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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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Introducing the Future Land Warfare Collection 2021, Australian Army Research Centre (AARC)
26 July 2021 Future Ready

The authors of the essays published in the 2021 FLW Essay Collection represent some of these important thinkers. The essays are written by members of the Australian Army Research Centre, the Australian Army History Unit, the Robotics and Integrated Technologies Coordination Office, and the Land Force Design and Force Structure Directorates.  Originally written for the 2020 Chief of Joint Operations Essay competition, these papers span some of the important priorities of an Army that is firmly focused on its transformation. They serve as an example of the institutional approach that Army needs to apply in terms of leading change and debating the future of the Australian Army.

A Precision Engagement Team small unmanned aerial vehicle is deployed during a live fire airbase protection scenario at the Singleton Military Training Area during Exercise Gathering Storm 21.
Future Land Warfare Collection 2021: A Proposed ‘Future Concept Narrative’ for the Australian Defence Force
25 July 2021 Ready NowFuture ReadyStrategy

Narratives are critical in that they give shape to strategy.[5] Military-strategic narratives in particular need to have resonance, coherence, authenticity and relevance across both space and time. This is vital to win public trust, gain legitimacy and secure cooperation at the nation-state level.[6] Military-strategic narratives strengthen the joint force by enabling and powering new thinking. This intellectual input is crucial now that the ADF is faced with responding concurrently to the variety of traditional and non-traditional security challenges that have emerged within the global system since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Australian Army Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH-Tiger) from the 1st Aviation Regiment approaches the deck of HMAS Adelaide alongside a CH-47F Chinook Helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment during deck landing certifications off Townsville during Exercise Sea Wader 2020.
Future Land Warfare Collection 2021: A Festival of Dangerous Ideas
25 July 2021 Strategy

The idea of ‘a festival of dangerous ideas’ is apt. Channelling the actual festival (held in Sydney each year since 2009), this critical examination of MDO seeks to ‘bring to light important conversations that push the boundaries of conventional thought’. The ‘dangerous ideas’ which emerge illuminate risk and opportunity for the Australian joint force in the increasingly uncertain years ahead.

Able Seaman Aviation Support Indiana Van Arkel communicates with the bridge from the Flight Deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21.
Future Land Warfare Collection 2021: The Hidden Value of Change and Renewal for the Future Joint Force
25 July 2021 People, Culture and Ethics

This essay defines what intangible assets are and examines how they have changed over time and why they are important to building a stronger joint force. The discussion is contextualised by providing examples of why intangibles matter to the future value and strength of the joint force. This is followed by an analysis and comparison of Defence practices with external industry practices, to highlight possible gaps and opportunities in what is measured.[4] Are current measures of success applicable and transferable to the joint force arena? The final section of this essay challenges traditional military views and assumptions by exploring established paradigms and visualising how they could be different in the future to set the conditions for a stronger joint force to emerge.

Australian Army crew chief Lieutenant Dallin Stirling attaches post-flight safety tags to a Shadow 200 during Exercise Dragon Sprint at Townsville Field Training Area, QLD.
Future Land Warfare Collection 2021: Artificial Intelligence and Battlefield Aviation
25 July 2021 Artificial IntelligenceAviationRobotics & Autonomous SystemsModernisation

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) augmented unmanned aerial systems (UAS), airborne autonomous logistic supply systems (AALSS) and optionally manned aircraft will challenge the way we develop, acquire and employ these systems. These advancements require us to fundamentally shift the paradigm through which we employ battlefield aviation. Now is the time for us to start planning and testing our new approaches.

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Science, Technology and Industry (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

The content in this article is an extract of Spotlight Brief 4/21.

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Force Design (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

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People, Culture and Ethics (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

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Economics (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

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Strategy (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

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Evolving Geo-strategic Dynamics (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

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Our Region (Spotlight Brief 4/21)
20 July 2021 Spotlight Brief

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AARC Update – Army’s Makerspace Initiative – Reflections from the program’s first year
15 July 2021 MakerSpace
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Book Review: Eighth Army Versus Rommel
13 July 2021 Book review

Tactics, Training and Operations in North Africa 1940-1942

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History and the Future of War: A Reflection
9 July 2021
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Book Review: Vicarious Warfare: American Strategy and the Illusion of War on the Cheap
5 July 2021 Book reviewMilitary theoryVicarious warfare
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Mission Command and Artificial Intelligence: Obstacles to Integration
1 July 2021 Robotics & Autonomous Systems
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Book Review - The Artillery at ANZAC: Adaptation, Innovation and Education
29 June 2021 Book review

 

By Chris Roberts and Paul Stevens

Australian Army officer, Brigadier Ana Duncan, meets with SINCO II Commander, at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. (Portions of this photo have been blurred to protect operational security)
Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a post COVID-19 World
24 June 2021 LeadershipArmy in MotionPeople, Culture and Ethics

As our nation’s land specialists, Army is acutely aware of why a diverse force matters. We fight where people live and 50% of the world’s population are women.

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Book Review - The Hall of Mirrors: War and Warfare in the Twentieth Century
22 June 2021 Book review

By Jim Storr

Last updated: 17 May 2021 - 5:37am