Chief of Army Scholarship Program

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This Scholarship Program reinforces Army’s intellectual foundation to robustly face future war and facilitates professional development for Army’s future leaders. Purpose The purpose of the CA Scholarship is to: select high performers to undertake academic research enable the professional development of high performers through experience not normally available in Army Strands The Chief of Army Scholarship Program […]

Owning Your Professional Military Development – Junior Officers

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Doctrine Man recently penned the well-known military adage that “no one can manage your career better than yourself”. Deployments, top jobs and plum geographic postings won’t be handed to you on a silver platter. This adage has a similar application when discussing professional development – the most important person managing your professional development is you. Junior […]

#DEFAUS17 Videos – Session 5 – Innovation and Strategy – ‘Learn and Adapt but Still Lose’ – Professor Daniel Marston

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Innovation and Strategy – ‘Learn and adapt but still lose’ – Professor Daniel Marston Daniel Marston BA MA (McGill) DPhil (Oxon.) FRHistS holds a Professorship in Military Studies and is also the Principal of the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command & Staff College in Canberra. He previously held the Ike Skelton […]

#DEFAUS17 Videos – Sessions 3 & 4 – Practical Innovation

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Group Captain Jerome Reid Jerome Reid is a self proclaimed disrupter and the new Director of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Plan Jericho. Plan Jericho provides the strategic framework for Air Force’s transformation to a 5th-generation integrated fighting force. Through Plan Jericho, Air Force will ensure it meets the expectations of Government outlined in Defence […]

#DEFAUS17 Videos – Session 2 – Innovation and War – Why We Innovate, How We Fight and Ethics

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Why We Innovate – Lieutenant Colonel Clare O’Neill Clare O’Neill is a Royal Australian Engineer and has been the Chief of Army Scholar and Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies at Georgetown University. Clare is the Founder of Grounded Curiosity and contributes to the Postern Association, Defence Entrepreneurs Forum Australia, Military Writers Guild, and […]

#DEFAUS17 Videos – Session 1 – Innovation and the Future Fight – Cyber, Artificial Intelligence and Gamification

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Innovation and the Future Fight – Cyber, Artificial Intelligence and Gamification Cyber – Alastair MacGibbon Mr Alastair MacGibbon is the Cyber Security Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia.  He leads the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, aiming to transform Australia’s cyber security landscape and create a cyber resilient nation.  He drives partnerships between Government, […]

#DEFAUS17 Videos – Welcome Address – Junior Leaders and Innovation – MAJGEN Rick Burr, DSC, AM, MVO

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Welcome Address – Junior Leaders and Innovation by MAJGEN Rick Burr, DSC, AM, MVO Major General Burr is the Deputy Chief of the Australian Army, a position he has held since January 2015. Graduating from the Royal Military College—Duntroon in 1985, his diverse career encompasses unique service as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific, command […]

#DEFAus17 – Pragmatic Innovation for Military Strength

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BLUF: Access #DEFAus17 Booklet here. Introduction – Who we are There is a culture of innovation and professional curiosity running through the veins of our defence force. We see it when junior leaders conspire together in messes to solve the challenges of our future. We see it when someone has a ‘light-bulb moment’ at 0300 h on […]

The Postern Association – The Vehicles for Intellectual Mastery (Part 2 of 4)

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“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest […]

The Postern Association (Part 1 of 4)

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This year a small and dedicated team of Australian Army personnel has been bringing together the DEF Australia activities. This team believes that professional development and innovation are best done as collective activities, and also that initiatives need to think beyond short term goals. So concurrently to the DEF[X] activities, the DEF team has been working on ‘where to […]

Army Foundation Scholarship

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General Outline The Army Foundation Scholarship is one of four strands to the Chief of Army Scholarship Program. It was previously known as the Chief of Army Scholarship and is awarded to high performing individuals at the rank of Sergeant-to-Lieutenant Colonel for the purposes of academic research or professional development usually over a period not […]

Episode 5 – Brigadier Mick Ryan AM

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This podcast features great insights from Brigadier Mick Ryan AM. The podcast begins with Brigadier Ryan discussing his roles in the Australian Army including as Commander 1st Brigade, and building networks through educational opportunities at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico and John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Listen to Brigadier Ryan discuss […]

Online Military Blogs and Websites

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Here is a list of online resources to get you started exploring avenues for your self-initiated or team professional military development: Land Power Forum – short posts published by the Australian Army on topics including modernisation, future of land power, strategy, emerging threats and opportunities, land combat, logistics, cyber and space, amphibious / joint / interagencies operations […]

