DMO: 7 per cent under budget

Ladies and gentlemen, I had to write that headline to prove a point to DMO CEO Warren King. The media does occasionally listen when the DMO does good things. After speaking at length with King about the reform journey the organisation has been on since its 2000 inception, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at performance.

Budget: Budget 2014 – An industry perspective | ADM June 2014

The budget honours Tony Abbott’s pre-election commitment to ensure no further cuts to Defence spending and increase over the next decade the current level of Defence spending from 1.6 per cent of GDP – the lowest level since 1938 – to two percent of GDP. Premium

Budget: Budget 2013: swings and roundabouts | ADM June 2013

The fast jet community has been a big winner this budget. [Photo:Defence]

In a nutshell the Budget for Defence this year wasn’t all bad news. Unlike the disaster of last year, there were no drastic cuts and some of the gaps have been slightly filled. Premium

Budget: Budget: Not all woe or go | ADM June 2013

Last year, all seemed lost. The hopes and promises of the 2009 Defence White Paper had been shattered by the headlong rush to deliver a fiscal surplus. Cuts and deferrals posing as savings and efficiencies had slashed funding for Defence by more than $20 billion in the three short years since 2009. Force 2030 had gone from being a tangible goal to a half forgotten fantasy. Premium

News: Kiwi budget smoke and mirrors | ADM July 2012

It may appear prosaic at first sight, only New Zealand’s Defence Force budget for 2012/13 is especially subtle this year; arguably even a little deceptive. Premium

Budget: Movement on Future Sub thanks to funding | ADM June 2012

The Government will provide $214 million for the next stage of the Future Submarine Project, announced Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare the week before the release of the budget. Premium

Budget: Budget 2012: Death of a 1,000 cuts | ADM June 2012

2012 is the politically magical year where the government will return to surplus. Indeed the headline figure is a $1.5 billion surplus. But cuts had to come from somewhere and Defence has most definitely played its part. Premium

Budget: Budget 2012: A thin case for optimism | ADM June 2012

Defence spending slashed by $5.5 billion … largest year-on-year cut (10 per cent) since our withdrawal from Korea in 1953 … smallest share of GDP (1.6 per cent) since the Munich Crisis of 1938. It’s all true, there’s no point pretending otherwise; Defence copped a walloping. Premium

Budget 2011: Defence Support Group: Budget 2011/12 | ADM June 2011

Defence Support Group (DSG) is responsible for delivering most of the shared services that support the ADF and Defence Groups, and is fundamental to generating Defence capability through the services it provides. Premium

Budget 2011: The 2011-2012 Budget: A dry exercise | ADM June 2011

While some cuts to Defence were to be expected given the government’s promise to return to surplus next financial year (an election year), the cuts were larger than many had anticipated. But there is some light in the finer detail. Premium

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Minehunters on path to 2030s with new deployable MCM

The multinational task force in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe pause for a team photo at the Port of Honiara next to HMAS Huon on 30 September, 2016. Credit: Defence
The Commonwealth has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s minehunters and Thales Australia is to deliver and support new deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) over the next 15 years.