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Biography

Michael Krause

Major General Krause, AM graduated to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps in 1983. He undertook all his junior regimental appointments in 1st Brigade, mainly in 2nd Cavalry Regiment where he served as Adjutant, Officer Commanding B Squadron, and as the Commanding Officer 2000-01. He commanded 1st Brigade 2008-09.

Major General Krause’s staff appointments include service in Defence Headquarters as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Army in 1996 and was the inaugural Chief Staff Officer (Operations) to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force when that position was also Chief of Joint Operations in 2004-05. In 2010 he served as the Director General Plans (J5) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, and in 2012 as the Head of the US Force Posture Initiative.

Major General Krause has served operationally in Iran as a United Nations Military Observer on the UNIIMOG mission in 1990, and in the Solomon Islands as Military Adviser to the Special Coordinator of RAMSI during 2004. He saw a short period of service in Iraq in 2005 and in Afghanistan and East Timor in 2008. He has also served with 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards as a reconnaissance troop leader and was the ADF liaison officer to the USMC at Quantico 2002-03 for which he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal. In 2011-12 he was Deputy Chief of Staff Plans at Headquarters ISAF Joint Command in Kabul where he was responsible for the operational planning of the campaign in Afghanistan. Major General Krause was awarded a Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious achievements in this warfighting role and a Commendation for Distinguished Service.

Major General Krause holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNSW, and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies and Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University. He also holds a Master of Defence Studies from UCA. He is a graduate of Australian Command and Staff College (1995) and is a Member of The Royal College of Defence Studies, UK, (2006). He was awarded the Chauvel Medal in 2006 for his essay on Minimum Mass Tactics and his essay ‘Square pegs for Round Holes: Current Approaches to Future Warfare and the need to Adapt’ was published by LWSC as a working paper.


Break In

Clausewitz and Centres of Gravity: ​​​​​​​Turning the esoteric into practical outcomes

Since Clausewitz is no longer alive to explain exactly what he meant when describing 'Centre of Gravity', here is one interpretation from a gentlemen with a little bit of military experience.

By Michael Krause