By Scott Brady

24 June 2017

Key points

  • Noetic has been developing doctrine for the Australian Defence Force since 2001
  • Noetic’s extensive pool of experienced consultants enables us to “surge” to meet client needs

Throughout this year, a dedicated team of Noetic consultants have been providing critical expertise to the Australian Department of Defence’s Joint Doctrine Directorate (JDD). The Directorate is managing a dual transition – an organisational move into the Force Design Division, and a geographic move from Newcastle to Canberra.

Joint Doctrine is essential to the Profession of Arms as it is the compilation of organisational knowledge at the philosophical, application and procedural levels, and it guides the Defence Force’s conduct of operations. Great doctrine that is well-written and forward-thinking guides commanders and staff who plan and direct operations. It also facilitates high-quality professional military education, and it provides a common framework by which military professionals can share, and advance, the sum of professional knowledge.

Noetic’s assistance to JDD is somewhat of a return to our roots. In 2001, Noetic pioneered being a commercial provider of military doctrine development to the Australian Defence Force. In these early years, we enjoyed a long and productive partnership with the Australian Army that resulted in the development and revision of numerous doctrine publications. Since then, our experienced teams have continued to produce doctrine for the ADF, and similar guidance materials for other government agencies and international clients.

Over the past five months, the 2017 Doctrine Team conducted detailed analyses of requirements in order to inform JDD about potential gaps in its doctrine collection. We were specifically tasked to investigate fourteen issues which spanned a very broad scope of work. These ranged from linguistic support, to unmanned aerial systems, to security forces assistance.

Our work involved detailed research and analysis of over 300 Australian and foreign doctrine publications so that we could make specific, targeted, and evidence-based recommendations regarding the need for further development of doctrine on each issue.

Noetic’s return to doctrine development enabled us to provide high-quality support in a specialised area in which we are trusted to draw upon deep experience and expertise to provide quality, and value, to a longstanding client.

Scott Brady was the team leader for the 2017 Doctrine Team.

For more information about Noetic’s doctrine work, please contact John Smith, Principal: