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Release of Australian Army Journal Vol XIX No 1 2023

Australian Army soldiers from the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, demonstrate trench warfare tactics to Ukrainian trainees during the first rotation of Operation Kudu in the United Kingdom.

The Chief of Army opens this edition of the Australian Army Journal recognising Army's intellectual capital as a driver for innovation and change. This Journal covers diverse topics - from the relevance of the Basic Fitness Assessment in preparing soldiers for operations, analysis of the Australian Defence Force Gap year Program, to a history of staff development in the Australian Army.


We stand at another inflection point in our Army’s history. In April this year, our government delivered clear direction for our Army in response to the Defence Strategic Review.

The review recognised a pressing need for our ADF to adapt more quickly to the changing character of war to ensure we are best positioned to fulfil our purpose of deterring conflict and protecting Australia’s national interests.

While we must adapt to war’s changing character, we know that war remains an enduringly human endeavour; a contest of wills between people and nations.

Our Army must continually evolve if we are to be truly Future Ready. The challenge for us is to ensure we adapt fast enough to be equal to the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.

We are now focused on implementing Army’s contribution to the directed outcomes of the Defence Strategic Review. There will be changes to the scale and scope of our capabilities, the sequence and pace of delivery, how we are organised, the way we train, and the resources available to us.

Now is the time to embrace the vast intellectual capital in our Army and leverage your capacity for innovation. The Australian Army Journal is a vehicle through which you can engage in a contest of ideas and professional discourse on the future of our institution, our profession and our fighting force. I encourage you all to contribute your insights and ideas to upcoming editions on the evolution and utility of land power.

We would do well to heed the advice of the author Peter Drucker, who said that the best way to predict the future is to create it ourselves.

LTGEN Simon Stuart, AO DSC


The views expressed in this article and subsequent comments are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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