Project Review: Joint programs - enabling the wider ADF capability offering

SATCOMs are a key enabler for the ADF but getting it right has been a long journey. Credit: Defence

Of the nearly 50 major programs and phases currently being progressed by Defence
in the joint space, several may not be high profile but nevertheless are
key drivers towards
an integrated force.

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Network Centric Warfare: The never ending story of JP2008

ABCD Clearance Diver Daniel Pace sets up satellite communication during a Non Combatant Evacuation Operation reconnaissance on Dunk Island as part of Exercise Sea Raider 2015. Credit: Defence

The sprawling beast that is JP2008 in all its phases is complicated to say the least. One phase is being managed as a Project of Concern, some are being delivered or have been delivered and bids have gone into the box for another.

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Network Centric Warfare: SATCOMs a work in progress

Credit: Defence

Australia first obtained access to the US Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system
in 2010, and work continues under JP 2008 to maximum the benefits to the ADF of access to this vital resource.

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Network Centric Warfare: The long road to Army digitisation

Bombardier Mitchell Watson conducts training on the ROVER device with Flight Lieutenant Gerard Bonaventura at Line Creek Junction, High Range during Exercise Black Dagger 01/14. Credit: Defence

With more than 3,500 Land 200 BMS nodes delivered and the joint Army/Air Force DTCS approaching final operating capability, Army has turned the first corner on the long road to the networked, joint force envisioned under Plan Beersheba.

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Defence in the North: Demonstrating interoperability - Talisman Sabre 2015

Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, receiving orders for a platoon attack, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory. Credit: Defence

The biennial Talisman Sabre exercises are the principal Australian and US bilateral training activities and over 29,000 personnel, 200 aircraft and 21 warships participated in the 2015 event.

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Defence Business: LHD landing craft land in ADF hands

Acceptance testing in Cadiz Harbour included using a Spanish Marines M-60 Main Battle Tank as a representative load. Credit: Defence

As the largest warships ever commissioned in to the Royal Australian Navy, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and NUSHIP Adelaide are rewriting the book on force projection ability for the ADF. Premium

Defence Business: Triton

Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

With the Triton due to hit an important milestone at the end of the year, it was heartening to see the platform in the flesh at Pax River working steadily towards that goal. Premium

Evolving the JTAC role

N0.52 Joint Terminal Attack Controller course at High range, during Exercise Black dagger 01/14. Credit: Defence

The introduction of new digital technology is likely to see the operational capability of Australia’s Joint Terminal Attack Controllers increase substantially across the spectrum of close air support operations. Premium

Fighting CBRN into the future

US Marines demonstrate their CBRN capabilities to soldiers of the JMSDF. Credit: Lance Cpl. Tyler Giguere [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The current CBRN threat, or at least perception of it, is increasing with the use of CBRN agents in Syria and Iraq by the Assad regime and ISIS, and is likely to be replicated by IS outside these countries by individuals wanting to create fear and inertia. Premium

ADF Weapons: Is Defence interest in non-lethal weapons waning? | ADM July 2014

The notion of acquiring new, enhanced non-lethal weapons, to provide deployed forces with greater options than through the use of lethal force, had its genesis in the 2009 Defence White Paper. And there it appears to have rested. Premium

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Sustainment for Anzac after ASMD confirmed

HMAS Parramatta went back into the water last week after undergoing the ASMD program in Henderson, WA. [Credit: Defence]
As foreshadowed in DWP last week, government has confirmed the Life of Type Assurance Program (LOTAP) for the Anzac class, once the ASMD program is completed next year.