of land forces, and the utility of land power beyond 2020. You are authorised to download and view content for your own personal, non-commercial use but you must not, without the prior written permission of the publisher, exploit any of our site materials for commercial purposes.

However, we make no representation as to the suitability of the information contained on the blog, for any purpose. It is provided ‘as is’ without express or implied warranty. The content of the blog is provided for information purposes only and is provided on the understanding that the authors and publishers are not engaged to render professional advice or services. The information provided on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment of the content presented.

The content on this blog is provided on the basis that all persons accessing it undertake the responsibility for assessing the accuracy of its content and that they rely on it entirely as their own risk. In no event shall the Department of Defence be liable (including liability for negligence) for any damages whatsoever arising out of a person’s use of and access to the blog.

Warranty and Indemnity

Authors warrant that any and all submissions have been prepared with due care and diligence, and that all necessary approvals and permissions have been obtained in relation to any third party intellectual property contained in the submission.

Authors agree to indemnity and hold the Commonwealth (as represented by the Department of Defence) harmless against any and all liability, loss claim, judgment or damage arising from any infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights. This indemnity includes, but is not limited to an indemnity against all actions, claims and demands (including the cost of defending or settling any actions, claim or demand) which may be instituted against us, as well as all expenses, penalties or fines (including those imposed by any regulatory body or under statute).