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Defence Science and
scientist, Dr Elena
Mazourenko, has been
awarded the 2012 Secretary
of Defence Fellowship.
Photo: Lauren Black
rewarding good work and encouraging innovation is something Defence promotes across
the organisation. The annual Secretary of Defence Fellowship is just one way Defence
recognises its people and, this year, was presented to a pioneering DSTO scientist.
and evaluation in the
ADF: an investigation
into the integration
of theories of change
DEFEnCE Secretary Duncan Lewis presented the 2012
Secretary of Defence Fellowship to Defence Science
and Technology Organisation (DSTO) scientist, Dr Elena
Mazourenko, in late February.
Duncan Lewis says Elena brings great credit to the
organisation and congratulated her on receipt of the
The Secretary of Defence Fellowship is awarded annually
to enable a Defence APS employee to undertake one year
of full-time postgraduate research at the University of new
South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
The fellowship comprises salary and up to $15,000 for field
research expenses, including travel.
Duncan Lewis says Elena’s research is of great and direct
benefit to Defence.
“Dr Mazourenko’s research will deliver a campaign planning
and assessment framework intended to improve planning
and inform decision making for ADF operations,” he says.
“I’ve made it very clear since beginning as Secretary that
my key priority is supporting ADF personnel deployed on
operations, and Dr Mazourenko’s work relates directly to
this. I congratulate her on her hard work and dedication,
and very much look forward to seeing the results of her
Elena says she feels privileged to have been awarded the
“This is a great opportunity to conduct 12 months of
uninterrupted research, focusing on a topic of interest and
significance to my area of work within DSTO,” Elena says.
“My research will involve an investigation into the
methodologies and techniques related to planning and
evaluation within a range of academic disciplines that have
been applied in a variety of contexts in the civilian domain
and proven to be effective and efficient.
“The goal of my work is to demonstrate how these
methodologies and techniques can be modified,
synthesised and integrated in the military planning and
evaluation processes to support decision making. This
will be achieved by developing campaign planning and
campaign assessment decision support frameworks.”
This research is important to Defence because, by
making explicit the logic and assumptions that underpin
the planning and assessment of military operations, it
will enhance the flexibility and adaptiveness of the ADF
in identifying and highlighting the variables that need
adjustment in a timely manner.
“This will increase the situational awareness of decision
makers, improve the efficiency of the ADF in investing
resources, and assist decision makers communicate the
intent and rationale behind operational planning to whole of
government forums,” Elena says.
Elena’s other work for DSTO includes the development
of a proposal for scenario-based training to enable new
Headquarters Joint Operations Command staff to assimilate
quickly into an interoperability-dependent environment,
and operational data processing and analysis for Operation
Slipper campaign assessments.
Elena has also conducted environmental research for the
Department of Transport and Urban Planning in South
Australia, which resulted in better understanding of the
ecological footprint of the infrastructure and operation of the
public transport sector in the state, and contributed to the
development of subsequent environmental policies by the
Department of Transport and Urban Planning.
Elena has three children in the ADF, including two sons in
the Army and a daughter in the Air Force.
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