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On behalf of the Australian Defence College, the Centre for Defence Research (CDR) conducts Profession of Arms Seminars throughout the year as part of its Joint Professional Military Education continuum. Seminars are open to interested ADF officers, Defence civilians, inter-agency personnel and selected regional partners and are an opportunity to learn from experts in the profession of arms from Australia and overseas.

Conventional Deterrence in the Australian Context – 1 June, 2022

Registration period extended to 1700 (AEST) 20 May 2022

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update makes clear that the three strategic objectives for defence planning are:

  • shape Australia’s strategic environment;
  • deter actions against Australia’s interests and;
  • respond with credible military force, when required.

The study of conventional deterrence in the Australian context is an area rich for debate and discussion. Therefore this Profession of Arms Seminar be examining the topic through the lens of great power competition, new technologies, and Australia’s role in deterrent challenges in our region and beyond.  As a result, we will address the key issue: what would Australian deterrence look like within the contemporary and future environment of great power competition?

Keynote Presentation: Conventional deterrence: understanding the past, present and future of a concept

Panel 1: Conventional deterrence under Great Power Competition
  • The United States, great power competition and the return of conventional deterrence
  • Conventional deterrence and great power competition: The View from China
  • Conventional deterrence and great power competition: The View from Russia
Panel 2: Deterrence and new technologies
  • Deterrence in the cyber domain: Silver Bullet or Chimera?
  • Hypersonic missiles, deterrence and the offense-defense balance
Panel 3: Conventional deterrence: matching capabilities to challenges
  • Conventional deterrence challenges in Australia’s maritime domain
  • Defence’s role within Australian deterrence: A Whole of Australian Government perspective
  • Conventional deterrence in Australian Strategy: lessons for an era of great power competition?

A copy of the full program is available here

Registrations to participate online via Zoom or in-person are to be submitted to no later than 1700 (AEST) 20 May 2022. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. Please include the following information:

  • Preference to attend in-person or remotely (online)
  • Full name
  • Rank / Title
  • Position
  • Organisation / Service / Group
  • Contact details (email and phone number)
  • Any dietary requirements (in-person attendance only)

Successful registrations will be advised via email detailing location of the venue, dress requirements and any other administrative arrangements. Catering will be provided during the seminar, however, travel and accommodation is at the individual's parent unit expense.

Upcoming Profession of Arms seminars

Topic TBC – 15 October, 2022

Past Seminars

Civil-Military Relations in Australia: Past, Present and Future - 30 June, 2021

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