The future of war debate in Australia: why has there not been one? Has the need for one now arrived?

7 Aug 2012


Periodically the US military is host to a robust, heated, and sometimes painful debate on the future character of war. By contrast, the most striking thing about debate within the Australian Army is its near total absence. The Army, it appears, is unable or unwilling to debate openly about either its own future or the future of war. For an organisation that prides itself on its professionalism, this is a damning conclusion.

This LWSC Working Paper asks the question: why this the case? In doing so, it explains why it is vital that the members of the Army end their silence and begin to debate the issues that are vital to the future of the force and the nation.

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