This week I have co-organised a Staff-Ride for a course on land operations and tactics for the Higher Command and Staff Program at the Swedish Defence University together with Lieutenant Colonel Per Lindahl, Head of the Land Operations Division. It was a very successful trip where we used five different themes – Offensive/Defensive, Division/Command, Technology, tactics, and Logistics – as a starting point for discussions and seminars at various themed terrain locations.
We also spent a day studying and reflecting on the consequences of the profession, leadership, courage and symbolic values during a visit to Verdun.
Today I was participating in a panel on Ukraine as part of our Strategic Leadership Development education (“Strategisk Chefsutveckling (SCU)”). I spoke on the Urban Warfare dimension, sharing some of the findings of a forthcoming book chapter in a forthcoming edited volume on Advanced Land Warfare: Tactics and Operations (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) that I am editing together with Assoc. Prof. Niklas Nilsson.
My college Niklas Nilsson, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in War Studies and my co-convenor of the Hybrid Warfare Research Group (HWRG) and the Land Warfare Research Group (LWRG) will talk on Ukraine in a live webinar moderated by the Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish Defence Robert Egnell on Perspectives on the war in Ukraine.
Attending the Finish National Defence University’s Russia seminar 2022. The seminar discusses Russian military policy and the research development in that field. The main theme of the seminar will be ”Russian Concept of War and Operation, Management, and Use of Military Power – Conceptual Change”.
Together with two of my colleges I conducted scouting and planning for a forthcoming staff-ride/field exercise in the Netherlands and Germany. the focus is on tactics and pedagogics, using Operation Market Garden and Operation Veritable as objects of study.
It was a very successful trip, creating insights essential before conducting the sharp exercise in November (hint: the overpass is being developed creating a radically new approach) as well as a lot of new pedagogical ideas that we will develop further.
Today I and Dr Niklas Nilsson received a Research Initiation grant (F20-0119) from the RJ Foundation for developing an International Network in War Studies for Research on Land Operations and Tactics.
International politics has become ever more volatile over the last decade, increasing the risk of large-scale military violence. Yet the precise character of future wars will depend on a range of factors that relate to adversaries, allies, technology, geographical scope and multiple domains of warfare. Few would question the fact that land forces will continue to be important in the foreseeable future. However, given that the battlefield is in a state of transformation, so is the mission, purpose and utilisation of land forces. Indeed, serious questions are being asked about the future conduct of land warfare in the face of major, complex challenges and security threats.
The proposed research initiation will zero in on the evolving role of land forces, focusing particularly on the changes that have taken place in the art of commanding and executing combat and on the role of rapid technological innovation and information dissemination in shaping warfare. Furthermore, it is pertinent to revisit the established military theory and thinking (some of it neglected in recent years) with lessons learned from contemporary land warfare.
The initiative will bring together world-leading international researchers on land warfare from across Europe, the US, and beyond. The project will centre around two workshops and exchanges of visiting researchers, exploring a number of key issues from a thematic and an empirical perspective.
I dagarna kom en volym med 25 essäer på temat ledning av markoperationer skrivna av officerare på högre officersprogrammet från tryckeriet. Dessa essäer är skrivna av de officerare som deltog
på Högre Officersprogrammets (HOP) valbara kurs ”Ledning av markoperationer” under vårterminen 2020.
New article co-authored with Elin Norrman on Military Strategic Communication at the Tactical Level in Counterinsurgency Operations focusing on Sweden in Afghanistan. The article investigates the implementation of strategic communication at the lower segment of the military hierarchy in counter-insurgency (COIN) operations. It focuses primarily on the experiences of communicating strategically at the tactical level in manoeuvre forces, using Sweden in Afghanistan as a case study.
It is found that the tactical level often distances itself from the communicator tasks, arguing that this belongs to other units or personnel. However, the tactical level also pinpoints the vital role they play in shaping attitudes and beliefs in the area of operations. The results thus indicate a type of cognitive split in the perception of the communicator role among the manoeuvre forces.
Furthermore, the study reveals several obstacles in effectively executing strategic communication in the military domain. The most prominent areas are contradictions in messages due to force-protection measures and lack of synchronization.
Participated in the Virtual ISMS Annual Conference 2020 hosted by the Finnish National Defence University (FNDU). I presented a paper on the role of the military in the grey-zone at the War Studies in the WG1 session chaired by Marzena Zakowska (War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland) and Eryk Habowski (Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and NATO VA Academy at War Studies University, Poland).
Today one of our PhD Candidates in War Studies, LtCol Anders Ekholm, presented a paper on “Re-thinking operational depth” at the Land Warfare Research Group’s (LWRG) seminar. Dr Markus Görannson provided comments.
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