The newly formed Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) is now open for business under command of the inaugural Chief of Joint Capabilities, Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald.
Responsible for managing raise-train-sustain functions of the ADF’s critical joint capabilities and military enablers, the JCG has assumed responsibility for Joint Health Command, Joint Logistics Command, the Australian Defence College and the newly formed Information Warfare Division.
The JCG is one of the key outcomes arising from the 2015 First Principles Review which recommend changes to the existing Defence Headquarters to support a more integrated approach to complement the Services’ responsibilities.
It’s the second phase in the ADF Headquarters (ADFHQ) Implementation Program; the ADFHQ was established in April with the appointment of Brigadier Georgeina Wheelan as Chief of Staff.
The new ADFHQ construct and the appointment of the Chief of Joint Capabilities and the Chief of Staff ADFHQ will allow VCDF, who has overall responsibility for ADF joint capability, to adopt a more strategic role.
AVM McDonald is currently undertaking a 100 day review to inform further the ADFHQ’s ongoing development.