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Australian Army Brigadier Kahlil Fegan, DSC, (centre left) at the Army Robotics Expo and Quantum Technology Challenge at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

QTC 2022 Thank you

A big thank you to all the teams and exhibitors involved in the successful conduct of Army’s Quantum Technology Challenge 2022 held in Adelaide earlier this month.

Stand by for an in-depth announcement and review of the challenge on the Army Land Power forum soon.

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Spotlight Brief 2/22

This Spotlight Brief is the second in a series of focus pieces on the Russo-Ukrainian War. It 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.

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(front row l-r) General Manager Public Sector for Microsoft Australia Mark Leigh, Head Land Capability Major General Simon Stuart, AO, DSC, Microsoft Strategic Account Executive Maree Roughton with the Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office during a demonstration on Artificial Intelligence hosted by Future Land Warfare Branch with Microsoft at the Land Network Integration Centre in Canberra

Australian Army and Microsoft collaborate on AI-infused platform to transcribe combat net radio

The Australian Army and Microsoft are proud to announce they are collaborating on a program that explores how modern digital technologies could transform command and control in the future. The initial focus is on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transcribe and analyse voice communications over combat net radio.

Read about this RICO initiative here

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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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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.
Cover of AAJ Volume XVIII Number 1 2022
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. Opening with articles by Mark Gilchrist, Mark Mankowski and Nick Bosio, the journal considers how the ADF can maximise the effectiveness of joint operations, particularly in the context of Australia’s rapidly evolving strategic circumstances. Nicholas Mahr, Mark Sargent and James Casey challenge elements of doctrine and offer well evidenced recommendations to improve Army’s approach to operational planning. In his timely paper, Leo Purdy provides a brief history of armoured vehicle-borne infantry. Book reviews by Peter Dean, Sonya Russell and Atonio Nagauna reflect on the experience of World War Two from the perspective of the people of Borneo and Fiji. Meanwhile, Albert Palazzo’s book review considers how enduring human values will underpin future warfare scenarios. The AAJ provides a forum for ideas and debate about land power and welcomes contributions to future editions.
In Occasional Paper 12, Jason Logue addresses the imperative for evolution in the ADF's approach to operations in the information environment. In a well considered and timely analysis, he identifies the key challenges and opportunities for change, recommending a way forward based on his years of practical experience.
In April 2022, the AARC's Land Power Forum invited authors to contribute 600-1000 word submissions directly related to the theme of 'Transforming Land Power'. This publication is a compilation of the 'Short Thoughts' entries that were assessed by the Future Land Warfare Branch as the most meritorious.
  • 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.