Facebook Accounts to Follow

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Here are some Facebook accounts to follow in order to get you started in the world of social media for professional military use: Australia: Grounded Curiosity Erudite Warrior Dead Prussian Podcast Security Scholar The Lowy Institute for International Policy Australian Strategic Policy Institute United States: The Strategy Bridge The Military Leader Platoon Leader Company Command […]

Manoeuvre Self Study Program

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Want to self-initiate your professional development? Stuck in a posting to the Back of Bourke with no-one to help with your professional development pathway? Check out the Maneuver Self Study Program brought to you by the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. A commitment to learning is just as important as your commitment to fitness […]

#CCLKOW – Weekly Online Professional Development Discussion

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Need quick ideas for professional development/discussion in 2016? Ideas from ‪#‎CCLKOW‬ may help – a weekly conversation on military affairs jointly hosted by the Center for Company-Level Leaders (CCL) at the US Military Academy at West Point and the Kings of War (KOW), a blog of the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The […]

Military Reading Lists

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Looking for some military reading lists for inspiration? Want to know what senior commanders think we should be reading? Here are some lists to get you started: Australian Chief of Army’s Reading List – philosophers of war, character of land warfare, culture and conflict, military organisation culture and behaviours, strategy and doctrine, logistics, command and leadership, […]

Jonathan Church Award

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The Chief of Army’s Jonathan Church Ethical Solider Award is awarded annually to junior soldiers and junior officers who personify Army’s ten core behaviours with emphasis on compassionate and ethical soldiering. The award is named in honour of Trooper Jonathan Church. Trooper Church was a Special Air Service Regiment paramedic who served with the United […]

Army Capabilities Integration Centre – Weekly Professional Development

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Don’t know what to run for professional development with your team? Read thoughts, insight and advice from the master of Soldier-Scholar leadership – Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. Click here to check it out at the Army Capabilities Integration Center’s weekly online professional development site. Over 70 topics and counting, topics have included: The Use and Abuse of Military […]

Robert Chaloner Prize for Outstanding Young Strategic Leadership ($1,000)

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The Rob Chaloner Prize is awarded by the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS) annual in recognition of outstanding young strategic leadership. The prize of $1,000 allows the recipient to undertake further personal development of their choosing. The process is via nominations not applications, so if you have a junior to mid-level officer who fits the criteria, […]

Future Strategic Leaders Congress

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Future Strategic Leaders’ Congress Interested in behind-the-scenes information on strategic affairs in our region? The Future Strategic Leaders’ Congress, run by the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS), is one of the few opportunities for military junior leaders to engage directly with senior national security leaders, industry heads, and leading thinkers around a central, strategic theme. Critical […]

Case Study – Fulbright Scholarship

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This post is written to provide both inspiration and also some of the practical realities about applying for prestigious academic scholarships. I acknowledge that this post will not be widely nor completely read from start-to-finish. I do; however, fervently hope that one of you out there is a future Fulbright Scholar in-waiting and your ‘U.S. National Defence University Professor’ flash […]

For Your Military Essays – Defence Technical Information Centre

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Conducting research on your military essay as instructed by your Commanding Officer? Want publicly accessible and peer-reviewed scholarly publications on military topics? Well, here’s the hot tip – check out the Defence Technical Information Centre for a more refined search than Google. Bound to up the ante in your essay writing from your peer’s wikipedia sources and all […]

Episode 4 – David S. Maxwell

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Chat with Dave Maxwell at Georgetown University to hear his thoughts on what the future holds for junior commanders. The podcast starts with the discussion of the future operating environment within the framework of nuclear, traditional and irregular warfare, and ends with a great story about initiative and strategic perspective by a junior leader in the […]

Episode 3 – T.X. Hammes

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Discussion with T.X. Hammes at the National Defense University in Washington D.C including insights on broad spectrum bets for the future, structural versus interactive complexity, tactical decision games, learning how each other thinks up and down the chain of command, using mission orders, how to deal with mistakes and ending with entertaining kids in Somalia […]

Episode 2 – David H. Ucko

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David H. Ucko was interviewed at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. His latest book, co-authored with Robert Egnell, Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare has recently been published See Emile Simpson’s book review here.  Some of David Ucko’s thoughts on junior commanders: “Junior commander’s have an unenviable role to play […]

Episode 1 – Matthew Cavanaugh

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Chat with Matthew Cavanaugh who was teaching the Military Strategy Course at the United States Military Academy West Point at the time. A taste of Cavanaugh’s advice: – On core competencies for junior military commanders: develop your sense of military judgement, relate your tactical action to national policy, and to do both of these things, […]

Library – About

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This section of Grounded Curiosity provides a library of practical information on a range of military topics. We hope this helps out time-poor commanders who need practical information and reference material in an easy-to-access location for their individual and team professional development. Reading lists are also those recommended by senior commanders and academic scholars  instead of […]

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A day at the office

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