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Army December 8, 2011
By Maj Andrew Dixon
GOING by past experience, sol-
diers can expect to provide disas-
ter relief at home and abroad for
many years to come.
Adaptive campaigning's five
lines of operation -- joint land com-
bat, population protection, informa-
tion actions, population support and
indigenous capacity building -- pro-
vide a pathway to help soldiers tran-
sition from conventional warfighting
through to humanitarian missions
and disaster relief.
At this year's Civil Military
Interaction Seminar, the co-director
of the Brookings-LSE Project on
Internal Displacement, Elizabeth
Ferris, said the need for civil military
cooperation was likely to grow.
"If we were to look at the big pic-
ture in relation to natural disasters of
the future, we know there is likely to
be an increase in intensity and sever-
ity of climate-related sudden-onset
natural disasters," she said.
"This will bring on increasing
vulnerability due to urbanisation and
mega trends of population growth."
Over the past 10 years, natural
disasters have affected more than
2.4 billion people worldwide -- the
equivalent of one-third of the earth's
population. Disasters have wrought
more than $910 billion in damages
-- equivalent to about 16 per cent of
The Army has provided count-
less soldiers who are able to provide
professional support to relief opera-
tions in our region due to training
in population-centric actions includ-
ing population support, population
protection and indigenous capacity
In recent years 11, 8 and 4 Bdes
have come together to share lessons
learnt to prepare their soldiers for
deployment roles in East Timor.
Timor-Leste Task Group 3
deployed with 169 personnel and
through planning received cultural
training to communicate effectively
with, and work alongside, a wide
range of military and civilian sup-
The Army's non-corps promo-
tional training centre has changed the
organisation's culture from telling
soldiers what to think to showing
them how to think.
Army's future leaders are asked
to do a difficult job in physically and
mentally demanding situations. This
is relevant for the future if Army is
to increase its role in conflicts and
natural disasters within the immedi-
WO and NCO Academy CO
Lt-Col Anthony Duus said all the
centre's courses were designed to
push future leaders to think through
"We are about teaching people
to think -- it is not what they have to
think about but the process of think-
ing."Corps schools are building train-
ing around adaptive campaigning.
There is now a trend of trainers and
trainees sharing their experiences.
Corps training developers are cap-
turing the experiences and enhancing
the learning environment, providing
strong examples of how their corps
support the Army's mission.
Adaptive campaigning still
requires a capable, professional army
able to deliver land combat capabil-
ity from a foundation built on tradi-
tional skill and knowledge bases. In
this sense "being good at the basics"
remains fundamental to the way the
Army trains and educates.
Adaptive campaigning offers an
opportunity for the Army to embrace
a concept with which it can build its
operational capability to new levels
ops to continue
Experience: Soldiers with more training and experience in population-centric
operations, such as disaster relief, will more easily transition from conventional
warfighting to humanitarian missions.
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
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