Cubism as a form of non-linarity

The ADF needs non-linearity in contemporary planning

Why the ADF needs to incorporate non-linearity into contemporary planning to seize a competitive advantage.
This paper will argue that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must place greater emphasis on nonlinear thinking and methodologies to enable a more holistic understanding of the contemporary operational environment and develop the intellectual edge required to outsmart, out-innovate, and outmanoeuvre its adversary.

MAJ SM Scott

Realising a data-centric all-domain kill-web through network-driven system design

This paper argues that the ADF requires network-driven system design to maximise the effects of platforms and capabilities across all domains. System design through platform or Service is a relic of the past.

WGCDR John Thornton
A person pondering over a map

Centers of Gravity from the “Inside Out”

LTCOL Jan Rueschhoff and LTCOL Jonathan Dunne’s paper on identifying Centre of Gravity through the “Inside Out” method. The paper aims to provide a better understanding of Critical Factors Analysis to allow staff to develop plans that are both more efficient and effective.

Jan Rueschhoff and Jonathan Dunne
Russia sticking a knife into the toaster that is the Ukraine

An evaluation of the Russian arrangement of military operations during the first phase of the Russo-Ukrainian War

This essay's thesis is that Russia failed to achieve its primary objective due to inadequate operational risk management. This risk, combined with failures in combined arms warfare and logistical problems, led to Russian forces failing to maintain sufficient operational reach and reaching their culminating point before achieving their operational objective.

WGCDR Roslyn Walker.
ARrows indicate a linear plan across a battlefield

Are linear planning models even more critical as warfare evolves greater complexity?

This essay argues that linear planning processes are the most effective method of justifying capability development to the Australian Government to then apply those capabilities as military violence in the complex adaptive system of war.

Major David Bellas
A cowboy that may represent eith the good the bad or the alternative

The Joint Military Appreciation Process: The Good, The Bad and Some Alternatives.

This article evaluates the principal strengths and weaknesses of the ADF’s Joint Military Appreciation Process when used in the planning and execution of operations against complex adaptive systems. It proposes that the ADF could either scrap the JMAP process and move to an existing and more suitable framework for complex adaptive systems, or continue to use the JMAP in conjunction with these more adaptive reiterative systems.

CMDR Ryan Post

November 2022 Edition


  • Ruscism - Through linguistic creativity born of a bilingual people, Ukrainians create a new word to help navigate the horrors of invasion.
  • Under the Eucalyptus - How a one-time German backpacker and an Air Force Officer created a sense of home for the German contingent during Exercise Pitch Black 2022. 
  • Pitch Black & Country Liaison Officers - Group Captain Peter Wood covers off on Pitch Black 2022 and outlines the vital role which Country Liaison Officers play in ensuring the success of International Engagement activities. 
  • Achieving 'Native-like' Accentedness​​ - Private Tamsin Smith asks and answers the question of why do second language learners find it difficult to develop the target language accent, and is it possible to achieve ‘native-like’ accentedness? 
  • The Relationship between Language and Culture - Language plays an integral role in building, maintaining and expressing culture. This article explores the ways in which both of these facets impact how we perceive and interact with the world.
  • Attendance on the Royal Thai Navy Command & Staff Course - Commander Paul Pelczar reflects on his personal and professional experiences while attending the Royal Thai Navy Command and Staff Course in 2017/18.

July 2022 Edition


  • Defence Language and Culture Portal - A sneak preview of the language and culture resource site, which is due to be launched in November 2022.
  • Indigenous Linguists: A compelling argument - Exploration of the capability improvements that would stem from formalising First Nation languages within the ADF linguist space. 
  • Aboriginal English - An overview of the history, currency, and importance of Aboriginal English.
  • Limelight Linguist - A look into the career of one of our Italian linguists: a journalist, reservist, small business owner, and former member of the Italian Air Force.
  • Ciao from Italy - NATO BILC 2022 - Discussions regarding some of the learnings and observations from this year's Bureau for International Language Co-ordination (BILC) Conference, held in Italy.

May 2023 Edition


  • Can we solve the issue of gender-fair language? – This editions column explores the benefits and challenges of addressing the lack of gender-neutral terms in modern-day languages.
  • More than just learning the lingo – Participants at the recent Defence Linguist Conference learned there’s more to different cultures than just words and phrases.
  • All day every day, linguists in Thailand – Gain deeper insights into life in an overseas posting through the experiences of two Army linguists in Thailand.
  • DFSL on the world stage​​ – Anya Ivanova discusses her recent US trip to present at the Bureau for International Language Coordination, and subsequent tour of the Defense Language Institute.