Contemporary Operating Environment

Ken Bullman OAM Lecture Series

By Ben Templeman May 27, 2020

1 MP Bn have commenced the Warrant Officer Class 1 Ken Bullman OAM lecture series (KBLS). The lecture series is named after the Military Police’s most senior soldier and is designed to emphasise the importance of Professional Education within MP Units and Corps.

The aim of the lecture series is to broaden the education of senior MP soldiers and officers through exposure to law enforcement activities outside of the Australian Army.  This is important as MPs are the primary provider of land based MP effects in support of offshore ADF operations.  Further, noting the adaptive nature of the operating environment, particularly where it relates to law enforcement and criminality in the battlespace, the lecture series is designed to increase intellectual capability to ensure that we are able to provide strategic, operational and tactical level capabilities in the future operating environment.

April 2020

The first instalment is a summary of the presentation delivered by Dr John Coyne of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, on ‘Security Sector Reform: A Philippines case study’.


May 2020 * New *

Webinar presentation by Dr John P Sullivan from the University of Southern California, Small Wars Journal into the 'Militarised criminality in the Americas'.

YouTube clip Part 1 - 34 mins (please note video clips cannot be viewed using the DPN network)

YouTube clip Part 2 - 43 mins 


June 2020 * Coming soon *

Watch this space for MAJGEN Cheryl Pearce,  Force Commander, UN Forces in Cyprus for a discussion about 'Law Enforcement Actions in UN operations'.



Ben Templeman


Lieutenant Colonel Templeman joined the Australian Army in 1999 and undertook a degree from the Australian Defence Force Academy in Science.  Lieutenant Colonel Templeman entered the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 2002 and graduated to the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. Following this, he conducted regimental training in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and subsequently held multiple appointments in 1 MP Bn before assuming the role as its Commanding Officer in 2019.


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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