ADM DMO/Industry team of the Year Award for Excellence 2009

WINNERS: Essington Lewis Trophies

Most Outstanding DMO/Major Company Team for 2009: Combat Support Systems Project Office and Raytheon Australia

Most Outstanding DMO/SME Team of 2009: Australian Super Hornet Project Office and Logistic Engineering Services


Major Acquisition Category:
WINNER: Combat Support Systems Program Office and Raytheon Australia
For exemplary achievements in working together to deliver Land 58 Phase 3, a capability solution that has exceeded the expectations of the user, and which was delivered on time and within budget.

Minor Acquisition Category:
WINNER: Training Aircraft Systems Program Office and Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd
For exemplary collaborative project management, risk sharing and innovation in delivering the B300 Interim Light Transport capability to the RAAF’s Number 38 Squadron.

WINNER: Hydrographic Systems Program Office and BAE Systems
For outstanding collaboration and conspicuous achievement as an integrated team in the phasing-in and operation of the Hydrographic In-Service Support contract during 2009.  

• Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office and L-3 MAS Canada
Commended for the absolute success of RAAF F-A/18 Centre Barrel Replacement program which was only possible through the excellent collaboration and teamwork.  

• Command & Intelligence Systems Support Office and Thales Australia
For collaborative efforts to not only respond effectively to operational demands and develop innovative solutions to new user requirements, but for also implementing ways to work ‘smarter’ without compromising quality, schedule or cost.

Rapid Acquisition
WINNER: Australian Super Hornet Project Office and Logistic Engineering Services
For rapid development of the Super Hornet Logistics Support Analysis database and associated maintenance documentation including Technical Maintenance Plans, Planned Servicing Schedules, authorised spares listings, and the initial loading of the Air Force's Computer Aided Maintenance Management system.

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ADM2010 sets the agenda

Minister for Personnel, Materiel and Defence Science Greg Combet opened the event with a wide ranging presentation on the recent performance of the government against the various reports and recommendations currently on the agenda.
Combet announced that the living document concept of the Defence Capability Plan (DCP) launched at D+I in 2009 would come to pass. Combet reiterated that the Government intends to update the public version of the Defence Capability Plan about every six months.

He also announced that Defence would be moving back to the 10-year DCP, as well as a range of improvements to the planning bible including:
• Increasing the level of detail of project descriptions
• Describing any Priority Industry Capability (PIC) aspects of projects
• Outlining applicable Australian Industry Capability (AIC) guidelines particularly for projects which are approaching Second Pass Approval
• Including improved information on timings for market solicitation activities
• Reinvigorating existing forums such as the Environmental Working Groups.

“The DCP will continue to be adjusted over time due to various factors that emerge as the capability development process progresses, including: changing strategic priorities and economic circumstances, the maturity of projects and the evolution of technology in the options under consideration, and operational experience,” said Combet.

DMO CEO Dr Stephen Gumley updated the Defence community on how the DMO is performing under the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) and the various project schedules that the oprganisation faces. He was pleased to announce that the DMO had reached the five per cent savings goals expected in 2008-2009 that he announced at the previous ADM Congress, amid much concern about the capacity of the DMO and industry to meet the target. He also provided a frank analysis of the ANAO DMO Major Projects Report.

More detail on the metrics seen in the CEO’s presentation, a PDF of the slides used can be downloaded from the ADM2010 conference website at

BAE Systems CEO Jim McDowell provided some much needed levity and wit to the proceedings with insights into how Defence Industry will deal with the cultural change being asked of both Defence and Industry to make sure the SRP comes together as planned. With some lessons learned from both the UK and US reform programs, McDowell emphasised that trust will be the defining factor in the relationship between the two parties in the years to come.

The National Security Committee (NSC) has its work cut out for it in the lead up to the end of the financial year. While the most recent meeting a range of project confirmations (including the Chinook helicopters, competition for the naval helicopters and Hercules upgrades), speakers at the ADM2010 Congress said that there was still much to be done if the schedule of the Defence Capability Plan was to stay on track.

Capability Development Group chief Vice Admiral Matt Tripovich expects to take about four projects a month to NSC for either first or second pass approval but Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Mark Thomson estimates that it will need to be closer to seven projects a month if the DCP is to stay on track.

Other speakers from Defence and Industry included:
# Paul Johnson, Managing Director, Lockheed Martin Australia
# Chris Jenkins, Managing Director, Thales Australia
# John Duddy, Managing Director, Boeing Defence Australia
# Professor Robert Clark, Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Organisation
# Andrew Davies, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
# Michelle Kelly, Acting Head Acquisition and Sustainment Reform Division, Defence Materiel Organisation
# David Welch, General Manager, Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) Program
# Mark Hodge, Chief Executive Officer, Defence Materials and Technology Centre (DMTC)
# Tony Quick, Director - Defence Industry Innovation Centre, Enterprise Connect Division, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
# Nigel Whelan, General Manager, Australian Defence Apparel

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