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The Australian Army will be able to
combine its combat and combat support
units to generate 10 battalion-sized
‘battlegroups’ tailored for a wide range
The growth of the Australian Army through
the Enhanced Land Force initiative will be
complemented by further reform under the Adaptive
Army Initiative, which seeks to better position the
Army to generate and prepare land forces for current
operations and other contingencies as directed by
The initiative includes the formation of Forces
Command which will be located in Sydney and
responsible for all individual and group training,
as well as the logistics organisations required to
support to this.
The Australian Army will complement this
growth and strategic reform by developing a detailed
plan for rebalancing the Army to be considered by
the Government by the end of the year, with an
expected implementation period of 2011-14.
This will improve the Army’s long-term
capacity to sustain prolonged operational
deployments and to flexibly surge in response to
changing strategic circumstances, with particular
reference to the capability contributions of the
Reserve component of the land force.
Efforts to rebalance the Army will determine
those capabilities that can be more efficiently
provided by the Army Reserve or are a lesser
priority in support of White Paper Strategic
Guidance. Where it is determined that a current
capability should be reduced, the relevant Army
personnel will be diverted to higher priority
requirements, allowing better management of
Army capability against strategic priorities.
of air combat
The Royal Australian Air Force will be
better equipped, fully networked and
better prepared to meet Australia’s air
power requirements under acquisitions
detailed in the 2009 Defence White Paper.
The Government confirmed it will acquire
around 100 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters,
which represent the best value for money for
the Australian taxpayer. A detailed review of the
program also gave the Government confidence
that the aircraft presented the best available
option to guarantee the Royal Australian Air
Force maintains air superiority in the Asia-Pacific
region well into the future.
The review concluded that a fleet of around
100 fifth generation multi-role combat aircraft
would provide Australia with a potent and flexible
air combat capability to 2030 and that the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter is the preferred platform.
Other combat aircraft considered by the
review were judged to be unsuited to Australia’s
multi-role air combat capability requirements.
The findings of the review were subsequently
supported through extensive analysis in support of
the White Paper. Importantly the Force Structure
Review considered the mix of military capabilities
needed to ensure the security of our nation and
to protect our strategic interests. This included
the vital enabling capabilities provided by the
KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and Wedgetail
Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.
Separate projects will also be undertaken to
acquire state-of-the-art air-to-air, air-to-surface and
maritime strike weapons to complete the capability
that will be delivered for use by Australia’s Joint
Strike Fighter multi-role aircraft.
The first stage of the JSF acquisition will be
to acquire no fewer than 72 aircraft, to provide
three operational squadrons and a training unit.
Acquisition of the fourth operational squadron of
Joint Strike Fighters will be made at a later date
in conjunction with a decision on the timing of the
withdrawal of the 24 F/A-18F Block II Super Hornet
bridging air combat fleet.
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remote sensing satellite capability
The Government has decided to plan for the acquisition of a remote sensing satellite capability, most
likely to be based on high-resolution, cloud-penetrating, synthetic aperture radar. The Government
will, in the longer term, make unprecedented investment in Australia’s regional imagery collection
capabilities by acquiring a satellite with these capabilities.
substantial boost to simulator training
The Government will fund new and improved simulation initiatives for the Australian Defence Force
that will provide enhanced opportunities for both individual and collective training. Simulators can
accurately depict and recreate real situations without putting people into harms way unnecessarily,
and often at much reduced cost than using real military equipment in a training role. This simulated
training includes a variety of live systems where people train on exact replicas of actual equipment,
through to virtual systems that recreate simulated entities and environments. Development of the
defence simulation environment will provide better support to Defence’s training requirements and
help to clear bottlenecks in the training pipeline resulting from the limited availability of operational
assets and equipment.
new focus on non-lethal weapon technology for adf
Plans to equip members of the Australian Defence Force deployed on operations with a variety
of non-lethal weapons capabilities will provide deployed forces with greater options other than
the use of lethal force. These capabilities will provide operational commanders with a range of
tactical options to protect the safety and security of deployed forces, which may include short-
term incapacitating agents, physical barriers, visual and acoustic warning devices and non-lethal
projectiles. Given the range of situations in which the ADF may employ soldiers, including alongside
Australian Federal Police personnel, this capability enhancement will increase the effectiveness of
the land force across a wide range of scenarios.
defence families to receive improved support
Australian Defence Force families will receive an additional $55 million in support systems as a
direct result of the Defence White Paper. This funding will be used to create eight new Community
Development Officers to help Defence families make links with their communities and develop
social networks and systems of support in each of their posting locations. In addition, post-
deployment support will be introduced to families of Reserve members, including counselling and
referral to other relevant community services. The Government is also extending the trial health
care arrangements announced in the 2008-09 Budget, and has committed additional funding during
the next three years to progressively deliver basic medical and dental care to Defence families.
left: able seaman
steph cokanauto and
able seaman aumau
falepau are farewelled
by family and friends
as hMas Ballarat
departed sydney for its
northern trident 2009
left: australian soldiers
from the 1st Mentoring and
reconstruction task force
establish a cordon around
an afghan Quala (mud-brick
complex) prior to the area being
searched for insurgent weapons
Below: sQnldr James
pearson, air vice-Marshal chris
deeble (program Manager,
airborne early warning and
control in the defence Materiel
organisation), group captain
stephen Meredith (officer
commanding 42wg), and
squadron leader chris loeliger
with the wedgetail aircraft.
Photo: ABPH Evan Murphy
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