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“Military Strategic Commitments coordinates
joint military strategic input for engagement with
government, other agencies, allies and coalition
partners. This includes supporting the national crisis
management machinery. The people who comprise
Military Strategic Commitments are under constant
pressure and do extremely important work – 24/7.”
The Australian Civil-Military Centre also works at
the whole of government level. The centre is linked
to Defence through VCDF Group but maintains a
multi-agency approach in fulfilling its mission to
develop national civil-military capabilities to prevent,
prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts
and disasters overseas. It draws on expertise from
Defence, a range of other Australian Government
departments, the New Zealand Government and the
non-government organisation sector.
“The centre has built a fine reputation developing
civil-military capabilities, and in 2012 this great work
will continue within Australia and through the centre’s
regional engagements,” Air Marshal Binskin says.
VCDF Group also includes Joint Capability
“This division’s task is to manage and coordinate joint
force capability and it plays a vital role in the space
between Capability Development Group and Joint
Operations Command. For example, Australia’s first
Landing Helicopter Dock ship is scheduled to enter
service in 2014 and there is a lot of work being done
in developing new amphibious operational concepts
Joint Capability Coordination Division is central to
this,” Air Marshal Binskin says.
Elsewhere in the vast group, the Australian Defence
College, which incorporates the Australian Defence
Force Academy, will continue to develop new ways of
delivering learning and training to Defence.
Air Marshal Binskin says the college’s courses,
which include those run by the Australian Command
and Staff College and Centre for Defence Strategic
Studies, provide Defence people the opportunity
to achieve high-level skills and formal tertiary
“The skills, networks, knowledge and awareness
developed during our courses ensure our workforce
has the skills to lead Defence into the future.”
When he says “our workforce”, it’s very clear he
means an integrated, cohesive team.
“While the ADF is the visible part of Defence, what
goes on behind the scenes is critical.
“Permanent and reserve ADF personnel, APS
members and contractors all pull together equally to
make a great Defence team that is well respected
around the world.
“When I travel I often get asked how the ADF achieves
the excellent results it does with such a small global
footprint. Well, it comes from our people – military,
APS and contractors – pulling together.”
People are indeed at the forefront of Air Marshal
Binskin’s mind as he leads such a diverse group.
Because of this, another of his key priorities this year
is supporting the implementation of a cultural reform
program across Defence, following a series of cultural
reviews announced by Defence Minister Stephen
Smith last year.
“The aim of the cultural reform program is to shape
Defence for the challenges of the next decade by
producing a more integrated organisation,” he says.
“The reforms will be focused across the entire
organisation and will shape us for where we want to
be in the future.”
Speaking of the future, Air Marshal Binskin says it’s
“We always think of the future as being distant – well,
the future’s here,” he says. “If you consider the way
the organisation has started to change over the past
couple of years with new equipment entering service
and organisational reform being implemented, it’s
clear the future is here and it’s going to be a great ride
so stick with it.
“I can’t see a better workplace anywhere in Australia.”
“While the ADF is the visible part of Defence, what goes on behind the scenes is critical.”
Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Group is Defence’s most diverse
organisation. It comprises:
• Military Strategic Commitments
• Joint Logistics Command;
• Joint Health Command;
• Australian Defence College;
• Joint Capability Coordination
• Cadet, Reserve and Employer
Support Division; and
• Australian Civil-Military Centre.
Visit the Vice Chief of the Defence
Force website for more information.
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