The CHACR’s primary activity is to study the enduing nature and changing character of conflict on land by conducting a systematic programme of research and analysis into past and current operations. The insights from this work are intended to assist and inform the General Staff, contributing to decisions concerning future strategy, concepts, capability and operations.
It also acts as a hub for engagement with academics and for promoting internal study of the profession of arms, thereby helping to enhance the Army’s ‘conceptual component’. In this role the CHACR acts as a forum for debate on matters relevant to the Army, enabling military personnel and other experts to express their views freely and securely.
The independence and objectivity of the CHACR enable it to fulfil a critical analysis role, challenging conventional wisdom and testing proposed plans in the light of past experience.
The CHACR publishes ‘Ares & Athena’ as an occasional record of its events, comprising unattributed articles commenting upon the issues discussed: these views seek to inform the Army, rather than record views already held by the Army. It must be emphasized, therefore, that views expressed in these and any other CHACR publication are entirely separate from those of the Ministry of Defence, the British Army or any part thereof.