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Q. How is the integration of
operations into Headquarters Joint
Operations command (HQJOc)
going? And how are staff adapting to
the new surrounds?
The migration of personnel and equipment has
proceeded very smoothly thanks to comprehensive
planning done by staff from all the various
agencies leading up to the migration. Throughout
this period, HQJOC continued to successfully
exercise 24/7 command and control of all ADF
The benefits of collocation of all the previously
dispersed elements of HQJOC in the Baker
Complex are already apparent. Staff relationships
and interactions are much easier and more
effective, and the time lost travelling between
Sydney and Canberra is now a thing of the past.
Just as importantly, the new headquarters is
providing a good work environment, and people
are settling into both the headquarters and the
Canberra area very well.
We are working hard to establish an effective
joint operational culture within HQJOC that is
focused on supporting our deployed forces while
providing the advice and information required for
Government and strategic level decision making.
We are also seeking to maximise our use of the
enormous capabilities of the Baker Complex,
which are far greater than we have had in the past.
It is very important that we understand and use
these new capabilities so that we maximise the
effectiveness and efficiency of HQJOC.
Q. Have you received particular
feedback or comments from coalition
agencies on the improvements
HQJOc has made?
The transition of HQJOC to the Baker Complex
has been largely transparent to our deployed
forces and Coalition partners, as the C2 structure
has not changed from HQJOC(T). However, HQJOC
does work more effectively and efficiently now that
we are collocated in the new facility, being more
responsive and agile as operational issues arise.
We were recently pleased to hear that
Commander Marine Corps Forces Pacific, LTGEN
Leith Stadler thought the Headquarters was very
advanced in its understanding and execution of
The move to Bungendore was well known
by our coalition partners and has been part of the
evolution of our approach to command and control.
I have little doubt that the move will draw anything
but positive comment from our coalition partners
and friends. As the building and its facilities are
purpose built, there may indeed be a degree of
inquisitiveness (and perhaps a hint of envy) from
many of our partner nations.
Q. What are some of the tangible
differences HQJOc has made to the
doctrine of mission command? If
applicable, what more could be done?
While the doctrine of mission command has
not changed, the new HQJOC arrangements have
clarified and simplified our operational chain of
command, which runs from CDF to CJOPS to Joint
Task Force Commanders and their assigned units.
These arrangements ensure a greater focus on the
strategic and operational level intent which can be
translated into clear tactical level objectives and
plans, together with clear delegations of authority to
achieve them—the essence of mission command.
Q. What are your main priorities for
I am expecting that staff processes and
procedures at HQJOC will start to mature by
the year’s end. While HQJOC is not a new
organisation, it has not had the opportunity to
work together since its inception. The culture
of the organisation will require constant work
by all personnel but importantly the leaders
within the organisation. Personnel posted to
HQJOC will focus their efforts on continuing to
provide exceptional support to our operational
commitments but will also acknowledge the role
that they play in providing well formed advice up
the chain of command to the Minister.
Q. Looking forward, do you see any
changes to the roles of our people on
The operational environment remains
extremely dynamic and Defence stands ready
to respond to a wide range of operational
contingencies. While any announcements about
changes to operational commitments remains
a matter solely for Government, we are very
conscious of the pending elections in Afghanistan,
the security situation in the Sinai and Sudan,
and the stability of government in Timor and the
Solomon Islands. But these situations can change
and Defence is agile in adapting to new and
Q. What message would you convey
to personnel currently deployed?
Your efforts continue to enhance the
reputation of the Australian Defence Force. The
achievement of mission success is a team effort
and every person deployed on operations is a
contributor to this objective. I know you work hard
but the experiences and friendships you develop
will stay with you for life.
Chief of Joint Operations,
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