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Defence Forces Review

Defence Forces Review 2019

Call for Papers

This year’s edition of the Defence Forces Review examines the concept the ‘22nd Century Military’ and the role that technology and innovation has, and will play, in developing the future force and its associated capability requirements. Papers are invited for submission across a broad disciplinary and multi-disciplinary spectrum looking at the evolution of technology and innovation as applied to military forces. Special attention will be given to their impact on military strategy and on the development of specific military capabilities, as well as, on the Irish Defence Forces, and lessons learned within other exemplar military forces. Submissions are invited, interalia, to address the following questions/issues:

  • Is the current Defence Force Structure suitable for a 22nd Century Military that will function in a complex, multidomain environment? Will such forces be capable of joint operations and interoperability with UN/EU/NATO forces? Are traditional three branch force structures a function of strategic logic or of history?
  • What implications will artificial intelligence and augmented reality (AI/AR) have on the Defence Forces over the coming decades, and, are they ready for the associated challenges these developments will induce?
  • Discussion of the use of technological solutions (ICT) in developing and, where applicable, enhancing Defence Forces capabilities for current and future operations, including the concept of network-centric warfare as a potential case study.
  • The role of reservists in developing and enhancing technological solutions through the application of their knowledge and skills gained in the private/commercial/voluntary/public sectors.
  • Is the indigenous Irish defence industry capable of evolving to support the need for such research, innovation and development. How can, or should, multinational industry interface with the Defence Forces: as partner, client or test bed?
  • What is the necessary skills base of a 22nd Century Military? How might this impact recruitment, training, the development of Professional Military Education (PME), doctrine, ethics and relationships with other stakeholders, both nationally and internationally? • How should the Defence Forces adapt to operate in an environment where offensive cyber operations have been used increasingly as a form of low-intensity asymmetric warfare?
  • What is the appropriate demarcation in civil-military relations on the adoption of future force concepts and associated capability development requirements? How can wider society be engaged in these debates, such that, policy choices are clearly understood and associated policy decisions are grounded in full democratic consent?

The 2019 Defence Forces Review will be published in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD) and is delighted to have as part of the joint Editorial Team, Prof. Ben Tonra , Dr. Eugenio Lilli and Dr. Mark Scanlon. The Defence Forces Review will be launched in conjunction with an Academic Seminar held at UCD in mid-November 2019.

Based on the above, the editorial team are inviting contributions to the Defence Forces Review 2019. In the first instance, 300 word abstracts should be submitted no later than 15th April 2019. Based on the review of abstracts, the editorial team will invite final contributions. Final submissions should not exceed 3,000 words, should be referenced in accordance with the Chicago Referencing Style, be in Word (.docx) or equivalent format, and are due no later than 1st August 2019. Final contributions will be subject to a full peer review process and the editorial team will make final editorial decisions. All abstracts and subsequent final submissions should be directed to by the deadlines

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Submissions for the 2018 Review closed on the 31st July, 2018. Check back at a later stage for the opening date for 2019

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