Professional Military Education | The Principles of War Podcast

Episode One: The most Manouevrist Campaign the Australian Army has ever fought.

We look at how the Principles of War podcast is going to work, what we want to do and how we are going to do it. We discuss how terrain plays a part in the outcomes of battles and we will be looking at leadership.

Episode Two: The Japanese and Allied Centres of Gravity for the Malaya Campaign

The Centre of Gravity is that characteristic, capability or locality from which a force, nation or alliance derives its freedom of action, strength or will to fight. For the British, the CoG was the Singapore Naval Base.  It was the fundamental part of the defence of the whole of South East Asia.

Centre of Gravity Analysis with COL Dale Eikmeier

We talk to COL Dale Eikmeier about the Ends, Ways and Means methodology for determining the Center of Gravity.

Professional Military Education

Learn the lessons of doctrine, leadership, strategy and tactics by breaking down the great battles of history and studying them through the principles of war.

Read more

 

Professional Military Education with 30 minute podcasts.

We look at military history through the lens of the principles of war and current doctrine to better understanding tactics and strategy, terrain and leadership.

Read more


How were the innovative tactics for maritime strike developed in the SPWA by GEN Kenney? This podcast episodes discusses the evolution of maritime strike tactics that were to be used in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Pattern bombing wouldn’t work for Kenney,  because there was often clouds down to 2,000 feet, and the lack […]

Episode notes and transcript


This podcast discusses how GEN Kenney created a culture of military innovation in the US Fifth Air Force leading up to the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. This is the third part of our Battle of the Bismarck Sea Podcast series. We look at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea and GEN Kenney as an […]

Episode notes and transcript


How did GEN Kenney create a culture of military innovation and creativity in the SWPA? The SWPA was a third priority for resources for the Allies, who had adopted a Germany first approach.  In the East, GEN MacArthur found himself in competition with ADM Nimitz for resources and to be the strategic priority. You fight […]

Episode notes and transcript


We start our Joint Professional Military Education campaigning with the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a land battle, fought at sea and won in the air. 1st March 1943 a convoy left Rabaul.  This was the Japanese Operation 81. Battle of the Bismarck Sea Centre of Gravity Analysis We conduct a quick assessment of the […]

Episode notes and transcript


Was Leadership and Morale the critical difference between that Japanese and the Australians troops that fought on top of Palliers Hill. With such difficult terrain and being outnumbered, how could Palliers Hill have been a victory for 9 Platoon from the 2/14th? We finish our look at the Considerations for the Defence of Palliers Hill […]

Episode notes and transcript