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The format of the Chief of Army's Exercise is designed by the Strategic Plans Branch of Army Headquarters to maximise discussion, collaboration and interaction; to capitalise on the collective knowledge and experience of attendees.

To support the examination of the theme of ‘Redefining boundaries for the 21st century land forces’, several Australian and international guests have been invited to convey a range of perspectives throughout the four plenary sessions and one key note speaker address.

Plenary Session 1: Redefining boundaries of the 21st century land force.  

Guest speakers include;

  • Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, AM, RAN, the Deputy Chief of the Australian Navy,
  • Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC, the Deputy Chief of the Australian Air Force, and
  • Dr David E Johnson, RAND Corporation. 

A keynote address from Dr Peter Jennings, PSM, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, will follow later in the day.

Plenary Session 2: The Indo-Pacific region in a global context

The Indo-Pacific region is a complex environment for land forces now and into the future.  Land forces need to be able to operate within the littoral mega city, respond to the threat presented by extremism and insurgents (national and transnational) and adapt to the short and long-term challenges presented by climate change (increasingly intense weather events through to population movement caused by rising sea levels).

Guest speakers include;

  • Dr Peter Dean, Senior Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Australian Command and Staff College,
  • Lieutenant General M Erwin Syafitra, Deputy Chief of Indonesian Army Staff, and
  • Colonel Sapenafa Motufaga, Commander Land Force, Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

Plenary Session 3: Preparing land forces for hybrid threats.

“While not a new problem, the interconnectedness of the globalised environment now makes hybrid threats a far more significant challenge, whether encountered within national territory, in operational theatres or across non-physical domains” (NATO Capstone Concept).

Presenters are invited to articulate their views on how the threats, capabilities and operating methods we are seeing globally, may be adapted for our region. 

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr Russell Glenn, United States Army Training Doctrine Command, and
  • General Robert B Brown, Commanding General United States Army - Pacific

Plenary Session 4: Leading the joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational (JIIM) force.

This session provides an opportunity to understand lessons learned by regional land forces leading all types of JIIM operations (Joint Land Combat, Security and Stabilisation Operations), peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the near region, and how to prepare land forces to operate as a part of the JIIM force.

Guest speakers include;

  • Vice Admiral David Johnston, AM, RAN, Chief of Joint Operations (Australia), and  
  • Major General Peter Kelly, MNZM, Chief of the New Zealand Army.
Last updated
17 January 2017
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