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Book Review- The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

Author’s note: Although I am by no means the first to review Colby’s book, I have not glanced at any previous review to ensure that what follows represents my thoughts alone. Furthermore, although I look up to Colby as a mentor- he has been an invaluable asset to me- I have not spared in critiquing … Continue reading Book Review- The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

China’s Role in East Africa

The purpose of this short essay is to take a critical glance at the stance and strategy China and the United States is currently undertaking in East Africa. China is undertaking a grand strategy in Africa to incentivize economic and political cooperation and development of the developing nations throughout the continent. Using its newly acquired … Continue reading China’s Role in East Africa

Book Review: Surviving the Great War: Australian Prisoners of War on the Western Front, 1916–18

By Aaron Pegram Cambridge University Press, 2019, ISBN 9781108486194, 284pp Reviewed by Luke Holloway In November 1918 the guns in Western Europe fell silent signifying the end of four years of fighting. From 1916 to 1918 the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) had developed into an effective and efficient fighting force on the Franco-Belgian Front. The … Continue reading Book Review: Surviving the Great War: Australian Prisoners of War on the Western Front, 1916–18

#DefineStrategy. Strategy would be easy if we got rid of the humans

"Strategy is hard". Jarrod Brook This insight seems trite, but it’s best to be grounded and show a little humility before unpacking what this means. Whilst there are a variety of reasons that make the formulation of strategy difficult, friction is always present due to the fundamentally human nature of strategy. Strategy can seem exceedingly … Continue reading #DefineStrategy. Strategy would be easy if we got rid of the humans

#DEFINESTRATEGY. On Grand Strategy

In this #DefineStrategy entry, Edouard Cousins offers his thoughts on grand strategy and the bridge between military strategy and policy. “Grand strategy is the light on the horizon that provides an aiming mark for the nation, guiding it towards its best interests through turbulent seas.“Ed Cousins “A grand strategy is a purposeful and coherent set … Continue reading #DEFINESTRATEGY. On Grand Strategy

THE REGIMENTAL SERGEANT MAJOR IN PLANNING

By Warrant Officer Class One Brad Doyle, Regimental Sergeant Major Combat Training Centre. The RSM at Divisional, Brigade and Battle Group level has a number of functions and tasks. What is the function that best describes the RSM during planning? Is the role defined and do RSMs know of this role? The Manual of Army … Continue reading THE REGIMENTAL SERGEANT MAJOR IN PLANNING

#DEFINESTRATEGY. A narrative that guides

In this #DefineStrategy submission, Jarrod Brook offers his thoughts on how best to do strategy, as well as how best to articulate it. "Strategy is ultimately a narrative that guides our decision making and the execution of campaigns"Jarrod Brook Defining strategy is a very intimidating question, and I am not sure I am as steeped … Continue reading #DEFINESTRATEGY. A narrative that guides