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Preparing the Australian Army for a Fourth Industrial Revolution - Lieutenant Colonel Scott Holmes

Event Date: 
Thursday, 16 May, 2019 - 12:30
Event Location: 

R1 Theaterette Russell Offices, Canberra


The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a period of transformational change. Army’s organisational design and combat forces are dominated by technologies and structures created by the last military transformation. To be ‘ready now and future ready’, the Australian Army must understand the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and develop mechanisms to change by design. This presentation will describe the Fourth Industrial Revolution through its drivers, exploring patterns of technological change in society. Currently, the digital and physical worlds are merging, changing the way we manufacture, communicate and work in a globalised society. In time, advances in nanotechnologies and biotechnologies will lead to a digital-physical and biological fusion, blurring boundaries that define present societal norms.

About the speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Scott Holmes enlisted into the Army in 2003 and has served in diverse regimental, staff and training positions including appointments at the  1RAR and 2RAR. Lieutenant Colonel Holmes has served on several operational deployments to Afghanistan and East Timor. He is currently a Staff Officer Grade 1 in the Soldier Combat System Program at Army Headquarters. Lieutenant Colonel Holmes has completed a Bachelor of Professional Studies, a Masters of Emergency Management, attended the Australian Command and Staff College in 2016 where he was awarded a Masters of Military and Defence Studies. In 2018 he was awarded a Chief of Army’s Scholarship and is currently undertaking a Doctorate at the University of New South Wales focused on the implications of a Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Australian Army.

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