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PeoPle strAtegIes grouP
ore than $600 million
will be spent throughout
the next four years on
to the areas of defence
health care, housing,
and family support for our serving
men and women.
Set to benefit from $400 million worth
of improvements to Defence housing and
accommodation policy changes, those in uniform
who have dependants will now have greater
flexibility to maintain family stability.
“ADF members, particularly those deployed
should not be distracted in the performance of
their mission by concerns about housing and
relocation of their families,” Minister for Defence
the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP said.
And for those deployed for six months or more,
there will no longer be any member contribution to
pay to retain their accommodation while away.
To further support Defence families, and as a
direct result of the new Defence White Paper, $55
million will be spent on family support systems.
Eight new Community Development Officers
will be established to help families make links
with their communities, and develop social
networks in each of their posting locations.
This forms part of the “empowering” strategy
to provide Defence families with the tools they
need to settle into their new communities.
The Government will also extend the trial
health care arrangements announced in the
2008-09 Budget and has committed additional
funding for the next three years to progressively
deliver basic medical and dental care to families.
The Minister for Defence Science and
Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, said
that in addition to these measures, post-
deployment support would be introduced to
families of Reserve members.
“Currently, Reservists are deploying on
operations for war-like service, peacekeeping
or in humanitarian roles alongside their regular
counterparts,” Mr Snowdon said.
“This initiative will mean that if the family
is experiencing difficulty during the year after
deployment, they can access appropriate advice
and support services to ensure that emerging
issues are dealt with by the family as a whole.”
Mr Snowdon also said that the timely and
affordable delivery of high-quality health care
options to better achieve patient satisfaction
and efficiency for serving members remains a key
priority for Government. Approximately
$150 million will be spent during the next four
years to improve health services.
“In an environment where health care costs
are growing, Defence needs to reform its health
care delivery options to better achieve patient
satisfaction and efficiency,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Current rates of deployment are very high
and the future outlined in the White Paper is one
where the nation will continue to ask a lot from
our uniformed men and women.
“The Government is committed to improving
the mental health support to Defence members
and will implement the recommendations of the
independent Review of Mental Health Care in the
Australian Defence Force and Transition through
Discharge, conducted by Professor David Dunt.”
Defence members will also benefit from
strategic alliances with State Government and
private institutions to provide inpatient health
care from state-of-the-art facilities. Direct and
practical assistance, through improvements to
the rehabilitation and discharge processes, will
also be provided to those that are critically ill
for the ADF
aBove: petty officer stores
naval Jason lynch with his wife lisa and
daughter erin prior to the departure of hMas
Warramunga to the Middle east earlier this year.
Photo: POPH Damian Pawlenko
he 2009 defence white
paper presents dsto with
the challenge to continue
leading defence efforts aimed
at maintaining australia’s
capability edge in a world
of rapidly-evolving military
DSTO will be focused on exploiting and
applying relevant technologies that are crucial in
ensuring the ADF has access to highly advanced
and networked capabilities.
New technology upgrades for its Melbourne
and Adelaide laboratories and other facilities are
among the headline new initiatives for DSTO from
the White Paper. This includes investing some
$10 million during the next four years to upgrade
its Missile Simulation Centre, used to evaluate
current and future generations of weapons
systems, and the Phased Array Radar Testbed that
assesses the latest developments in microwave
radar and electronic warfare.
The technology refresh is particularly
important for DSTO to continue providing high
levels of support for the ADF’s new platform
acquisitions such as the JSF, future submarine and
unmanned aerial vehicles.
Maximising the operational effectiveness of
the current and future Defence Force will remain
a priority for DSTO. It will continue to provide
vital operational support, command and control
enhancements, improved simulation and analysis
and new capabilities to help the ADF counter
emerging and unconventional threats.
This includes direct assistance to current ADF
operations through the attachment of specifically-
trained DSTO analysts and technologists who
provide immediate support to deployed ADF units.
The White Paper has identified a number of
advanced technology areas for further investigation
and development, and DSTO will be prioritising
its research efforts to focus on electronic warfare,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,
cyber, underwater warfare and networked systems.
At the same time, DSTO will be exploring
forward-looking enabling technologies such as
hypersonics, computer security, electro-optics,
biotechnology, nanotechnology and smart
materials which impact future defence capabilities.
The White Paper has reaffirmed the crucial
role that DSTO plays in assisting the ADF to
make timely, cost-effective decisions across its
equipment acquisition programs. In view of the
ADF’s multi-billion dollar investments in new
acquisition projects, DSTO will continue to provide
wide-ranging professional advice on technical risks
and risk-mitigation strategies in close partnership
with the Capability Development Group and
Defence Materiel Organisation.
Support to major projects will also be
strengthened by providing early input in the
acquisition process. New funding arrangements
to support CDG and DMO between first pass and
introduction into service will also be adopted.
The White Paper has given DSTO the
opportunity to undertake a vigorous external
engagement program that leverages maximum
returns from the ADF’s science and technology
activities. This engagement involves DSTO working
closely with Australian industry and universities as
well as defence science organisations overseas.
There will be greater and deeper opportunities
for collaboration using mechanisms such as
international project arrangements, Centres
of Expertise and Defence Future Capability
To deliver on its White Paper commitments,
DSTO is implementing a strategic reform program
that involves simplifying priority setting processes
for science and technology requirements and
rebalancing its workforce to achieve a more
efficient, streamlined organisation aligned to a high-
tempo and high-technology acquisition program.
Other reforms are also being put in place to
improve DSTO’s governance and accountability and
its business procedures through initiatives such as the
establishment of an independent external advisory
board, simplified budgeting and planning processes,
and a flatter management structure in Canberra.
With the implementation of these reforms and
the White Paper as its roadmap, DSTO is well-placed
to deliver on the targeted science and technology
programs that will be crucial in maintaining the ADF’s
smart edge for the next 20 years.
DeFenCe sCIenCe AnD teChnology orgAnIsAtIon
aBove: dsto's research facilities will be upgraded
under initiatives announced in the defence white paper.
right: launch of hycause/hyshot sounding rocket in
2007.the hyshot/hycause hypersonic flight program is a
collaboration between many organisations including dsto
defence advanced research agency and the University of
Queensland. Photo: FSGT Ian Gosper
By Jack Foster
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