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$5 BILLION boost to Defence’s
information and communications
technology (ICT) over the next
decade will deliver a modern,
flexible and integrated ICT
environment to an increasingly high-technology
The significant ICT investment was
allocated in the Defence White Paper and will
be delivered under the Integrated Investment
Program as part of the Defence ICT Strategy
developed by the Chief Information Officer
Major areas of investment include
remediation and upgrading of networks and
desktop environments, modernisation of
infrastructure and applications, and streamlining
and consolidation of systems and processes.
The funding will also assist in the rollout of
the Next Generation Desktop Project, which is
delivering Defence networks and applications
through a single desktop to improve the
computer environment for end users.
The Defence ICT environment is one of the
nation’s largest, supporting more than 100,000
workstations across Australia and overseas and
operating about 800 networks, 200 processing
locations and 3000 applications. This includes
an array of geographically dispersed fixed,
deployable and mobile networks.
Transforming and modernising the ICT
environment will ensure Defence can support
its increasing needs for real-time, high
capacity, mobile and secure information and
communications systems on operations and
domestically, while maintaining a technological
edge in the rapidly evolving ICT field.
Chief Information Officer Dr Peter Lawrence
says the White Paper investment reaffirms the
role of ICT as a critical enabler for Defence.
“It recognises the importance of being
able to provide a lot of the core underpinning
facilities that we all need to work. Whether it’s
in a deployed context or in the office context,
our ICT is critically important,” Peter says.
He says while it is difficult to predict the
future digital landscape, with the funding plan
now in place, his priority is to gain an integrated
view of what needs to be done so CIOG can
begin delivering on the investment.
“Practically, three to five years is about
as much view as you can really have around
the reality of what’s going to happen with
technology, but we do have a view and it is to
build around the concept of a single information
environment,” he says.
At the forefront of shaping the ICT
environment for Defence is CIOG’s Chief
Technology Officer Division, led by Chief
Technology Officer Aiyaswami Mohan.
The Division has developed a whole-of-
Defence ICT strategy to guide future investment
decisions and will play a key role in the
transformation of the ICT environment over the
next 10 years.
Mohan says the division is currently liaising
with stakeholders on the ICT strategy and
work is under way to realise plans outlined
in the White Paper and Integrated Investment
“All Groups and Services of Defence will be
involved and consulted in this process,” Mohan
“As stated in the White Paper, as well as by
the Defence Minister, ICT is an integral part of
Defence capability and that is being reflected
in the funding provided for ICT in the White
A workforce strategy has been developed,
which is aligned to the ICT strategy and driven
by the White Paper and Force Structure Review.
“This will mean the introduction of
certain new roles and professionalisation and
development of existing resources,” Mohan
“Like any other major transformational
activity, this work will be undertaken by a
mix of APS and ADF staff, as well as industry
representatives and contractors. The design of
the workforce and structure will be determined
based on the workforce strategy. ”
Mohan says the key priorities for investment
in Defence ICT, as outlined in the White
Paper include: sustainment of the current ICT
environment, stabilisation of the core ICT
infrastructure, and modernisation of Defence
ICT with the introduction of contemporary
infrastructure and applications.
Minister for Defence Marise Payne told those at the
White Paper launch of her first-hand experience
with ‘retro’ Windows XP on the DRN. All that is
about to change as ICT gets a massive reboot
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