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

EW: Defence seeks counter-GBAD trainer for aircrew | ADM May 2013

Under JP 3021’s first phase Defence plans to acquire a mobile threat emitter system to provide aircrew with EW training and mission rehearsal exercises against ground-based air defence (GBAD) systems. So far Australian aircrew have had to rely on the use of overseas EW ranges on an ad-hoc basis during Red Flag and similar exercises. Premium

EW and UAVs: Joint intelligence under DEF7013 | ADM May 2013

Government approval is now anticipated in FY 2014-15 for the final phase of DEF 7013 Joint Intelligence Support System (JISS), delays to which have enabled it to more thoroughly encompass its whole-of-government ambit. Premium

NCW: Joint Command Support Environment – JP2030 Phase 8 Update | ADM November 2012

Joint Project JP2030 has for several years refined, enhanced and upgraded the Australian Defence Forces Command and Control System Support capability. Despite the cancellation of one increment due to budget pressures, the current phase will continue this evolution through until at least 2016. Premium

Defence Business: Mission accomplished: The CTD extension program delivers 10 projects on time and on budget over five years | ADM October 2012

The CTD Extension Program (CTDEP) was announced in the Defence and Industry Policy Statement 2007, and was established to support the transition of successful CTD projects into Australian Defence Force (ADF) service. Premium

Land Warfare: Four contenders vie for JP2072 Phase 2B | ADM October 2012

In October last year Defence sought tenders for the Phase 2B requirements of JP2072’s Battlespace Communications System (Land). ADM understands there were four respondents, presumably each quietly hoping that this project does not lie stranded on the high altar of Budget Surplus. Premium

Land Warfare: JP2060: healthcare is on the way, slowly | ADM October 2012

The final phase of JP2060, a project established 16 years ago to deliver a deployable health capability for the prevention, treatment and evacuation of ADF casualties incurred in joint operations, is unlikely to go to tender until the final quarter of 2014. Premium

Land Warfare: Military medicine in NZ| ADM October 2012

If there is anyone qualified to comment on the New Zealand Army’s health services it is surely Lieutenant Colonel Chris Mitchell, Chief Staff Officer Health. Premium

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DST Group virtual training goes live

An Oculus Rift virtual head-mounted display. Outcomes of the study will inform research helping Army understand the potential of gaming technologies, such as virtual reality, for enhancing the quality of training. Credit: Sebastian Stabinger CC BY 3.0 bit.ly/1LJQJn0 via Wikimedia Commons
Up to 60 defence civilian and military personnel will be taking part in a study exploring virtual reality technology as a means to improve training, education and performance within the military environment.