Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 7 2009 Contents ne of the most direct and
Defence can engage with
the forces of another country
is through the provision of
training, with Defence investing
significant resources to make training
available to overseas military personnel
through its Defence cooperation and
Such training promotes the development
of personal and professional relationships
between members of Defence and their regional
counterparts. Accordingly, the provision of training
to members of regional defence organisations
is a high international engagement priority that
supports Australia’s national interests.
Below are two examples of recent training
activities managed by International Policy Division.
International Aviation safety
As part of its international engagement
activities, Defence International Policy Division
arranged an Aviation Safety Officer course dedicated
entirely to international military officers working in
the field of aviation safety in July.
The course, held in Canberra from 13-24 July,
was conducted by the Directorate of Defence Aviation
and Air Force Safety and was the second of its kind.
The course was designed for international
military officers and defence civilians, and provides
an introduction to the principles and framework
of aviation safety. This includes crew resource
and aviation risk management, investigation
requirements such as witness interviews, crash site
control, evidence gathering and preservation.
Considering the current enormous expansion of
aircraft activities in the Asia-Pacific region, and the high
tempo of our own Defence operational aviation tasks,
the importance of aviation safety cannot be overstated.
Twenty-three students attended the training,
from the countries: Pakistan, Indonesia, Bahrain,
Brunei, Jordan, India, Papua New Guinea,
Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Many
of the students are pilots or officers working in
aviation safety roles for their military services.
Director of Defence Aviation and Air
Force Safety, Group Captain Craig White said
Defence's sharing of its excellent aviation safety
training is a strategic investment in international
relationships and safer skies for Australia's
military and civilian air travellers.
“Through the provision of quality training
to Defence’s international counterparts we are
positively influencing the future safety of our
regional airspace,” GPCAPT White said.
On the last afternoon of the course the Deputy
Chief of Air Force (DCAF), Air Vice Marshal (AVM)
Geoff Brown, joined GPCAPT White to provide
feedback on the students’ syndicate presentations
on a variety of safety incident scenarios. DCAF then
presented students with their graduation certificates.
Military Leadership forum
International Policy Division coordinated the
third Military Leadership Forum in Manila from
14-16 July, co-hosted by the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP), the St James Ethics Centre, and
the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML).
The Forum was designed for senior military
officers and provides an opportunity to discuss
common leadership issues around a central theme.
Previous themes have included peacekeeping and
military operations other than war.
The 2009 theme was regional anti-terrorism
and transnational crime with daily sub-themes
encompassing: the role of the military in countering
terrorism; the role of the military in fighting transnational
crime; and international cooperation between militaries.
Forty-three representatives from the region
attended from Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan,
Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand,
Tonga, Vietnam and Australia. The background
and rank of attendees at the Forum were chosen
to promote command-based perspectives and
discussion of the leadership and ethical issues
arising from military activities related to the key
forum theme, with each day’s sub-theme providing
context and guidance for the ensuring discussion
and syndicate work.
The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP), General Victor Ibrado, said that both
terrorism and transnational crime undermine the rule
of law, national stability and social cohesion. He also
highlighted the need to recognise the inter-relationship
between transnational crime and terrorism.
He gave an example where the logistical
infrastructure for the importation of illicit drugs
was also being used for the importation of
terrorist bombs and arms for organised crime and
insurgent groups. This overlap between terrorism
and transnational crime creates an underlying
challenge for law enforcement agencies and
military forces in formulating a strategy to deal
with these two problems.
RIgHT: staff and
students from the
working in the
field of aviation
By Dave Mayhew
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