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Army December 9, 2010
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
IN THE opening address of his biennial
exercise, CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said
this year's theme "Current Operations;
Adaptive Responses to Complex
Environments" resonated across all armies.
"Each [army] has its distinctive
approach to addressing what it perceives
as its key issues and challenges," Lt-Gen
The exercise covered complex operat-
ing environments, now a permanent fea-
ture of training and operations for forces
deploying to Afghanistan.
"In contemporary conflicts, we are wit-
nessing the ever-increasing compression of
time; the battlefield is more cluttered with
state and non-state actors vying for influ-
ence; and the battlespace itself is becom-
ing ever more disaggregated," Lt-Gen
"Our soldiers support the delivery of
humanitarian assistance, convene shuras,
and undertake training of local security
forces, clear compounds and wadis, almost
simultaneously in close proximity [to each
More than 75 senior army leaders
from 15 countries attended the exercise in
Brisbane in the period November 15-16,
including keynote speaker Vice Chief of
Staff (VCOFS) of the US Army Gen Peter
Gen Peter Chiarelli spent his 38-year
career as a commander in Iraq, the senior
military assistant to the US Secretary of
Defense and now as the VCOFS US Army.
He said he had experienced warfare and
his Army from many unique perspectives.
"To win this war [in Afghanistan]
and in future wars we must gain the trust
and confidence of the local people," Gen
"More specifically, we must help the
local government gain the trust and confi-
dence of their people."
Lt-Gen Gillespie said whatever mis-
sions Australia's Army would be involved
in, the extent to which soldiers success-
fully adapted would be based around the
foundation of core skills.
"They must be broad enough to allow
commanders to prepare for operations any-
where across the spectrum of conflict, at
the same time kept relevant to the needs
of the current Army through a rigorous
validation against current and likely opera-
tions," he said.
"To achieve this, only a balanced force
with an adaptive culture can meet these
Top discussions: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
(above) opens the 2010 Chief of Army
Exercise in Brisbane, while Vice Chief of Staff
US Army Gen Peter W. Chiarelli delivers an
address on "Transforming an Army in an Era
of Persistent Conflict".
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