Australian Army meets in a strategic context of Accelerated Warfare


The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, officially opened on Monday the inaugural Chief of Army Symposium (CAS) at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland.

The Chief of Army Symposium 2021, from 19 to 20 April, brings together Defence, international partners, science and technology, and industry.

Regional partnerships, emerging technology, in particular robotics and autonomous systems and quantum technology, and leadership will be the focus of the Symposium.

In his opening address, Lieutenant General Rick Burr stated, “We need to learn from each other to keep up. Technology, the environment and demographics are interacting with changes in the behaviour of states and groups. These changes are accelerating and armies must be ready to operate across the spectrum of cooperation, competition and conflict, in all domains, up close and at distance. This environment is what our Army calls Accelerated Warfare. In Accelerated Warfare we know our Army will be expected to be more responsive, and do more things in more places, more of the time, and always as part of the Joint force.

In conclusion, he said, “We don’t know what the future holds. The challenges will always be present, the solution will always be different. What doesn’t change is the importance of people in those solutions. Whether on operations or making capability decisions here in Australia, our success will depend on teams that are well led and who are accountable for what they do. With them, anything is possible and we can be confident about Army’s future.”


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