Let the War Games Begin!

Let the War (Games) Begin!'

Two gaming enthusiasts roll the dice at the Australian Command and Staff College to demonstrate how wargames can be a creative engagement and learning tool that enhances the learning experience.

Phil Baldoni and Mark Mankowski
22min

Australia’s Military Strategic Challenges – Close to Home

The 16 September 2021 announcement of an enhanced trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS) confirmed beyond any remaining doubt that the Australian Government considers its strategic environment to have permanently changed. The 2020 Defence Strategic Update presaged the announcement by highlighting a number of developments which had swiftly altered the strategic landscape of the Indo-Pacific region since the publication of Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper.

Chris Watson
40min

The Art of Pacifism in the Conduct of War

For some, pacifism is a dirty word, shorthand for an unwillingness to fight on behalf of your country. However, pacifism is not just about being anti-war or anti-fighting. It is also about how not to get into a war. It is this latter meaning of pacifism that I draw on in this essay to discuss ethical issues in security strategy, not to undermine the willingness to fight but to consider the pragmatic tools that pacifism provides to prevent the need to fight. I am an amateur boxer, so I understand the inclination to fight and the desire to confront an adversary with force.

Dr Richard Davis
15min

Three words that conjure dangerous oversimplification

The Defence Strategic Update of 2020 provided three words that neatly encapsulate Government’s strategic objectives. The words also capture the raison d'etre of the Australian Defence Force and the tasks it is likely to execute in a period of ‘the most consequential strategic realignment since the Second World War’.[1]

Simon Hunter
8min

Streamlining Air Land Operations for Better Outcomes

Abstract

Anant Mishra
17min

A Fistful of Dollars: the Changing Paradigm of the PMSC and Mercenary in the Modern Battlespace

‘[Mercenaries] disunited, ambitious, without discipline, unfaithful; gallant among friends, vile among enemies; no fear of God, no faith with men.’

— Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Jeremy Pinney
58min

How will a new security and economic epoch affect Australia

Beware the Intent of a Eurasian Entente

The most pressing national security and economic challenge facing Australia is an emerging epoch in which a Eurasian bloc changes the power and economic direction of the globe.

 

Thomas Basan
166mi

The suffering child in the basement of our civility—on the illusion of jus in bello

The suffering child in the basement of our civility—on the illusion of jus in bello

“They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas…They all know that it has to be there . . . they all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers . . . depend wholly on this child’s abominable misery.”(Le Guin, 1993, p. 3)

Vedran Maslic
15min

The Embed

I am an embed ally
A chameleon of war
I do not wear your emblems
a diff’rent loyl’ty I’ve swore

I’m lost amongst your accents 
Your different words and names
I’m searching for my own tribe
While this land around me flames

I am an embed ally 
I blend into your team
I drink the quenching koolaid[1]
I know… a tad extreme!

You welcome me, as your own
I know you’ve got my back
Brother, sister, side-by-side
You’re there to take the slack 

Claire Pearson
2min

How Australia’s ethical failures with Timor-Leste should inform a future shaping strategy for the Indo-Pacific

Australian military planners are grappling with a grey-zone Chinese shaping strategy that threatens to disrupt[1] ‘stability, security and sovereignty’[2] in the Indo-Pacific. China’s strategy utilises a whole-of-government approach to influence competitors and potential partners through all means short of war.

Daniel-Thomson
34min

Defining ‘Right’: What are the ADF’s Ethics?

Overture

Andrew Stokes
30min

The Centre of Gravity in Context

Focusing upon the military idea of what a Centre of Gravity is, the article offers some background into Clausewitz's term to be able to better understand it today. The article finishes off by suggesting Clausewitz's idea of a Centre of Gravity remains relevant today and then discuses current doctrine and how military planners should be focusing upon the linking ideas of a CoG, not the idea itself.

Michael Ward
13min