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Evolving an Intellectual Edge: Professional Military Education for the Australian Army

By Tom McDermott February 13, 2019


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In April 2016 the Chief of the Australian Army commissioned the Ryan Review, a root and branch review of Army's education, training and doctrine system.

The Review concluded that the Australian Army faced a problem.  The character of warfare was changing, and that professional education - the very thing that would help us adapt - was 'not placed within a unified approach to developing the intellectual capabilities of Army's people'.

To remedy this the CA has now endorsed a new Professional Military Education strategy for Army. 

This Strategy lays out the argument for an intellectual edge, and then directs the ends, ways and means that will be used to achieve it.

Army's PME Strategy will be executed through CA Directive 22-17, now available in the usual place on the Defence Protected Network.

The Cove is a part of Army's evolving PME Strategy.  Keep your eyes out for the hashtags #intellectualedge and #fightingpower for the next steps. Good soldiering.



Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

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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