Thomas Basan

Major Thomas BASAN enlisted in January 1980. As a soldier and NCO, MAJ BASAN served in 2/4 RAR and SASR. On commissioning, MAJ BASAN commanded paratroopers in 3 RAR at platoon, specialist platoon and company. MAJ BASAN is a graduate of ACSC and ATSOC and has a master’s in systems engineering. In later years, MAJ BASAN served in Future Land Warfare, AHQ; Land Development Branch and the Australian Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation, CDG; Brigade Major, 13 Brigade and Preparedness, AHQ. He is currently employed within Land Capability Development, AHQ.

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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Hawkei is Coming, What can we do with it?

L121-4 Hawkei was envisaged as an ‘armoured Land Rover’ replacement. As the vehicle was developed it retained its ‘armoured support vehicle’ features, but grew ‘light armoured fighting vehicle’ features. While using the Hawkei as an ‘armoured support vehicle’ is reasonably understood, using it as a ‘light armoured fighting vehicle’ is breaking new ground.

By Thomas Basan

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Time for a new approach to war? A case for adopting the Kill Chain concept.

Environmental, operational and conceptual considerations emerging from acceptance and analysis of accelerated warfare point to the need to shift to a targeting frame of reference from a manoeuvre one. The key mechanism is to embrace targeting through the adoption of the concept of a ‘kill chain’.

By Thomas Basan


A New Approach to Collective Training - Lessons Drawn from Sport and Music

As TALISMAN SABRE 19 ramps up, this pertinent Friday Long-Read looks at the purpose of collective training.

By Thomas Basan