Future Thinking – Space Culture: What do we need for the Future Fight?

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Space is a domain that is increasingly contested, congested and competitive. As the cost and technical barriers to space diminish, the range of states and non-state actors able to access space (either directly or by leveraging another’s capabilities) continues to grow. Over a dozen states are now capable of independently launching satellites into space; more […]

Innovation Toolbox – Innovation: Why do we need it in the military? (Part 1 of 3)

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The idea was fantastically, wildly improbable. But like most fantastically, wildly improbable ideas it was at least as worthy of consideration as a more mundane one to which the facts had been strenuously bent to fit. Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Ask any senior military leader today what qualities they want in their […]

Social Media in the Military: Opportunities, Perils and a Safe Middle Path

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Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren’t there before.  Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science Introduction Social media has revolutionised global communication and professional discourse.  It has demonstrated a capacity for penetration that is historically unprecedented, especially compared to other means of communication.  For example Facebook took just 12 years to gain 1.65 […]

How Electronic Learning Environments Can Support Professional Military Education

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Social media is commonly being used by the future leaders of Army for Professional Military Education (PME). Blogs have been accepted as a professionally and socially acceptable form of communication for both formal and informal PME. Against this backdrop, Officer Training Wing (OTW) at the Land Warfare Centre (LWC) has embraced these communication tools through […]

Professional Military Education and Innovation – An Historical Perspective

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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 and impact of innovation within military organisations. Indeed, a range of historical events and now […]

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

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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 technically complex role they might face; ‘three block’ war against a near peer enemy in a major coalition.  As […]

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

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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 core question is always the same.  How and where to apply limited assets, in the most efficient way and […]

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

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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 we plan well.  We are good at applying our process, at manoeuvring forces, at building […]

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

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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, catastrophic enemy actions that paralyse the fighting force. In this light, Army’s commanders must now […]

How do you see the #FutureFight?

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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, the words ‘innovation’ and ‘future’ go hand-in-hand. We are not innovating for today, we are innovating for […]

A Review of Army’s Education, Training and Doctrine – Needs for the Future

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In 2014, the Australian Army commenced an intellectual pivot designed to review the lessons of the past 15 years, better understand the future operating environment and ensure Australian soldiers could prevail in ‘the first fight of the next war’. Elements of this included the Future Land Warfare Report, the Afghanistan lessons initiative, the ‘Building on […]

Exchange Programme Long Look

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I was privileged to be selected to attend Exchange Programme Long Look (LL) in 2015. LL is an incredible professional development opportunity for junior officers and NCOs. Each LL experience will be different and processes may vary, but here are my thoughts about the programme for fellow Subbies who may be interested. General outline LL is […]

Time Wasted and Lessons Learnt

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It takes considerable knowledge just to recognise the extent of your own ignorance. Thomas Sowell[1] Introduction The leadership, readiness, resilience, mental toughness and moral courage of Army’s junior leaders are topics that entice passionate debate. The result of these robust discussions often concludes with a clear outline of the faults of junior officers: ‘they didn’t rehearse,’ […]

Case Study – Army Strategic Scholarship – Johns Hopkins SAIS

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This case study by Brigadier Mick Ryan links to a series on Grounded Curiosity about the Chief of Army Scholarship Program and highlights the opportunities at John Hopkins SAIS through the Army Strategic Scholarship. Williamson Murray has described the profession of arms, and in particular the demands of military leadership, as the most intellectually demanding of all professions. […]

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 […]

Erudite Warrior

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One of the key differences between a professional and an employee is a commitment to the pursuit of professional knowledge – beyond that which is formally delivered.  Erudite Warrior is a new social media resource intended to “foster the study of the profession of arms”. Basically, the editors share a selection of interesting, relevant, topical and/or thought provoking articles via Facebook and Twitter. […]

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 […]

Global Voices

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Global Voices is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote Australian youth engagement in international diplomacy and foreign policy discussion. In the past five years, Global Voices has sent over 35 delegations to 18 of the most prestigious international conferences in the world. Defence Delegation One of the delegations focuses entirely on defence and security […]

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 […]

About – Podcasts & Videos

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Curiosity functions best collectively. These podcasts and videos aim to share the ideas gleaned from insightful scholars, commanders and practitioners in the hope they generate conversation and curiosity in the listener. Grounded Curiosity publishes original articles as well as videos and podcasts – contact us (groundedcuriosity@gmail.com) if you have a submission.

Don’t miss our next event

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A day at the office

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Just a simple post

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