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Podcast – The 2018 Lavarack Papers

In this podcast, part of the 2018 Lavarack Papers, a panel of junior officers discuss how their corps are evolving to best support the combined arms brigade of the future.
Historically, the Lavarack Papers have been published as a table top book containing the best essays and papers written by Officers and Warrant Officers from across the 3rd Brigade.  The theme for 2018 was ‘Combined arms in the future combat brigade’. Reflecting the changes in how our soldiers access information, the Lavarack Papers also entered the digital age last year, with multimedia submissions being considered for the first time.
Jessica Ward, a junior officer in the 3rd Combat Signals Regiment, submitted a podcast discussion conducted with her peers from units across the brigade. In the podcast, these young officers discuss their views on what their corps could look like in the year 2030 and how they envisage their corps contributing to the combined arms effect of the combat brigade. As such, it’s not only an excellent example of how professional military education can be conducted with minimal overheads, but also of how we can all contribute to the profession of arms through contributing to the debate.
The panelists were:
Trent Lamb – Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Wade Higgins – Royal Australian Artillery
Rheanna Vherlow – Royal Australian Engineers
Jacob Marshall – Royal Australian Signals Corps
Aaron Garnham – Australian Intelligence Corps
Rob Roman – Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps
Jess Ward – Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

About the presenter: Jessica Ward is a RAEME captain currently posted as an Instructor to the Royal Military College – Duntroon. Last year, Jess was the Adjutant of 3rd Command Signal Regiment, part of the 3rd Brigade. Jess has experience in command, as an instructor and on operations. In her spare time, Jess runs a blog called ‘The Junior Officer’s Book Shelf’ where she reviews command and leadership books.

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