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How Do We Win The Next War? with Greg Colton

By Greg Colton July 1, 2020

With the President of the United States announcing that Islamic State has been territorially defeated in Iraq and Syria, The Director of The Cove, LTCOL Greg Colton, gave this CoveTalk in which he asked: how does Australia win the next war? In lieu of assured technological superiority or mass, he argues that it is through developing the Army's intellectual capacity - and thus the ability to create relative mass in time and space to achieve an effect against an adversary - that is the answer.

To achieve this intellectual edge, the Directorate of Professional Military Education has developed a framework for providing professional development to all Army's people, regardless of rank or corps, that is accessible throughout their careers. LTCOL Colton describes this framework and then puts out an open invitation to the Army - what topics would you like to see included?

Comments and feedback, especially regarding the topics for development as education packages available through blended learning, can be sent to soldiercove [at] Doing so will help us shape the future of your Army, and might just help the Army win the next war.

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Greg Colton

Greg Colton is an infantry officer with 18 years’ experience in both the British and Australian armies, including operational service in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Pacific. Greg has had range of regimental, instructional and staff postings and recently took a years’ sabbatical to accept a Research Fellowship at the Lowy Institute, Australia’s leading international policy think-tank. While at the Lowy Institute he ran a Defence funded project examining drivers of instability in the Pacific. On his return to the Army, Greg assumed his current position as SO1 Professional Military Education at Forces Command. He is also Director of The Cove.

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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