The strategic utility of land power in an Australian context
Speakers: Professor Eliot Cohen
On Tuesday 12 August, Professor Eliot Cohen—Professor of Strategic Studies and director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)—delivered an open lecture at ASPI’s premises on the strategic utility of land power in an Australian context.
Professor Cohen canvassed the future strategic and operating environments for Australian land forces, and the challenges and opportunities they face as operations in Afghanistan wind down. He stressed the danger of structuring armed forces solely for the conflicts that seem probable at the time of decision-making. Professor Cohen emphasised that armies in particular will increasingly need the capability to rapidly generate new capabilities. He touched on key issues of importance to the strategic utility of land power including mobilisation schemes, the integration of Reserve forces and hybrid warfare.