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.
|2 (Australian) Division and National Strategy
Force DesignMilitary theoryFuture Ready
The Defence Strategic Review has prompted significant re-consideration of the role of Army in the defence of the nation. To guide Army’s new purpose, an understanding of Australian Defence and Security Strategy is fundamental, as is recognition of Australia’s strategic interests. This short articles introduces some of these strategic interests and a PME program being run by 2 (AUST) DIV in 2024.
|Putting the Band Back Together – Part Two
Future ReadyModernisationForce Design
Mark Mankowski's builds on his argument that the division is the appropriate highest echelon of command for the Australian Army. Having considered in Part 1 the measures he considers necessary to reinforce, Army’s largest unit of action, in this post he discusses the requirement for more formations in an enabled 1st (Australian) Division.
|Occasional Paper release - Geostrategic Trends and Atrocity Risk
Human SecurityStrategyOur Region
In Occasional Paper 19, published today, the authors focus on geostrategic trends and atrocity risks, analysing the relevance of these trends to Australia's strategic interests. In this Post, the authors summarise the results of the project which led to the paper's development and they highlight the significance of the challenge facing states seeking to prevent atrocity crimes.
|Putting the Band Back Together – Part One
Future ReadyModernisationForce Design
In this Land Power Forum Post, Mark Mankowski argues that the division is the appropriate highest echelon of command for the Australian Army. Based on this assessment, he considers the need to reinforce the division as Army’s largest unit of action.
|Outcomes of ‘Spring Short Thoughts Competition’ 2023
ModernisationEmerging TechnologiesEmerging Threats and Opportunities
Submission topics included technology innovations, strategic RAS applications and tactical employment of RAS to address a diverse range of challenges Army may face in future. These contributions provide meaningful opportunities for Army to continue preparing its land forces.
|Occasional Paper release - ADF Engagement with Fiji
Our RegionPeople, Culture and EthicsLandpower lessons
The ADF has a long history of defence international engagement within our region and beyond. In Occasional Paper 18, Dr Michael O'Keefe seeks to extend the policy literature through a case study of international engagement with Fiji by detailing how a successful approach from 2014-2017 contributed to the achievement of Australian foreign policy goals.
|Maximising the Traction, Energy Efficiency and Manoeuvrability of Wheeled Robots
ModernisationRobotics & Autonomous SystemsForce DesignAccelerated Preparedness
The authors of this post make the case for wheeled robots as a military capability. Using the example of a 6 wheeled robot, the authors explain the principles of terramechanics and its relevance to maximising traction, energy efficiency and manoeuvrability.
|Embracing automation and robotics in the modern ADF
ModernisationRobotics & Autonomous SystemsIndustry
Khuong Nguyen explores the potential of emerging autonomous technologies at scale to help meet Army's domestic and international strategic challenges. Drawing on overseas case studies, he examines opportunities for accelerated adoption of emerging robotic technologies.
|Assessing autonomous options in force design
Robotics & Autonomous SystemsArtificial IntelligenceEmerging TechnologiesAccelerated Preparedness
‘How do you achieve more with less, possibly when your forces are already committed?’
|‘Holding the Door Open’ – Securing a Point of Entry to Facilitate Littoral Manoeuvre in the Near Region’ - Part Five
Amphibious/joint/interagencyHybrid WarfareEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesLittoral Warfare
The Land Power Forum littoral manoeuvre series on securing points of entry (POE) closes out with this fifth and final post. In it, Charles Knight identifies and explores functional capability enhancements that offer the potential to increase the capacity of a smaller force to secure an urban POE more effectively.
|Release of Australian Army Journal Vol XIX No 2 2023
Amphibious/joint/interagencyAustralian Army JournalLandpower lessons
As Army transforms to meet contemporary security challenges, it must optimise for littoral manoeuvre operations by the sea, land and air as part of the integrated force. Drawing on lessons from the ADF's operational history within the region and beyond, this volume of the Australian Army Journal applies focus to Australian operations in the littorals.
|What can the Australian Army learn from the 1945 Borneo Oboe operations?
Alexander Lenart reflects on the benefits of participating in the Australian Army Staff Ride to Borneo. He finds that the lessons learned from the 1945 Oboe operations still resonate today.
|The Robotic Revolution
ModernisationRobotics & Autonomous SystemsIndustryAccelerated Preparedness
This LPF Post considers the possibilities presented by autonomy and robotics. Author Jerimy Tucker considers how these technologies can reduce organisational burden by increasing the effectiveness and preparedness of land forces.
|Fires in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
ModernisationEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesArtificial Intelligence
The fourth industrial revolution has heralded an era of artificial intelligence, automation and robotics with considerable potential benefits to the Australian Army. Jason Kirkham examines this proposition with a focus on Army's indirect fires and targeting responsibilities.
|Economies of Scale Provided by Automated Solutions
ModernisationEmerging TechnologiesRobotics & Autonomous SystemsAccelerated Preparedness
Adam Wawrzkowicz makes the case for an ADF equipped with high-impact, low cost capabilities able to achieve asymmetric strategies. He focusses on the benefits of deliberate deception support by robotics and autonomous systems.
Army in MotionModernisationEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesAccelerated Preparedness
This is the first entry to the AARC Short Thoughts Competition Spring Edition that focuses on the topic of mobilisation. In this submission, James Alexander considers the cumulative effect of seemingly innocuous events on national security. He challenges the ADF to generate a common operating picture to meet the threat of indirect attacks from adversaries.
|‘Holding the Door Open’ – Securing a Point of Entry to Facilitate Littoral Manoeuvre in the Near Region’ - Part Four
Amphibious/joint/interagencyEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesHybrid Warfare
In Part Four of the AARC series on littoral manoeuvre, Charles Knight discusses the personnel-intensive requirements of deploying a perimeter of detection when securing Air or Sea Points of Entry.
|‘Holding the Door Open’ – Securing a Point of Entry to Facilitate Littoral Manoeuvre in the Near Region’ - Part Three
Amphibious/joint/interagencyHybrid WarfareEmerging Threats and Opportunities
Gaining and retaining a secure Air or Sea Point of Entry (APOE/SPOE) is a critical Army enabling function for the Integrated Force to execute ‘anti-access/area denial’ (A2/AD) in the littoral as directed by the Defence Strategic Review. In Part 3 of the Land Power Forum's focus on littoral manoeuvre, Charles Knight sets out to explain why a conventional POE security operation needs significantly great numbers on urban terrain.
|Occasional Paper 17 released - Southeast Asia’s Security Landscape
Regional politicsEmerging Threats and OpportunitiesOur Region
Australian policymakers have long recognised that the resilience of Southeast Asia, as a region bordering the nation’s northern approaches, is fundamental to Australia’s national security. This AARC Occasional Paper examines how the Australian defence community, with its extensive array of networks in Southeast Asia, can best engage the region in the years ahead.
|Subterranean detection using gravity
Quantum TechnologyEmerging Technologies
Recent developments in the South China Sea show that atolls can be converted into military installations. Tracking militarisation on larger islands where structures can be concealed within headlands and underground poses a challenge.