Contemporary Operating Environment

Ken Bullman OAM Lecture Series

By Ben Templeman February 16, 2021

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.

January 2021    **NEW**

Lecture series namesake, WO1 Ken Bullman OAM himself shares his thoughts on three key topics on Leadership and Performance that he wants to impart particularly to Sergeants and Platoon Commanders.

  1. History of the Battalion
  2. Know your Teams
  3. Know your reference point. 


November 2020  

Mr Daren Jay, CEO Interview Management Services, retired RACMP Warrant Officer after 22 years of service which saw operational deployments to Germany, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Mr Jay presents information on the 'RMP 6 murders' at Al Majar al Kabir on 24 June 2003, and is seeking to provoke the audience to self reflect on the incident with regards to your own training, experience and leadership qualities and style. 


October 2020 

MAJGEN Cheryl Pearce,  Force Commander, UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) discusses 'Law Enforcement Actions in UN operations'.

YouTube Clip - 1 hr 21 mins


May 2020 

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 


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’.





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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