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Conference: The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre - Program and Presentations

The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre

National Gallery of Australia

24 October 2019

Final Report

Dr Robbin Laird Final Report: Requirements for 5th Generation Manoeuvre Warfare, November 2019

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Synopsis and Program

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WGCDR Jo Brick, Australian War College

The Manoeuvrist Approach - a historical perspective

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AIRCDRE Phil Gordon, Commander Air Warfare Centre

The Changing Character of Manoeuvre

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Prof Brendan Sargeant, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Assured Access for the ADF in the Asia Pacific

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Michael Shoebridge, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Implications for Force Design

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RADM Lee Goddard CSC, RAN, Commander Maritime Border Command

Achieving multi-agency situational understanding

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Richard Czumak, Lockheed Martin Australia

Multi-Domain Command and Control and the Role of Autonomy

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AIRCDRE Leon Phillips, OAM, Chief Information Officer Group

Network requirements for Fifth Generation Manoeuvre

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AIRMSHL Mel Hupfeld AO DSC, Chief of Air Force

Fifth Generation Command and Control

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BRIG Ian Langford DSC and Bars, Head Land Capability

Land Forces in 5th Generation Manoeuvre

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Hugh Webster, Boeing Defence Australia

Next-Gen integrated force: what’s really stopping us?

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MAJGEN Tony Fraser AO, CSC (Retd), Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Establishing the Defence and Industry Partnerships for Fifth Generation Manoeuvre

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AVM Chris Deeble AO, CSC (Retd), Northrop Grumman

Industry perspective

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Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminars have focused on building an integrated fifth generation force. Recent seminars have evolved from the acquisition of new platforms to the process of shaping and better understanding the environment in which that integrated force will prepare and operate. In doing so they have, among other things, highlighted the challenges of making the strategic shift from counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to higher tempo and higher intensity Joint operations involving peer competitors.

Within this context, the 2019/20 seminars will further develop the ideas associated with an increasingly sophisticated approach to Joint warfighting and power projection as we face increasing pressure to maintain influence and a capability edge in the region. In doing so, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation will continue to look at the evolution of the Australian Defence Force from the perspective of the sovereign lens and setting the conditions for future success.

The seminar in October 2019 is titled ‘The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre’ and will examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force must equip and organise for multi-domain operations.

In April 2020, we will expand on the theme and focus on ‘Preparedness for Fifth Generation Manoeuvre’. This seminar will explore the readiness, training and sustainment activities necessary to prepare for a broad range of possible contingencies in support of national security objectives, which might involve acting independently in the broader region.

Seminar Outline

Building upon the existing foundations of Australian Defence Force manoeuvre capability, the aim of the October seminar is to explore the differences in character and attributes of fifth generation manoeuvre and identify potential gaps in the way we must think, equip and organise to meet emerging national security outcomes.

The seminar will consider manoeuvre from a historical perspective and evolve the concept to the emerging policy and requirements of contemporary operations, especially as they relate to power projection and the emergence of the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain in its own right.

It will examine how we sense, make sense, and decide within the emerging operational environment and highlight the increasingly sophisticated and integrated relationship between the human and technology and the trusted autonomous systems which will characterise fifth generation operations.

The seminar will further examine the enduring requirement for situational awareness as a prerequisite for operational success, and the challenges of developing a broader understanding of the environment and communicating command intent to enable manoeuvre, especially when the electromagnetic spectrum is both contested and congested. Multi-domain command and control will be a critical enabler for fifth generation manoeuvre with communication and network resilience a fundamental consideration in force design and employment.

The seminar will also highlight the ongoing need to inculcate a fifth generation mindset into combat support and combat service support functions to better exploit the advantages of greater access and movement of information as well as the traditional physical enablers of manoeuvre. It will consider the role of critical infrastructure and geography and the opportunities and risks associated with the Australian operating environment.

The Sir Richard Williams Foundation has identified pre-eminent speakers from across the Australian and international defence communities, as well as inviting industry representatives to reflect the integral role they will play in the national framework of future operational capability.


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