The chief purpose of the CHACR is to gather and present a wide range of views and perspectives to inform the Army, contributing to decisions concerning future strategy, concepts, capability and operations. The CHACR's primary activity is to study the enduring nature and changing character of conflict on land by conducting a systematic programme of research and analysis into past and current (and possible future) operations.
It also acts as a hub for engagement with academics and think-tanks, 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. It also supports an array of conceptual activities, ranging from staff rides and battlefield studies to the editorship of the British Army’s internal professional journal, The British Army Review.
In all of the above roles the CHACR acts not just as a champion for individual ‘soldier-scholars’, but as a catalyst for the promotion of a 'brains-based approach' throughout the Army. In short, the CHACR promotes the notion that it is as important to ensure that an army is not out-thought as it is to ensure that it is not out-fought.
The independence and objectivity of the CHACR enables it to fulfil a critical analysis role, challenging conventional wisdom and testing evolving concepts and proposed plans.