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Scharnhorst and Professional Mastery


To me, being 'professional' has meant striving for excellence at my everyday job. Until I attended Command and Staff Course at the Australian War College last year, I did not appreciate that being good at my job was not the same as being a military professional. The course broadened my understanding; being a professional requires one to embrace continual learning in all aspects of the profession. I became conscious that through professional mastery, individuals, even those in junior roles, can influence organisational outcomes beyond their job.

SQNLDR Agam Sheldon
3mins
US Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with members of the Afghan special forces to observe their training at Camp Commando, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2019

Pakistan’s Unconventional War Failure


Since 2009 the Afghan government, with international support, has pursued a policy of opening the door to a political solution to the war in their nation. That policy decision was backed up by a massive push to professionalize the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and to continue to militarily pressure the taliban and others on the battlefield. The underlying premise was that the Taliban movement (senior and low-level members) would be forced to react to the legitimate Afghan government olive branch in many ways.

Jason Criss Howk
3 min
Defence Product Innovation Success - Summary

Product innovation success in the ADF – an exploratory study

It is possible for Australian defence companies and the Australian Defence Organisation to achieve greater success and better mitigate the financial, technical and schedule risks in developing new, technology-based  equipment and services for the ADF.

The research leading to this conclusion was based on case studies of 20 successful and unsuccessful Australian defence projects, and addressed three key questions:

Dr Gregor Ferguson
3mins

The Competition Prism

“Our traditional way that we differentiate between peace and war is insufficient …….we think of being at peace or war…our adversaries don’t think that way.” 

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 21 September and 5 October 2016 

Brigadier Grant Mason
4 min

Defence Entrepreneur’s Forum Australia 2019 -Sep30 and Oct01

Interested in pitching or participating at the Defence Entrepreneur’s Forum Australia 2019 (#DEFAus19)?

The Forge
1 min

Sir James Rowland Seminar at ADFA - 28 August 2019

In collaboration with the Air Power Development Centre, ACSACS is pleased to announce the details of the latest Sir James Rowland Seminar.

  • Theme: Australia's enduring approach to Air-mindedness and Aviation Culture
  • Keynote speaker: Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)
  • Tickets are free, and the event is fully catered.
  • Register at Eventbrite

 

 

The Forge
1 min

ADF Concept for Command and Control of the Future Force

FOREWORD

by DL Johnston, AO Vice Admiral, RAN

Vice Chief of the Defence Force

Department of Defence
10min

Are we ready for machines to learn and make decisions for us?

LTCOL Jasmin Diab uses the example of her recent work in supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency to ask us to consider the future of machine learning and its ability to support military decision making.

LTCOL Jasmin Diab
3 min

Lessons for Military Planning in 21st Century Warfare

ADF

 

Rob Alsworth and Andrew Tidmarsh
4 min
Diplomacy

Gaming for Strategic Acumen

Over the last few years, the subject of gaming has returned to the mainstream of professional military education around the world. Here, Darren Huxley reflects on how the Australian War College is using a common commercial board game, Diplomacy, to deepen its student's pursuit of strategic acumen.

COL Darren Huxley
7 min

Balancing the Science and Art of Warfare

As technological advances increasing automate the control of weapons, it is timely to review the skills we need in our warfare professionals. Their core skills will increasingly be maintaining SA and making decisions in confusing and evolving circumstances. We need to ensure the ‘science’ and ‘art’ of warfare are balanced.

CDRE Peter Leavy
6 min

Mental Models - Part II - Cooperation, Competition and Conflict

Mental models help our thinking to creatively apply force and craft durable and comprehensive strategies. We need to lift our thinking, and our doctrine, out of the peace-war mental model and into one that acknowledges constant competition and its temporal conditions of cooperation and conflict.

Clare O’Neill
9 min