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‘Transforming Land Power’ Series Competition

2022 AARC Short Thoughts Competition

A panel of Australian Army Warrant Officers take questions from the audience at the 2021 Senior Enlisted Conference in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Australia’s strategic environment is complex, increasingly contested, and rapidly evolving. Major power competition, militarisation, disruptive technological change and new threats pose challenges to Australia’s national security. These developments test Army’s capacity to generate highly trained, disciplined and fit tactical units; preserve its capacity to operate within the joint force; while simultaneously delivering Army forces in support of the national interest when and where they are needed.

The AARC fosters thought leadership to enhance Australian land power to help meet these challenges. We work to raise the level of professional debate on war, military force, future land capability development, and its challenges within Army, the nation, and internationally. The AARC is the Chief of Army’s lead agency for land power research.

In the lead-up to the Chief of Army Symposium 22, the AARC’s 2022 Short Thoughts Competition invited submissions of 1000-1500 word articles with the theme ‘Transforming Land Power’. This was an opportunity to communicate ideas about land power to Army’s senior leadership and a wide range of readers, and in the process help to inform and shape Army’s future.

Articles submitted are published on the AARC’s Land Power Forum, as part of the ‘Transforming Land Power’ series. A compilation of meritorious entries will also be available to Symposium attendees.

The winning and commended entries of the competition were announced on 8th July 2022.

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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