Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces talks to John Kennedy about his plans to develop the post-modern soldier.

The post-modern solider won’t be just a skilled warrior, he or she will also be a shrewd and highly-educated diplomat capable of handling crises and adapting to a variety of human and technological challenges.

Mellett explains how, building on over 60 years of dedicated peacekeeping with the United Nations, he wants to enhance the skills base and intellectual capacity of Ireland’s armed forces through further education and R&D collaboration with

academia and entrepreneurs through bodies like IMERC to increase the capability and prowess of the Defence Forces.

In essence, every soldier will become a force multiplier for the situations and challenges of the 21st century.