Pod#11 Future Minds, Future War: A Conversation with Mick Ryan

Mick Ryan, AM is a retired senior Australian Army officer who commanded units at the Troop, Squadron, Regiment, Task Force and Brigade levels over a career that spanned three decades. As a general officer, he served as the Director General Strategic Plans in Army Headquarters, Commander of the 1st Brigade in Darwin, Director General Training and Doctrine for the Australian Army and as Commander of the Australian Defence College.

Mick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies from the University of New England and is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He graduated with distinction from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies with a Master of International Public Policy. Mick is a prolific keynote speaker and recently published a book, War Transformed: The Future of Twenty First Century Great Power Competition and Conflict.

What do we discuss?

  • What motivated Mick to write his book on future war
  • How the nature of war will change in 21st Century Great Power Competition
  • Why future war will involve a combination of new and old technologies
  • The ingredients required to cultivate the minds of future warfighters
  • Mick shares his compelling concept of ‘counteradaption’ he developed on deployment in Afghanistan
  • Mick also accepts our Sailor’s Three challenge and provides a tip for emerging leaders

The opinions and comments made in this Pod and on this website do not represent the official position of any government, organisation or entity. Cover image credit to Army Press via War on the Rocks.

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