Essence of command remains leadership.

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THE Australian Army has rarely been proactive to technological developments, preferring historical adjustment over radical change.

A classic example occurred in the early 1980s after its Signal Corps performed abysmally in a major international exercise held at Queensland’s Shoalwater Bay.

The ADF then relied on World War II era electromagnetic teleprinters to prepare formal messages, similar to the ubiquitous Telex machines used in private enterprise.

Except they were old and well used, requiring painstaking regular disassembly, cleaning, servicing and reassembly to keep operating.

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