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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.

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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.

Doggoles on. Sapper Shaun Ward with his explosive detection dog (EDD) Aussie ready to board a helicopter at the site of the new patrol base north of Baluchi Valley, Afghanistan.
Mimicking Canine Olfactory Sensing Using Solid-State Vapour Detectors
3 February 2022 Land combatEmerging TechnologiesArmy in Motion

Oscar Fowler considers the operational potential of current ADF research into solid state detection devices able to mimic the olfactory capabilities of explosive detection dogs.

Welcome to the Land Power Forum for 2022
1 February 2022 Army in MotionCognitive edgeFuture Ready

The Director of the Australian Army Research Centre (AARC) reflects on the enduring importance of Army adaptation and invites contributions to the AARC's several publications.

A soldier crouching and holding a 3D printed tile with a camouflage net in the background and with the cover of Spotlight Brief 7/21 in the foreground lower right corner
Science, Technology and Industry (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
10 December 2021 Spotlight BriefIndustryStrategic Analysis

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

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Army sets their sights on robotic and autonomous systems, concepts, and technologies
9 December 2021 Quantum TechnologyEmerging TechnologiesRobotics & Autonomous SystemsRICO

Learn more about Army's ongoing research, exploration and evaluation of robotic and autonomous systems in these videos from the Army's Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO).

An Australian Army soldier prepares a Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle with the cover of Spotlight Brief 7/21 in the foreground lower right corner
Force Design (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
7 December 2021 Spotlight BriefForce DesignStrategic Analysis

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

Irregular Warfare Essay Collection
6 December 2021 Human SecurityIrregular WarfareHybrid Warfare

This essay collection charts a trajectory for reinvigorating Australian Army’s expertise in Irregular Warfare. It provides a breadth of perspectives based on several case studies drawn from the authors' personal experiences and thoeretical analysis.

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People, Culture and Ethics (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
3 December 2021 Spotlight BriefStrategic AnalysisPeople, Culture and Ethics

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

Soldiers from 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion fires a Patriot missile during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 on July 16, 2021, at Camp Growl located in Queensland, Australia. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Trevor Wild, 38th ADA BDE Public Affairs.)
How does the Australian Army Defend our Immediate Region? – Part 2
2 December 2021 Future ReadyEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesForce Design

Building on his previous LPF Post, Mark Mankowski evaluates Albert Palazzo's controversional call for a new military philosophy for Australia: 'Planning Not to Lose'. In this article, Mankowski draws conclusions from his previous analysis, and suggests implications for future ADF strategy, doctrine and force structure.

Australian Army Lieutenants and Sergeants from the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, conduct close-combat shooting during Exercise First Shot at Greenbank Training Area with AAJ Vol XVII No 1 cover in foreground
Australian Army Journal, Volume XVII, Number 1
30 November 2021 Australian Army JournalForce DesignModernisation

This edition of the Australian Army Journal explores force structure, command and control, with particular focus on the relevance of disruptive technology. The Australian Army Journal is an integral element of the Australian Army Research Centre’s contribution to discourse on the profession of arms and preparation of ADF personnel for future operational challenges.

Urban Warfare: A Practitioner’s Annotated Bibliography
29 November 2021 Human SecurityIrregular WarfareHybrid Warfare

'The AARC's most recent publication, 'Urban Warfare – An Annotated Bibliography’, provides access to a wealth of resources about urban warfare to military practitioners. It collates over 500 papers, articles and reports on the topic of urban warfare. Each resource is directly or indirectly, accessible online.

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Economy (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
29 November 2021 Spotlight BriefEconomicsStrategic Analysis

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

Australian Army soldiers and officers from the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) test the Army’s new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) on the beach during Exercise Sea Wader 2020 at Cowley Beach Training Area, Far North Queensland.
How does the Australian Army Defend our Immediate Region? – Part 1
25 November 2021 Future ReadyEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesForce Design

Mark Mankowski reflects on the security implications to Australia of Albert Palazzo's controversional call for a new military philosophy for Australia: 'Planning Not to Lose'. In this article, Mankowski evaluates Palazzo's proposal against ADF doctrine and a test scenario.

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Strategy (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
24 November 2021 Spotlight BriefStrategyStrategic Analysis

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

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Evolving Geo-strategic Dynamics (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
22 November 2021 Spotlight BriefEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesStrategic Analysis

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

A United States Army M901 Launching Station fires a MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile to engage a target, at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021; overlaid with the cover of Spotlight Brief 7/21.
Our Region (Spotlight Brief 7/21)
19 November 2021 Spotlight BriefOur RegionStrategic Analysis

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 7/21.

Will emerging technology dominate conventional battlefield?
18 November 2021 Emerging TechnologiesRobotics & Autonomous SystemsLand combat

In this LPF post, Anant Mishra considers how the use by Israel of artificial intelligence to anticipate targets and identify possible rocket batter locations has given us a glimpse of how emerging technologies could dominate conventional battles in the 21st Century.

Science, Technology and Industry (Spotlight Brief 6/21)
17 November 2021 IndustryStrategic AnalysisSpotlight Brief

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 6/21.

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Book Review - Death of the Wehrmacht
16 November 2021 Landpower lessonsLand combatBook review

Dr Al Palazzo rediscovers his copy of Citino's 'Death of the Wehrmacht' and finds it to be an impressive volume with considerable utility to the modern military professional.

Last updated: 17 May 2021 - 5:37am