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Aaron P Jackson

Dr Aaron P. Jackson is a public servant in the Australian Department of Defence. He is currently Influence Effects and Decision-Making research team leader within Defence Science and Technology Group. Immediately prior to this appointment, he was Senior Researcher Joint Planning and Design.

He has deployed as a Defence Civilian on Operation Accordion (Middle East region). In his secondary employment, Major Jackson has been a serving member of the Australian Army Reserve since 2002. This this role, he has deployed on Operations Astute (peacekeeping in Timor Leste), Resolute (Australian border security), Okra (building partner capacity in Iraq) and COVID-19 Assist (support to domestic emergency response).

Aaron holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (International Relations) and has an ongoing research focus on defence and military studies, operational art, international relations and military design thinking. He has held numerous academic appointments, most recently as Academic Year 2018-19 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Defence Studies at Canadian Forces College.

The opinions expressed in Dr Jackson’s academic papers are exclusively his own and do not reflect the views of any organisation with which he is, or was previously, affiliated.

Design Thinking in Commerce and War: Contrasting Civilian and Military Innovation Methodologies

By Dr. Aaron P. Jackson This monograph addresses how military design thinkers can maximize the…

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Design Thinking: Applications for the Australian Defence Force

This is an edited volume. Please see the contents page (reproduced below) for information about…

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Introduction: What is Design Thinking and how is it of use to the Australian Defence Force?

by Aaron P. Jackson Chapter 1 of: Design Thinking: Applications for the Australian Defence Force,…

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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…

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The Only Problem with the OPP is that We Do not Use It! Why this Argument is Invalid

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

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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…

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