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Army August 16, 2012
IF THERE'S a lesson to be
learnt on operations the
Adaptive Warfare Team
(AWT) finds it and passes it
on to the next troops in line to
Lesson collection teams from
HQ 1 Div's Adaptive Warfare
Branch deploy regularly to inter-
view troops on Op Anode and Op
Astute, and the branch maintains a
permanent posture in Afghanistan.
An AWT at the tactical epicen-
tre of the MEAO has direct links
to coalition partners to learn from
other forces' experiences as well.
WO2 Kel Haley says his team
draws up tactical lessons to pro-
vide the "rounds on the ground"
for follow-on forces.
"These help them prepare with
the knowledge from the most up-
to-date operational experiences,
techniques, tactics and proce-
dures, and also standard operating
procedures," WO2 Haley said.
"The team identifies units that
are approximately a third of the
way through their deployments,
generally around the eight-to-10-
week mark, before conducting les-
son collection activities.
"The unit provides the team
with vital information which is
fed back via the branch and to
all units in the force preparation
cycle of pre-deployment."
Collecting information through
individual or collective observa-
tions, team members identify les-
sons from a given observation and
Upon return to Australia, units
can expect to be approached by
the AWB for more information
collection after decompression
and leave has been completed.
As these operational insights
and lessons are the most current
available, all ADF units over the
entire operational deployment are
encouraged to access the Adaptive
Warfare Branch webpage.
The branch has short lessons
covering current major ADF oper-
ations on its SharePoint site. This
site allows the reader to access
various lesson products, deploy-
ment handbooks and handbooks of
all post-operational interviews as
well as other operational product.
Access the Adaptive Warfare Branch
webpage from the HQ 1 Div site on the
Intranet at http://intranet.defence.gov.
Adaptive warfare teams gather the
latest knowledge from the battlefield
and deliver it to the classroom,
Cpl Hamish Paterson reports.
Lessons from the front
Gathering information: WO2 Kel Haley, of the Adaptive Warfare Team in Tarin Kot, listens to soldiers from the 3RAR
Task Group share their experiences and concerns during a group discussion.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
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