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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.

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Book review - Wellington and the Lines of Torres Vedras
26 April 2022 Book reviewLandpower lessonsMilitary history

For anyone wishing to know about the engineering feat that defeated the third French invasion of Portugal in 1810-11, BRIG Chris Roberts (Retd.) commends Mark Thompson's recent book, 'Wellington and the Lines of Torres Vedras'.

Logistics Specialist Seaman Courtney Lucarelli, from Youngstown, Ohio, directs landing craft air cushion (LCAC) 21, assigned to Naval Beach Unit 7, to depart a beach as a part of a large-scale amphibious assault training exercise during Talisman Saber 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers/Released)
Littoral Warfare in the Indo-Pacific
21 April 2022 Amphibious/joint/interagencyEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesOur Region

With the USMC undergoing major reforms in both warfighting doctrine and operational structure, Peter Dean outlines the importance of continued US support to key allies such as Australia.

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.
‘Transforming Land Power’ Series Competition
12 April 2022 Landpower lessons

The Australian Army Research Centre (AARC) invites you to contribute to the 2022 AARC Short Thoughts Competition, ‘Transforming Land Power’. This is your opportunity to help further Australian land power debate and for ADF and APS members to win a trip to the Chief of Army Symposium 2022 (CAS 22), Adelaide Convention Centre, 10-11 August 2022.

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Book Review - Friends are Good on the Day of Battle
7 April 2022 Book reviewLandpower lessonsMilitary history

The 51st (Highland) Division earned a high and fearsome reputation during the Great War. In his book, 'Friends are Good on the Day of Battle,' author Craig French provides a pragmatic assessment and deeper insights into the training, composition, and character of the 51st (Highland) Division than other histories have done, and along the way he challenges some long held views.

LT Misty Evans (31/42 RQR) briefs QPS and QFES personnel on ADF search activity.
Integrated Campaigning - Part 2
5 April 2022 LeadershipJoint warfarePeople, Culture and Ethics

Developing on his analysis in Part 1, Nick Bosio offers five characteristics that the ADF must nurture and build if it is to achieve the tenets of Integrated Campaigning.

A small housing structure in Mozambique Africa with a young child in the foreground; cover of Irregular Warfare Essay collection at bottom right
“You can’t start a fire without a spark”
31 March 2022 Irregular WarfareHuman SecurityPeople, Culture and Ethics

Brooke Barling reviews the events of the Mozambique Civil War and Rhodesian Insurgency through a theoretical lens known as the 'Triangle of Rebellion'. In doing so, she considers the conditions that exist in the region that could fuel future conflict and offers some lessons for Australian policy makers.

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Book Review - 2034: A Novel of the Next World War
29 March 2022 Book reviewEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesMajor power competition

Dr Al Palazzo recommends this fictional work, '2034: A Novel of the Next War', for inclusion on military reading lists. A timely reminder that nuclear weapons cannot be used without risking the end of human civilisation, the book draws attention to the timeless human values that lie at the heart of all conflict and that remain critical to the understanding and waging of war.

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Book Review - A Military Transformed?
24 March 2022 Book reviewLandpower lessonsMilitary history

'A Military Transformed?' by Lociceerio et.al. provides valuable insights into the factors that enable or impede adaptation, innovation and reform in military organisations. In the opinion of the book's reviewer, BRIG Chris Roberts (Retd.), these insights are as relevant today as they were in the periods covered by the book's 14 historical studies.

A Royal Australian Air Force airman talks to the C-27J Spartan aircraft crew as they prepare to depart High Range training area near Townsville, Queensland, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.
Integrated Campaigning - Part 1
22 March 2022 LeadershipJoint warfarePeople, Culture and Ethics

Nick Bosio examines how Integrated Campaigning works at the tactical, operational, and strategic level. He argues that the concept of Integrated Campaigning offers an underlying logic thread that should guide Australian military professionals to think and solve problems.

