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Contemporary Operating Environment

Artillery illuminating ammunition: Tactically useful or a roman candle?

Noting that illuminating artillery rounds are more expensive, is this a capability the Royal Australian Artillery should maintain in the era of advanced night fighting equipment?

Contemporary Operating Environment

Model of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper at announcement of its selection at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
‘Kill the enemy, and don’t forget to buy milk on the way home’ - Preparing for the ethical challenges of remote operations in the ‘Forever Wars’

Our modern 'Forever Wars' and the increased use of remotely piloted aircraft combine to create a unique psychological impact on operators. This article examines these effects and what needs to be...

Contemporary Operating Environment

Op COVID-19 Assist - Lessons learnt from JTG 629.2

Lessons Learnt - the value of a lesson is more powerful when shared, understood and applied by many. Reflecting on Op COVID-19 Assist, this article identifies some things worth remembering when...

Contemporary Operating Environment

Multi-Domain Operations – 16 REGT RAA PME Session

Adam Other-Gee writes about some PME that 16th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery conducted this year about Multi-Domain Operations.


Future Operating Environment

Anti-Access and Area Denial in the Space Domain (Part 2)

Edwin Betar continues his discussion on the principles of Anti-Access and Area Denial as it relates to the Space domain, this time focusing on Area Denial.

Future Operating Environment

An artistic representation of AI. A blue human head containing circuits, on a star-filled background.
Drone Wars, AI and the Future of Unmanned Battlefield Systems

Contemplating on the future of unmanned battlefield systems and AI, this article takes a critical look at how Western militaries may be failing to keep up with how these technologies are changing and...

Future Operating Environment

A satellite in space.
Anti-Access and Area Denial in the Space Domain (Part 1)

Edwin Betar discusses the principle of Anti-Access as it relates to the Space domain. A subject that includes not only military intervention, but also potential denial of orbits by commercial...

Future Operating Environment

Army's Hybrid Threat (Part Three): Knowing Your Enemy

A timely reminder that whilst Australia enjoys extended peacetime on our shores, the Army needs to consider frames for reality to ensure we are not 'training blind.'


Innovation and Adaptation

The Four Cs Part 2: Multi-National and Multi-Agency Intelligence in a COVID-19 Environment

A summary of the annual United States Army Central Virtual Land Forces Intelligence Conference (VLFIC), which aims to enhance relationships, share intelligence, and discuss security with land force...

Innovation and Adaptation

How Emerging Technologies Challenge Land Forces’ Component’s Operational Capabilities

This article explores four domains of military concern that have emerged from recent technological development: the Internet of Things, Information Technology Security, Artificial Intelligence, and...

Innovation and Adaptation

Powering Defence Force capability: the case for military micro-grids

Defence base energy grids are just as vulnerable as the community to the effects of extreme weather events or malign actors. This team of students from Southern Cross University think they have the...

Innovation and Adaptation

Call for Articles Theme 2: STEM - Future Warfare Technologies

In 2021, The Cove is delivering content in concentrated themes to align with Army's Professional Learning Clusters and broader Army activities. Right now, we're calling for articles on our second...


Innovation and Adaptation

Army's Quantum Camouflage Challenge 2021

Register your interest by 22 October 2021 to be part of the Army's Quantum Challenge 2021.

By The Cove

Contemporary Operating Environment

Artillery illuminating ammunition: Tactically useful or a roman candle?

Noting that illuminating artillery rounds are more expensive, is this a capability the Royal Australian Artillery should maintain in the era of advanced night fighting equipment?

By Simon Hunter and Kevin Pamenter

Contemporary Operating Environment

Accelerating Land Based Fires

Has the ADF been seduced by the availability of non-organic close air support in recent 'wars of choice' where the luxury of air superiority is assured? As a result have we lost sight of the...

By Benjamin Gray

Innovation and Adaptation

What Going To The Moon Can Teach Us

This article explains how humanity going to the moon again will drive development of technology useful to the Australian Defence Force.

By Edwin Betar

Contemporary Operating Environment

Off Time, Off Target: Addressing the Structure of the RAA (OS) Officer Career Courses

This article, first published in The Royal Australian Artillery Liaison Letter journal, focuses on how officer training may need to evolve to align with current employment demands.

By Benjamin May and Daniel Gillam

Innovation and Adaptation

The Four Cs Part 2: Multi-National and Multi-Agency Intelligence in a COVID-19 Environment

A summary of the annual United States Army Central Virtual Land Forces Intelligence Conference (VLFIC), which aims to enhance relationships, share intelligence, and discuss security with land force...

By Chris Field

Future Operating Environment

Anti-Access and Area Denial in the Space Domain (Part 2)

Edwin Betar continues his discussion on the principles of Anti-Access and Area Denial as it relates to the Space domain, this time focusing on Area Denial.

By Edwin Betar

Innovation and Adaptation

How Emerging Technologies Challenge Land Forces’ Component’s Operational Capabilities

This article explores four domains of military concern that have emerged from recent technological development: the Internet of Things, Information Technology Security, Artificial Intelligence, and...

By Anant Mishra

Future Operating Environment

Sometime In The Future

Through its short story told from the perspective of a vehicle commander, this article refocuses the discussion of the future battlefield away from the technology itself somewhat to explore what it...

By Luke Hagerty

Future Operating Environment

Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre

Did you know that Defence has a Cooperative Research Centre that helps to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industry? See what they are working on and also...

By The Cove

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