Landforce 2010 : some implications of technology for ADF future land force doctrine, leadership and structures

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David W. Beveridge

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Policy paper

Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 95

This monograph examines new developments in military technology of significance to Australia, then considers their implications for ADF land force doctrine and leadership, and combat force structures. Technological developments likely to lead to significant changes in land force future capabilities are examined against a speculative scenario making effective use of technology. Significant trends are identified, including the lethality of current and projected weapon systems, increased battlefield mobility and fluidity, and the potential for a fourth generation in warfare; promoting a doctrinal need for dispersed operations and 'directive control' as an operating norm. The demands of such operations under Australian conditions are seen to require increased combat soldier competence and leader ability, suggesting a need to restructure the present officer/NCO hierarchy and develop a less conventional land force.

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