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Tactical and Technical

Land Engineers are Underutilised in the Australian Army

James Maclean believes the role of Land Engineers in Army is poorly defined and misunderstood. What do you think of his recommendations for their effective employment?

Tactical and Technical

The Future of UAS Maintenance

Stephen Wardrop thinks that UAS maintenance may become an issue in the future, so he gives us some possible solutions.

Tactical and Technical

Looking around: The future of the Army Reserves

Dustin Gold has been working with the District of Columbia National Guard in the US, and he thinks we can learn a few things about how we employ Army Reservists from them.

Tactical and Technical

Light Cavalry in the RAAC: A marriage between regular and reserve

In this Friday 'long read' Eamon Hale takes a look at what adopting light cavalry in the RAAC may bring to the ADF.


Future Operating Environment

Australian Land Force's Vulnerability to Drone Warfare

"...the emerging threat hovers over our capability gap, waiting to fill the niche and take advantage of the opportunity we readily present to them." James Harvey paints a vivid and worrisome picture...

War

Review of Restrepo

An insightful piece by Jack Randall on his deductions from the movie and how they relate to war throughout the ages.

War

Why We Write

Everyone in the profession of arms has something they can give back. As L. Burton Brender explains in this Small Wars Journal article, all they have to do is sit down and start writing.

War

Voices of War Podcast - The Situation in Afghanistan

The first in a collection of podcasts produced by a member of our Army, CAPT Vedran 'Maz' Maslic, speaks with a range of people affected by conflict, "to bring to life the true costs of war, through...


Strategy

Wen bai yupela kam bek gen? – Increasing the ADF’s permanent presence in Papua New Guinea

In this article Phillip Hermes looks at the past efforts of 12 CE Works to articulate the need for the ADF to increase its permanent presence in Papua New Guinea.

Strategy

Link | Canadian Armed Forces: A New Vision for the Reserves | Canadian Military Journal

Over the past few months we have had some good discussion about the future and role of the Army reserve, this article is from the Canadian Armed Forces point of view.

Strategy

Link | Ten questionable assumptions about future war in the Indo-Pacific | AJDSS

Are all the assumptions about future war in the Indo-Pacific even close to the mark?

Strategy

Link | Strategic Assessment for Quarter 2 I Australian Army Research Centre

The AARC Quarterly Strategic Assessment highlights key trends and challenges to the Army in order to inform force design, structure and posture decisions.


Intros

The Cove: A Smarter You = A Smarter Army

A 4 min video on why and how you can invest in your #IntellectualEdge.

Intros

A New Year.....

Welcome to 2021 from The Cove.

Intros

ACSC (A-Z Guide): A Student's Perspective

This unofficial guide to Australian Command and Staff College is an excellent tool for prospective students.

Intros

'Breaking In' to Amphibious Operations

An introduction into Amphibious Operations that brings you some of the best content available on the subject.


Operational Art

Gaining advantage on the battle field: Building a credible deception

History has shown that deception can turn the tide of battle; however, it needs to be planned and fully supported.

Operational Art

Stranded Capability? The value of the Army Reserve Asset in 2020

Is the Army Reserve of today fit for purpose? In this article Mike Kalms looks at the value of the Army Reserve asset in 2020.

Operational Art

The future ain’t what it used to be | The Interpreter

This week's link on the difficulties of future planning is from The Interpreter, the website of the Lowy Institute - an independent, non-partisan think-tank based in Sydney.

Operational Art

The Thinking Combat Brigade: A Dominant and Prestigious Force

In today's article, Callum Muntz asks what if the frames of reference we all possess - imposed on us from our similar training, experiences, and culture - could be hindering our ability to make the...


Leadership & Ethics

Cranlana Webinar #1: Ethical Decision Making

The Cove is pleased to share the first recording of the webinar series produced by the CAAL and the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Leadership & Ethics

Centre for Army Leadership Podcast (UK) - Eddie Jones

This podcast is from the British Centre for Army Leadership who were fortunate enough to sit down and talk with the infamous Eddie Jones.

Leadership & Ethics

Messxit 2021! Is it time to devolve mess membership to the unit level?

Something has to change to reinvigorate the mess culture back to the 'Golden Age' of the Army Mess. Maybe James Kingham has the answer? It's worth a shot!

Leadership & Ethics

The Forgotten Culture

Matteo Pesce provides insight as to how our Army in Motion can bring back the collective culture to the Mess.


Tactical and Technical

Expansion of the Army Reserve

This article features some big ideas about how the Army Reserve could get ready for conflicts of the future.

By Iain Adams

Operational Art

An Entrenched Culture - Part One: What the Army could learn from the Emergency Services

This article posits that entrenched Army culture holds it back from being as effective as it could be in domestic operations, drawing on examples and lessons from Operation NSW FLOOD ASSIST 2021.

By Kathleen Pisani

Operational Art

The Need to be Smarter on Domestic Operations

The ADF has been increasingly called on to support domestic operations, this article provides some detail and suggests ways that support could potentially be improved.

By Chris Linney

War

Voices of War Podcast - The Situation in Afghanistan

The first in a collection of podcasts produced by a member of our Army, CAPT Vedran 'Maz' Maslic, speaks with a range of people affected by conflict, "to bring to life the true costs of war, through...

By Vedran Maslic

Leadership & Ethics

Hormones and Teamwork: Why Military Leaders Eat Last

Bryn Smith gives delivers an overview on how hormones affect team dynamics and thus the cohesion and effectiveness of Army units.

By Bryn Smith

Leadership & Ethics

2021 Cove Competition: Reflections on Learning to Lead

The 2021 Cove Writing Competition has begun and runs through the month of September. We're calling for 500 - 1000 word articles on the topic of 'Reflections on Learning to Lead'.

By The Cove

Strategy

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

Intros

The Cove: A Smarter You = A Smarter Army

A 4 min video on why and how you can invest in your #IntellectualEdge.

By The Cove

Tactical and Technical

Understanding the Operational Landscape: The Pros and Cons of Mapping Terror Groups

Understanding the use of mapping and its utility in informing the battlespace.

By Lewis Benbow

Leadership & Ethics

Cranlana Ethical Leadership Webinar Series Part 3: Ethical Grey Zones

In this collaboration Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership teams up with our own Centre for Australian Army Leadership to produce this webinar on 'Ethical Blindspots'.

By The Cove

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