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Australian Army Journal Volume 18 Number 1

This edition of the Australian Army Journal (AAJ) examines the foundations of professional mastery and doctrine, and reinforces the proposition that how we think inevitably affects how we perform. The journal considers how the ADF can maximise the effectiveness of joint operations, particularly in the context of Australia’s rapidly evolving strategic circumstances, challenges elements of doctrine to improve Army’s approach to operational planning and provides a brief history of armoured vehicle-borne infantry.
The AAJ provides a forum for ideas and debate about land power and welcomes contributions to future editions.

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Urban Warfare: A Practitioner’s Annotated Bibliography

'Urban Warfare – A Practitioners Annotated Bibliography’ provides access to a wealth of resources about urban warfare to military practitioners. In it, the AARC has collated over 500 papers, articles and reports on the topic of urban warfare. Each resource listed in the bibliography is directly or indirectly, accessible online, including many examples that would not otherwise be readily located using online search engines.

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Army Robotics Expo 2023

Army is calling on industry and academia to showcase their innovative robotic and autonomous system technology at the Army Robotic Expo (ARX) 2023.

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This Spotlight Brief examines Russia’s combined-arms approach during its invasion of Ukraine in 2022. To provide context, it discusses the primary Russian tactical unit of action, the Battalion Tactical Group. It subsequently explores a range of observations on the application of combined-arms at the tactical level during the initial phases of the invasion. It concludes by offering a number of deductions pertinent to the Australian Army’s own application of combined-arms.
This Spotlight Brief describes the events of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, part of the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War. This analysis is in three parts: first, it examines the broad composition of the Russian and Ukrainian Armed Forces; second, it discusses the first phase of the invasion from February-April outlining the major operational level actions; and third, it discusses the invasion’s second phase covering the April-June period.
This Spotlight Brief provides an introduction and context to the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War. It discusses Ukraine’s strategic circumstances and provides an overview of the chain of events which led to it. The Brief aims to provide a wide audience with a basis of knowledge to better understand the relationship between Russia and Ukraine and why the conflict occurred.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Dexter Madrigal from Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22 and Australian Army Private. Daniel Rochford from16th Battalion, Royal Western Australian Regiment, pose for a photograph under the stars at RAAF Base Curtin during Exercise Koolendong 2022.
Through the Army Research Scheme (ARS), the Australian Army Research Centre contracts researchers within Defence and from think tanks, academics and independent scholars annually to undertake research on priority topics identified by Army. To that end, researchers are invited to apply for funding to address one of the 2023 ARS questions identified in the Army Futures Research Framework. Research funded under the ARS will be considered for publication in the peer reviewed Australian Army Journal, Army Occasional Papers or Monograph series. For more information about the scheme, prospective applicants should read the Framework and go to our ARS page.
In this Occasional Paper, Dr Albert Palazzo provides an introduction to the concept of land warfare, including its nature, character and how it adapts to the evolving strategic environment. Intended as a primer, this work aims to provide a start-point for a career-long journey of study and reflection on the topic.
The use of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in recent conflicts has entrenched the perception of these elements as a direct-action tool capable of providing decisive effects. Concomitantly, there has been an increasing reliance on technological solutions to generate asymmetry against existing threats. This article suggests that as the war-peace paradigm is replaced by a more fluid competition-conflict spectrum, SOF must adjust to a campaign approach that seeks to leverage the poles of low and high technology while maintaining their mid-tech capabilities. This would allow SOF to generate cost-efficient and enduring options that establish asymmetry against the increasing technological capability of competitors.
  • An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank fires its main armament during Exercise Gauntlet Strike at Puckapunyal Military Training Area in Victoria.

    Land Power Forum

    The Land Power Forum blog is published by the Australian Army Research Centre in order to generate discussion and debate about the future of Army.

    It is a forum for informed analysis, commentary, thoughts and ideas. Contributions are welcomed from stakeholders, subject matter experts and those interested in future land warfare.