Learning from the 21st century fight: insights from operations and training

Divito, N., and Biedermann, N. (2008) Learning from the 21st century fight: insights from operations and training. In: [Presented at the Land Warfare Conference 2008]. From: Land Warfare Conference 2008, 28-31 October 2008, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Advanced militaries, optimised for conventional conflicts, are experiencing significant change as they attempt to adapt to the demands of a new defence and security paradigm. The effectiveness of that transformation will depend largely on their ability to fully absorb the lessons of history and of recent operations. The paper begins by juxtaposing the four key factors for ensuring that these lessons are identified and absorbed ('the environment', 'the culture', 'the leaders, and 'the process') within today's Australian Army. The paper then goes on to outline some of the insights (lessons) gained from operations and training activities, with an emphasis on force protection and urban operations. This is followed by an analysis of the way ahead for the Australian Army and why the Army must institutionalise a learning process and, perhaps more importantly, a true learning culture where all have an openness to new ideas and a thirst for constant improvement.

Item ID: 47457
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: Army, lessons, knowledge management
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 00:00
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16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies @ 50%
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81 DEFENCE > 810102 Army @ 50%
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