Professional Military Education Conference (PME) 4 – 6 December 2018

23 November 2018 / Categories: DA News and Events

Event date: 23/11/2018 10:30 - 10/12/2018 00:00 Export event

The Defence Academy is hosting a Professional Military Education (PME) conference, PME: Reimagining the Future?

The main aim of this conference is to develop an understanding between international PME institutions and to establish a better informed, focussed and collaborative network of practitioners and strategic thinkers to share ideas; the conference will also offer updates on research and understanding around PME.

Throughout the conference the main focus will centre on evidence, good practice case studies, lessons identified and in particular questions around:

1. The purpose and focus of PME 

2. How PME can best be delivered 

3. How best to develop, recognise and reward staff involved in the development and delivery of PME and 

4. How best to develop and exploit physical and online infrastructures and utilise Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

The emphasis will be on how best to deliver PME in a demanding geo-strategic and challenging resource context. 

Anyone interested in the output or joining the community of interest please make contact for further information  

Related documents:

Global Strategic Trends. Written by the UK Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), this is a comprehensive look at the strategic context for defence and security looking out to the middle of the century.  Latest version launched 15 Oct 18.

At The Tipping Point This paper summarizes a range of detailed guidance by U.S. military services, other security agencies and coalition partners on how to evolve their learning and development processes. It recommends a range of collective actions that may yield meaningful returns in the short- to mid-term.  Published at I/ITSEC in 2017.

Evolving an Intellectual edge. This paper by the Australian Army provides insights into their view of the changing character of war and defines their strategy for PME. It includes indicative metrics of success and failure.

US Military Education Coordination Council (MECC) 2018 This website provides links to a range of papers and briefings on key educational issues of interest to the joint education community. The site is designed to promote cooperation and collaboration among the MECC member institutions, and coordinate joint education initiatives.

Small Wars Journal. This site provides access to a range of related papers, news and blogs. Of particular interest: Thoughts on Military Education, Training and Leader Development in 2050. Col (Ret) Jim Greer. Discusses the requirements for PME and what it must provide in the future looking out to 2050.

War on the Rocks. This site hosts a rolling set of papers and commentary on military issues. Of recent interest: Approaching a fork in the road: professional education and military learning. Dr David Morgan Owen. Looks at the purpose of military education, and how should it be delivered. 

In support of the New Zealand Defence Force presentation at the conference, these five articles describe their approach to leadership development:

Overcoming leadership challenges_International perspective

Technology and Leadership_International Perspectives

Developing the next generation of leaders

Adaptive leadership in the military context

Negative leadership_International perspectives

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