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Writing the 300-or-so words that comprise this section is invariably the final task for each
But I’m not going to state the bleeding obvious about marking the end of another year,
which was in turn marked by another exceptionally busy 12 months.
You will get a very real feel for the rollercoaster ride that was 2010 in our end-of-year
wrap-up, in which we could have easily filled double the seven pages allocated and still
not have covered everything.
There are also the perspectives from our leaders – the Minister, Secretary, CDF and the
Service chiefs, who have done their best to highlight the highs and lows of the year.
Instead, this is an opportunity to mark the sheer diversity of Defence, to which we’ve
dedicated the ‘business end’ of this edition.
Like the many people featured, you may have just joined the organisation this year, or
notched up a significant milestone in your career. You may have also moved from another
country, moved from one side of the country to the other, or moved back to work after an
Your section may have taken on a diverse array of tasks that has increased your
workload, while at the same time making you and the organisation all the more efficient.
You may have helped someone move forward in their career, or simply taken a trek back
in history to appreciate the sacrifices people have made so that we can be who and
where we are today.
You will find articles that touch on one of these points, and no story is more or less
important than the other – they are all simply part of what makes Defence the most
diverse organisation in the public service.
So if you’ve righted a wrong, had a little victory (or even a big one), kicked a goal or
perhaps let a few go through to the keeper, there is only one thing left to say.
Merry christmas and happy new Year!
– M ichael Weaver, editor
TIMe TO ReMeMBeR:
An Australian Army Major with a
Remembrance Day poppy in his hand
prepares to place it on the Australian
Memorial at Al Minhad Air Base,
in the United Arab Emirates.
Photo: Able Seaman Imagery
Specialist Jo Dilorenzo
inside this edition
Pictorial: the month in focus
What all Defence people need to know about safer social networking
Asbestos tiger team making work and homes safer
ADF at Exercises Arnhem Thunder, Hamel and Bersama Padu
spotlight on reform: The Reserves stream + The Mortimer Review stream 16
YeaR In ReVIeW secTIOn
Review: Defence Magazine’s wrap-up of 2010
Minister for Defence
chief of the Defence force
Joint Logistics command
feature: A tri-wheeled ‘tour de madness’
Defence science and Technology Organisation
chief Information Officer group
secretary: Opportunists take note – embrace diversity
People: One employee’s story of returning to work after a stroke
navy: The ultimate sea change – from Poland to the RAN
security: You vet we can – Defence takes on whole-of-government vetting 46
Defence signals Directorate: Strengthening our cyber armour
navy: Culture will increase efficiency
navy: Submariner’s communications centre goes west
australian Hydrographic service: Charting in the electronic age
Recruiting: Workforce diversity drives recruitment initiatives
Defence Materiel: Diverse range of careers in the DMO
Defence support: CDF and Secretary Environment and Heritage Awards 59
Defence support: Indigenous employment program at RAAF Edinburgh
Indigenous affairs: Graduation marks Navy program’s success in Cairns 62
Information Management: Taking the fight to information management 63
History: Journey to Hellfire and back
The Last Word: Sex Discrimination Commissioner and
Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination, Elizabeth Broderick
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