Strengthening the intellectual foundation for our profession of arms.

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.

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 ...