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Army May 12, 2011
Adapt and conquer
By Maj Andrew Dixon
THE PAST decade of operations has
shown how the Army's modern war-
fare roles are changing. To be suc-
cessful, the Army can no longer rely
only on being able to wage conven-
tional combat operations -- it needs
to master a wider range of skills and
Recognising that creating peace
rather than destroying the enemy
is the ultimate goal of a military
operation, the Army's approach to
modern-day operations, described
as adaptive campaigning, combines
warfighting and nation-building into
the overall strategic plan.
Modern and future battle is less
likely to involve two formed armies
confronting each other; instead we
are increasingly shifting our focus
to population-centric actions (PCA)
which gain and maintain the sup-
port of local communities and enable
those communities to conduct affairs
of government and be secure.
To achieve this effectively with-
in the complex environment that
is modern warfare, interaction and
working closely with civilian organi-
sations is the key. This is why the
Army is continuing to work on civil-
Selected Army members from
throughout Australia took part in the
Civil-Military Interaction Workshop
held in March at the Australian
Emergency Management Institute at
Mt Macedon, Victoria.
Workshop participants heard
about developing responsibility-to-
protect (R2P) concepts from interna-
tional civil and military practitioners,
as well as prominent academics.
Lt-Col David Collins, HQ
Forcomd Health Projects, attended
the Mt Macedon workshop.
"The R2P concepts mesh well
with Army's adaptive campaigning
and population-centric concepts,"
Lt-Col Collins said.
Through the adaptive campaign-
ing training-needs analysis, the Army
is committed to defining what doc-
trine is required to conduct PCA
operations and incorporate PCA into
individual and collective training.
Lt-Col Collins said the Army
seemed to be ahead of the curve in the
practical development of population
protection and support.
"The R2P concepts are gaining
pace in the area of international law
and we need to ensure we integrate
these concepts into not only our law
of armed conflict training, but also
our operational doctrine and collective
training," he said.
He said Forcomd recognised the
importance of all soldiers having an
understanding of PCA and, through
adaptive campaigning, was committed
to creating opportunities for Army per-
sonnel and other government depart-
ments to train together.
The training will help Army mem-
bers become leaders in building a
working relationship with their gov-
This is the first in a series of stories on adap-
tive campaigning Army will run during the
coming months in the training section.
Beyond the battle: Current operational experience shows modern conflicts are won in the hearts and minds of the population, not on the battlefield.
Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram
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