Argentinian Station Antarctica South Pole
Australia’s Antarctic Frontier: Our Unchecked Indo-Pacific Strategic Faultline – Part 2
10 March 2022 StrategyEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesMajor power competition

Building on his earlier post, Kurt Brown makes a case of elevating Antarctica in Australia's strategic discussions and investment decisions, and for reinforcing the Antarctic Treaty System.

Members of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, patrol through a village during Exercise Chapel Gold 2018 in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand; cover of Irregular Warfare Essay Collection in bottom left corner.
Irregular Warfare Observations from Southern Thailand
3 March 2022 Irregular WarfareHybrid WarfareLandpower lessons

Using the Southern Thailand insurgency as a case study, Christopher Webb reviews the historical, social and economic conditions affecting the Southern Thai provinces and explores the military and political responses to the violence.

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Book Review - Landrecies to Cambrai
3 March 2022 Book reviewLandpower lessonsMilitary history

This book presents a series of battle narratives written by a British military officer who served during both World Wars. Primarily focusing on selected WWI German offensive and defensive actions, the book also outlines British activities at the time. BRIG Chris Roberts (Retd.) assesses the merits of the book and its continued relevance to contemporary military practitioners.

Children from Sudan in an arid environment with the cover of the Irregular Warfare Essay Collection at bottom right
Why Women Conform
1 March 2022 Human SecurityIrregular WarfarePeople, Culture and Ethics

Using the South Sudanese civil war as a case study, Steph Costa reviews literature within two fields of of study - gender and security, and predictors of rebellion - and finds that the crucial role of women in state security is consistently overlooked.

Map of Antarctica Edward VII Land and surrounds
Australia’s Antarctic Frontier – Part 1
22 February 2022 StrategyEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesMajor power competition

Demanding greater strategic attention from Canberra is the future of Antarctica where Indo-Pacific contestation is rising. In this two part article, Kurt Brown discusses why.

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Book Review - The Shortest History of War
22 February 2022 Book reviewLandpower lessonsMilitary history

Does useful military history exist only in weighty tomes? Dr Albert Palazzo finds that - despite its brevity - Gwynne Dyer's concise book, 'The Shortest History of War' offers valuable insights into the profession of arms to experienced practitioners and new soldiers alike.

Spartan warrior in full armour with sword and shield walking in long dry grass
How did Ancient warriors deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
17 February 2022 Cognitive edgeMilitary historyPeople, Culture and Ethics

Wayne Shipp reaches deep into history to discover what we can learn from ancient Greece about human performance in the modern Army.

Lieutenant Geoffrey Godkin of Mentoring Task Force - Four observes the Tangi Valley from a high point while on patrol with the Afghan National Army.; cover of Irregular Warfare Essay Collection at bottom left
Theorising Rebellion
16 February 2022 Irregular WarfareHybrid WarfareLandpower lessons

With the aim of reinvigorating Australian strategic thinking, Andrew Maher codifies the lessons from history into a conceptual framework for Irregular Warfare.

Ready to Write? The Australian Army Research Centre wants to hear from you
15 February 2022 Army in MotionFuture ReadyAccelerated Warfare

Do you have something to say about the future of Australian Army land power?  The Australian Army Research Centre invites your contribution. Read here to find out more.

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What Is War? Defining War, Conflict and Competition
10 February 2022 StrategyMilitary theory

In this article, Nick Bosio places the term 'warfare' within the spectrum of political coercion. He cautions that the rhetorical use of the word 'war' in modern parlance risks our ability to effectively think about, plan and execute operations.

Book Review - From Liddell Hart to Joan Littlewood
8 February 2022 Book reviewLandpower lessonsMilitary history

Reviewer BRIG Chris Roberts (Retd.) commends Professor Brian Bond’s book as insightful and thought provoking. This collection of essays is presented in four parts covering the Great War, inter-war years, the Second World War and the post 1945 period with a focus on the British experience.

Last updated: 6 September 2022 - 7:07am