A Very Normal Military PME Modern Love Story

Honourable Mention | ADC Sci-Fi Writing Competition

Story by Mike Matson

Lisa sat in the departure lounge at LAX tapping furiously on her phone, her right eye starting the twitch she only got when dealing with her mother.

Her boyfriend had dropped her off and said goodbye. It was amicable, but final. The relationship was not headed towards marriage despite the last five years they were together while she was completing her PhD in East Asian Art History at UCLA.

Mike Matson

The Doomsday Clock

Honourable Mention | ADC Sci-Fi Writing Competition

Story by SD Chandrasekara

“Time for another story,” the Monk said. “Once upon a time, there was a human race. The human race bumbled along for a long time, generally happily, with the occasional period of unhappiness.”

“Peace was the norm,” whispered one acolyte.

“Over time, as population expanded, and more of humanity came into more frequent contact with each other, that evolved to more generally unhappy, with the occasional period of happiness.”

SD Chandrasekara

The Cave

Honourable Mention | 2021 ADC Sci-Fi Writing Competition

Story by Sarah Lucinsky



He flicked through the pages of an old book as he waited in line, tapping his foot impatiently. He couldn’t stop thinking about the damn promotion.

Sarah Lucinsky

Clausewitz & Centres of Gravity Open to Interpretation

Trying to understand the abstruse messages of Carl von Clausewitz’s On War can be both mind-numbing and mind-blowing. However, interpretation is the key to unpacking his obsession with the ‘centre of gravity’ as being critical to how forces generate strength

Where more than twenty interpretations take to the field, the addition of one more cannot be deemed an impertinence. - Isaiah Berlin

Michael Krause

An Inclusive War


Amanda Van De Paverd
5 min

Finding our Religion: The (Canadian) Chaplaincy Validation

The Royal Canadian Chaplain Service, with its specific training emphasis on ethics and awareness of modern spiritual diversity, could offer a model for the ADF to better meet the spiritual and secular needs of its members.

Major The Reverend Dr Jon Derrick Marshal, CD and Padre Yvon Pichette

JPME enables Warrant Officers to Bridge the Generalist/Specialist Divide

While warrant officers are indispensable to commanders because of their specialist skills, they are increasingly expected to develop a broader generalist outlook to better inform strategic decision making. JPME enables warrant officers to refocus their specialist skills through a strategic lens.

Andrew Garnett

Victory in the Age of Cyber-Enabled Warfare

Future conflicts will not be won in cyberspace, but they can most certainly be lost there.

Major Christopher Wardrop

Can We Help You? To Speak To Your Advisor Press 1. If You Wish To Instigate a Backlash Press 2.

Can ‘advise and assist’ missions be conducted successfully without even setting foot on site?
Let’s look at the ethics and pitfalls of resolution by remote control in nonviolent conflicts.

Mathew Wann

Losing Our Religion: The ADF’s Chaplaincy Dilemma

With a predicted 75 per cent of ADF members no longer identifying as religious within 10 years, the traditional concept of the Christian chaplain is fast becoming outdated. How does the ADF best provide pastoral care and wellbeing support to an increasingly secularist military force?

Colonel Phillip Hoglin, CSC

JPME With a Purpose: Breaking Through the Mythology

A personal search for the truth beyond the myths of Canada’s naval success reinforces the merits of Australia’s attitude to cultivating informed leadership through a robust JPME system that encourages the asking of uncomfortable questions.

Darin MacDonald

War-Fighting and the Production of Non-Sense

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update provides a strategic demand signal for Defence to think equally and iteratively across shape, deter and respond. In this context, the notion of warfighting warrants a reconsideration in terms of the dominant position it occupies within the ADF. If this term no longer simply speaks to the activity of fighting a war, what does it actually do, and how does this affect Australia’s current approach to military strategy?

Phil Champion and Matthew Gill