Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

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.

Command Post

Tactical Spurs Part 2: Finding the Reward in Risk

Army Risk Management theory has the tools to exploit tactical risk, but this article argues Army does not use them as effectively as it could.

By Tom McDermott

Break In

Tactical Spurs Part One: Making Plans to Fight Battles

Former director of the Cove, Tom McDermott give us some insight into what he has learnt about battle planning.

By Tom McDermott

Break In

We Need to Talk About Marine A

This article via the University of New South Wales, author Tom McDermott discusses the Case of John Blackman (Marine A). He not only provides a case study, but also a number of legal, tactical and cultural questions for you and your colleagues to discuss and consider.  

By Tom McDermott


US Marine Corps Unit PME Resource Hub

A link to resources for individual, sub-unit and unit PME.

By Tom McDermott

Unit PME

Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor Recipient, Battle of Wanat

In this lnk to a 'Modern War' Institute podcast with SSgt Ryan Pitt, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Wanat.

By Tom McDermott