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2015 Chief of Army Conference

The 2015 Chief of Army History Conference, on the theme Geo-Strategy and War: enduring lessons for the Australian Army, will be held on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 1 October 2015 at the Ballroom, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. 

Have the relationships between war-fighting and considerations of ‘time and space’ changed? How does the interpretation of terrain and intelligence interpretation affect campaign planning? What lessons do fighting in urban areas and recent campaigns hold? Do military planners now have to consider climate change and ecology? Can a good appreciation of the network between local environments, culture and human geography be used as a force multiplier? Can an understanding of these issues from an historical context assist the emerging modern soldier? 

To explore some answers to these important questions, you should attend the 2015 Chief of Army History Conference. The conference brings together distinguished soldiers and scholars from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Professor Richard Tucker (School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan) will deliver the opening address on ‘The Environmental Legacies of Warfare’, while Professor Patrick Porter (Academic Director of the Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter) will close the conference with an address on ‘War and Distance in the Twenty-First Century’. 

Our 20th conference will examine strategies required in dealing with geopolitical problems: engaging conceptual and logistical challenges around ‘distance’ and military ‘reach’; considerations of geographical ‘space’; climate change and altering landscapes; challenges of urban and amphibious environments; the nuanced distinction between terrain and geography; appreciating the role of culture and human geography; and the exploitation of local resources to bring to bear military power. 

Please read our conference proceedings for further information. 

Last updated
4 October 2016
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