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DEF Australia

DEF Australia is a network of serving military personnel who debate future concepts and progress ideas into tangible action. DEF Aus 17 will be held on 14-15 Dec 17 at the Australian Defence College, Canberra. Detailed information here.

Information – Register for DEF[X] Aus

August 21st, 2016 by DEF Aus Committee

We have been talking about DEF Australia for a while now but how do you register for DEF[X] Aus? It’s simple register at Eventbrite. We also strongly encourage you to read this DEF Aus post and the Information Pack for more detailed ...

Tune in, Listen up and Learn.

August 11th, 2016 by Sharon Mascall-Dare and Mick Cook

Like radio, the podcast creates a ‘theatre of the mind’. Imagination is a powerful tool when learning, creating new neural pathways that fuel understanding. ...

Professional Military Education and Innovation – An Historical Perspective

July 31st, 2016 by Anthony Lias

After recently embarking on a new phase of professional study I have developed a renewed appreciation of the importance that historical lessons can play in understanding the future of war. History presents us with many lessons relevant to the role ...

Cauldron of Complexity – Are germs the next #FutureFight?

July 27th, 2016 by Jasmin Diab

As I cough and sniffle, suffering the effects of a Canberra winter, I remember that germs have two effects on us. First, they help us build an immunity to the common cold and illness and, second, they have the ability ...

DEF Australia Letters from HAMEL Part 3: The Operational Level of War. What is it Good For?

July 12th, 2016 by Tom McDermott

The Op HAMEL intervention is ending.  With the Kamarian Armed Forces in retreat and the International Boundary restored, peace is steadily returning to East Cultania.  Grateful Cultanians line the streets, thanking the ANZUS (and British) coalition for their help.  For another year the Australian Army has trained for what is probably the most ...

DEF Australia Letters from HAMEL Part 2: Just War and Tactical Ethics in a Brutal World 

July 10th, 2016 by Tom McDermott

Many of you who read this will be tacticians.  Congratulations, and good luck.  You’ve volunteered for one of the hardest, most illogical and least predictable jobs going.  Every tactician is, at heart, a problem solver.  The problems you face may vary in context, but the ...

DEF Australia Letters from Hamel Part 1: The Duel, the Enemy and Psychological Mastery 

July 8th, 2016 by Tom McDermott

I’ve just watched a Rehearsal of Coordination (ROC) Drill on Ex HAMEL, and I’m struck by a thought.  I had the same thought when teaching tactics and planning at the British Staff College.  The thought is as follows: As western militaries ...

Redefining ‘Mountains of Steel’: The Utility of Disaggregated CSS in Contemporary Warfare

June 19th, 2016 by Kane Wright

Army’s logisticians have operated under an obsolescent doctrine for decades that is out of touch with a rapidly accelerating technological arms race between combatants. Tendency to concentrate critical logistic effects around single nodes removes redundancy, exposing major sustainment nodes to singular, ...

How do you see the #FutureFight?

June 16th, 2016 by Tom McDermott

The next conflicts will be won by intelligent people with the courage to challenge our current thinking and outlooks. This foundation of innovative people starts with thinking about what our future operating environment looks like. Imagining the future is a tough ask; however, ...

Junior Leadership in the Australian Army

May 29th, 2016 by Scott Holmes

Do we know why it works or are we doing what we’ve always done? The current Australian Army leadership model is an effective means of developing officers and non-commissioned officers (NCO) for operational service. Despite ongoing success, it is worth ...

Introducing DEF Australia

May 25th, 2016 by Tom McDermott

About Tom Tom McDermott is the Director of Activities for DEF Australia. An Australian Army officer who also served for 15 years in the British Army, he is a passionate advocate of the Profession of Arms. He believes that rapid ...

Fiction vs History: Enduring Features of the Future Fight

May 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Martin

A properly schooled officer never arrives on a battlefield for the first time, even if he has never actually trod the ground, if that officer has read wisely to acquire the wisdom of those who have experienced war in times past. LTGEN P.K. Van ...

Training to Innovate – Innovating to Win

May 18th, 2016 by Mick Cook

How will you fight in the future? As a junior military commander you are responsible for training your team to meet the needs of the future fight. What is that future fight and how do you prepare for it? How ...

But I’m in the Military … How can I be an Entrepreneur?

May 3rd, 2016 by Jasmin Diab

Google ‘entrepreneur’ and what do you get? Besides the offers to study business at a university and the wiki definition, the common thread about entrepreneurs is that they seem to leave their full time employment working for “the man” to ...