Aaron P Jackson - Defense professional

Dr Aaron P. Jackson is Senior Researcher, Joint Planning and Design in Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, part of the Australian Department of Defence. A civilian Defence employee since 2010, he has previously been appointed Joint Operations Planning Specialist in DST and joint doctrine developer at the ADF Joint Doctrine Centre, where he specialised in developing executive, operations and planning series doctrine. In addition to his civilian appointments Aaron has served in the Australian Army Reserve since 2002. He has deployed as a civilian on Operation Accordion (Middle East region) and as a military officer on Operations Astute (Timor Leste) and Resolute (Australian border security). Aaron holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (International Relations) and has an ongoing research focus on defence and military studies, international relations, operational art and design thinking. He is author of numerous academic papers and articles. His publications listed below are those which focus on military design thinking. A complete list of his publications in all of his research focus areas can be found at his LinkedIn page, https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-p-jackson-b2908b18/. The opinions expressed in his academic papers, including those shared here, are exclusively his own.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants to Reach a Cake: Observations About Military Design Facilitation

By Aaron P. Jackson “We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We […]

“The Only Problem with the Operations Planning Process is that We Don’t Use It!”: Why this Argument is Invalid

Over the years I have heard time and again the argument made that “the only […]

A Historical and Paradigmatic Analysis of Civilian and Military Design Thinking

A Historical and Paradigmatic Analysis of Civilian and Military Design Thinking – Dr Aaron Jackson […]

“Your Flight is Delayed”: The Impact of Complexity upon a Simple Plan

By Aaron P. Jackson How my planned 30 hour journey became an 88 hour odyssey, […]

A Brief History of Military Design Thinking

By Aaron P. Jackson Welcome to the field of military design thinking. In this article, […]

Intellectual spring cleaning: it’s time for a military “Do Not Read” list; and some sources that should be on that list

By Aaron P. Jackson, Ben Zweibelson and William Simonds Published in: Defence Studies, Vol. 18, […]

Towards a Multi-paradigmatic Methodology for Military Planning: An Initial Toolkit

By Dr Aaron P. Jackson   This article provides an overview of the current status […]

Over the Horizon Podcast 5 – Designing Future Security: An International Roundtable on the Military Design Movement

For this podcast, Over the Horizon – an online journal affiliated with the US Air […]

Teachers, Leave Them Kids Alone: Debating Two Approaches for Design Education in Military Organizations

By Ben Zweibelson, Aaron P. Jackson and Simon Bernard. This article functions as an informed […]

The Nature of Military Doctrine: A Decade of Study in 1500 Words

Today, The Strategy Bridge talks the fundamentals of doctrine with Aaron P. Jackson : “Doctrine, […]

Innovative within the Paradigm: The Evolution of the Australian Defence Force’s Joint Operational Art

Abstract: Beginning in 2008, several articles argued that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) had paid […]

A Tale of Two Designs: Developing the Australian Defence Force’s Latest Iteration of its Joint Operations Planning Doctrine

Author: Aaron P. Jackson Abstract: This paper chronicles the incorporation of design thinking ideas into the latest […]

The Perversion of Military Ideas: How Innovative Thinking is Inadvertently Destroyed

Abstract: Have you ever read a military concept or doctrine publication, or an academic or […]

Paradigms Reconsidered

This article revisits Thomas Kuhn’s conceptualization of “paradigm” and discusses its applicability to strategy. Although […]

The Roots of Military Doctrine: Change and Continuity in Understanding the Practice of Warfare

Author: Aaron P. Jackson Introduction: This monograph examines military doctrine and explains why understanding its […]

Moving Beyond Manoeuvre: A Conceptual Coming-of-Age for the Australian and Canadian Armies

This article discusses and contrasts conceptual developments in the Australian and Canadian armies as a […]