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The Chief Information Officer
Group (CIOG) is implementing a
new approach to the whole of life
management and support of ICT
The Fleet Management Implementation
Program (FMIP) will establish a framework
for the acquisition, delivery, introduction into
service, distribution, repair and maintenance
and disposal of all Defence ICT equipment.
The Program indirectly impacts all
personnel in Defence who use ICT hardware
and directly affects those that play a role in
supporting the delivery of ICT hardware to
ICT hardware users will be required to
abide by the program policy and governance
that the FMIP develops particularly with regard
to the procurement of ICT hardware.
The overall benefit for fleet managers, staff
engaged in supporting the processes and the
ICT hardware user community across Defence
is the increasing reliability of ICT hardware, a
more responsive approach to end user needs
and more efficient and effective processes.
Fleet items are ICT hardware assets
that form part of the Defence Information
Environment (DIE) together with the repair
parts and consumable items required over
the lifecycle of the item. Fleets will include
desktops, laptops, printers and scanners as
well as switches, routers and servers.
For further information please email:
The Inquiry Officer found that the gunshot
wound Corporal Hopkins sustained was fatal and
that no medical intervention would have saved
The Inquiry Officer made one recommendation;
that the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry
was not warranted. The Chief of the Defence
Force has accepted the recommendation. The
Minister for Defence has agreed with the report’s
recommendation and authorised the public release
of the report.
An unclassified version of the Inquiry Officer’s
report is available for download from www.
for the AP-3C
The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
and other key stakeholders have signed a
$31.1 million contract to provide a range of
enhancements to the AP-3C Orion aircraft and
associated ground support systems.
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel,
Materiel and Science said the contract will provide
a range of enhancements on the AP-3C Orion
aircraft including improved Electro-Optic/Infra-
red systems, Tactical Common Data Links, and
upgrades to ground-based support systems.
“The project will be delivered through the
P3 Accord, an alliance between Defence, BAE
Systems Australia and Australian Aerospace,” Mr
“The upgraded system, which will build
on earlier interim designs installed to support
operations in the Middle East Area of Operations,
will enter service in 2011, and will remain
operational until the AP-3C is withdrawn from
“AP-3C Orion aircraft, which are operated
from RAAF Base Edinburgh, play a vital role in
Australia’s national and international maritime
patrol, reconnaissance and strike capability.
DNA testing of fallen at
Fromelles to proceed
Full analysis and matching of DNA from
Australian and British World War
One soldiers discovered in France
The announcement follows
the successful conclusion of a
pilot study to evaluate if the DNA
present in the remains found at
the Fromelles site could be used to
identify our fallen soldiers.
The pilot study tested a cross
section of the Fromelles remains,
with samples being taken from the
teeth and bones of these remains.
Samples were also taken from
different parts of the burial sites.
“The delicate condition of the remains, the
soil surrounding them and high water table has
made the extraction of DNA difficult. Therefore
it is also important to note that the chance of
identification of each solider still remains low,”
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Mr Greg Combet said.
More than 1300 descendants of Australian
soldiers who died in the Battle of Fromelles
with no known grave, have registered with the
Australian Army to offer their DNA to match with
If people believe that they are relatives of a
soldier who died at the Battle of Fromelles, they
are encouraged to contact the Australian Army on
(free call) 1800 019 090 or visit www.army.gov.au/
fromelles to register their interest.
ABOVe: An AP-3C Orion aircrarft
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