Reading for War

Commanding Officer 1st Intelligence Battalion - Reading List

By Ben Alward October 22, 2019

The Commanding Officer of the 1st Intelligence Battalion has provided his unit with a list of books they should read to help improve their #IntellectualEdge

This reading list provides a range of professional readings recommended for all ranks in the unit, focused on specialist intelligence skills and the wider profession of arms. On the premise that every soldier is a collector, this reading list will prove of interest to all members of the Australian Army, regardless of rank, trade or Corps.




Ben Alward

Ben Alward graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1999 and was allocated to the Australian Intelligence Corps. He has served in command and leadership appointments across Army, Special Operations and the Joint Force and in a range intelligence specialisations including Electronic Warfare, Human Intelligence and Signals Intelligence. He has deployed on numerous Operations both domestically and in the Middle East, has served the Minister for Defence and Army headquarters in Canberra, and has undertaken an instructor role in the UK. Lieutenant Colonel Alward is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and has been awarded a Masters in Military and Defence studies from the Australian National University. He also holds a Masters of Project Management from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Southern Queensland, an Advanced Diploma in Portuguese language from the ADF School of Languages and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ben Alward is currently the Commanding Officer of the 1st Intelligence Battalion.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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