Land Power Forum

Strategy

  1. Logistics and the art of prioritisation 24 December 2016 Previously I argued that the battlefield has always been dispersing, and tactics have adjusted accordingly, posing challenges for logistics planners and commanders alike. Whether it be to avoid obliteration, or in response to the requirement move and sustain forces across greater distances or diffic...
  2. Logistics and the dispersed battlefield: Reframing the discussion 24 November 2016 ‘It is no great matter to change tactical plans in a hurry and to send troops off in new directions. But adjusting supply plans to the altered tactical scheme is far more difficult’ – General Walter Bedell Smith (Chief of Staff to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditiona...
  3. The Russians Are NOT coming 7 November 2016 How long will it be until Russia invades the Baltic States? Or Poland? Or indeed even attempts to capture all of Western Europe? Regular reports in western corporate media and comments by a sizable number of politicians, senior military officers and influential commentators would suggest that the Ru...
  4. Non-religious radicalisation: The ‘selfie’ generation of terrorists 1 November 2016 Throughout the past two decades the words religious extremism and terrorism have become synonymous with each other as many Islamic nations resist the global pull of western secular society. Recently, however, the attacks in Europe show a different side of terrorism and radicalisation that has little...
  5. The uncertain road to becoming 'expeditionary': Reasserting Army’s expeditionary credentials 8 September 2016 As described in my earlier blog article, force design is a difficult process despite its fundamental importance to future performance in war. It briefly examined the US Army’s recent desires for change cognisant of recent French expeditionary operations in Mali on Operation Serval; an operation that...
  6. The uncertain road to becoming 'expeditionary': Conceiving the deployable Army of the future 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. Their observations of recent military campaigns, supported by analysts, historians and other social scientists, all offer enticing reasons f...
  7. 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 18 August 2016 This post is the sequel to The Australian way of war: What is our military culture?  It is intended as an expansion and rebuttal to Brigadier Michael Ryan’s post, The Lessons of Ukraine for the Australian Army.
  8. Policy, the Australian Maritime Strategy and Future War 1 August 2016 Major Leon Young’s recent article galvanised me to consider his question 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?
  9. The U.S. 3rd Offset Strategy: An Opportunity for the ADF 28 July 2016 On 3 September 2014, then U.S. Secretary for Defence Chuck Hagel delivered a keynote speech on innovation to the South-Eastern New England Defence Industry Alliance in Newport, Rhode Island.
  10. Army soldiers on a strategic mission
    Strategic Planner 4 June 2016 The recently released Defence White Paper (DWP) captured a marked shift in the Australian Defence Force’s attitude toward International Engagement.