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.

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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.

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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.

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This is Part I of our interview with LT COL Harry Smith, the OC of Delta Coy / 6 RAR at the Battle of Long Tan. This episode has Harry discussing his career at 2 Commando Company and his training philosophy. We’ve also interviewed Dave Sabben about the Battle of Long Tan. Check out the […]

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We continue to look at the genesis of Royal Navy Mission Command with Lord Horatio Nelson.  The Battle of Cape St Vincent is his first famous disobediences, using his understanding of the situation, specific the view he has of how the battle is unfolding at the rear of the line and disobeys orders in order […]

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This is Part II of our look at Lord Horatio Nelson and the practice of Mission Command.  Check out episode 1 of our Nelson and Mission Command series. Check out the Part III of our Nelson and Mission Command series for the battle maps that illustrate just how he manoeuvred HMS Captain. The Battle of […]

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Lord Horatio Nelson’s command philosophy had many elements of Mission Command – we look for lessons for Leaders about how he lead his men and how it helped him generate the victories that he won.

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What was the detailed appreciation undertaken by the Australian Army that led to the formation of the Independent Companies and the birth of Australian Special Forces. What roles were they expected to undertake? How were they selected and how was the training program developed?

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