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August 10, 2017
Your new payslip: special four-page guide CENTRE
Exercise Talisman Sabre has
projected joint US-Australian
military might on the world stage
August 10, 2017
How do you rate Army’s
performance on Talisman Sabre?
“It was a dramatic demonstration of ADF and
coalition partners’ capability.
“It was extremely impressive for me and
extremely impressive for anyone who wanted
to look at our capability and know we’re very
“It was a test of putting the Army in the
field and seeing if it could do its job.
“Talisman Sabre shows all our lines of
effort knit together to achieve a really outstand-
How are your main lines of effort
“I’m very impressed by Socomd reform,
improvements in recruiting, joint and amphibi-
ous warfighting and modernisation.
“I’m also very impressed with the work of
the 860 reservists participating in Talisman
“We can’t yet be satisfied with the steps to
improve the retention of our force.
“Seeking to build resilience, rehabilitation
and inspire our people to serve and continue to
serve, are three components of retention that
need continuing work.
“I don’t think we should ever be satisfied.
If someone finds themselves injured, or they’re
not inspired to serve, or we’re not supporting
professional development and rehabilitation
of our people, then we’re not getting the full
potential of our force.”
How is Army’s recruiting this year?
“Our numbers are up to 89 per cent of recruit-
ing targets for ARA and Reserves.
“I’m still complaining about the other 11
per cent. I want to acknowledge it’s a substan-
tial step forward but it’s a step from which we
need to keep moving.
“We have the RFSUs helping enhance
Indigenous participation programs.
“Those efforts have seen a substan-
tial increase in bringing rural and regional
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders into our
“We respect the service they have offered
us for a century, and we gain access to the per-
spectives they offer.
“I’m pleased, but I’m not satisfied yet.”
You were recently awarded an AO in
the Queen’s Birthday Honours and
a Legion of Merit – Commander by
the United States. What do these
awards mean to you and Army
“I really receive them on behalf of an Army
that is taking great efforts to develop its capa-
bility; on behalf of soldiers who care for their
mates and an Army seeking to improve in
“I’m very privileged, but I do see it as more
a recognition of the team effort and building
relationships between Australia and the US.”
Do you believe Plan Beersheba is
delivering? Is the readiness cycle
“It’s coming together as a total force capability.
We saw Talisman Sabre as the certification of
3 Bde from readying to ready; the use of the
reserves and the use of the commonly struc-
tured brigades. I’m really pleased with it.
“The introduction of a tank squadron into
7 Bde from 2018 concludes the project that is
Plan Beersheba and it significantly enhances
readiness in our Army.”
Why the continued emphasis on
connectivity and integration?
“When I joined the Army, you could put sol-
diers, trucks, artillery pieces, and headquarters
together, mix it all around and there’s your bri-
gade. Then a signals regiment would provide
“We’re now seeking to create a digital net-
work. In a mature state, all the platforms, vehi-
cles and weapon systems are integrated.
“It’s secure, it degrades gracefully under
attack and it can rebound.
“You harness every weapon system, every
sensor and many layers of control to make the
whole greater than the sum of its parts.
“15 years ago, then CA Lt-Gen Peter Leahy
announced the Hardened and Networked Army.
I think we still have another 10 years to go to
“This is a quarter of a century transition
from an analogue Army to a network-by-
design digital Army.”
What do you think of the new ADF
“The services are components and the CDF is
legally in full command of the ADF – that has
a good unifying effect.
“I’m very impressed with the manner in
which the services all work closely together
and this is the next step in building the inte-
How do you rate the training
missions in Afghanistan and Iraq?
“What’s most impressive is the degree to
which those two partner military forces are
keen to have Australian training assistance and
“They want it, they’re learning from it and I
think they’re valuing it.
“Subject to government direction, I think
we’ll be doing this for a little while. Army has
the capacity to support it, if it’s in our national
interest to do so.”
Following Talisman Sabre, will
there be more exercises with
“I had a recent discussion about building
training opportunities between ourselves, US
Marine Corps, US Army and Japanese Self
“I think there will be continuing opportuni-
ties to work with partner nations.
“It quietly builds. I wouldn’t say to anyone
‘pack your rucksack today’, but you will see
more opportunities as we go.”
What do you think of the Enhanced
“I’m an average shot, I’m not a marksman and
I haven’t used weapons too frequently for a
few years. But the RSM-A and I were able to
centre 20 rounds in the upper torso of a Figure
11 target at 600m.
“That is a very good weapon. They’ve come
a long way since the SLR when I first joined.”
What are your favourite new
projects that are under way?
“I like Land 200’s digital-by-design network
hub. We need it to be the basis of everything
else we do.
“Land 400 is trialling combat reconnais-
sance vehicles (CRV) at the moment. That pro-
ject will re-equip Army with a modern armour
manoeuvre punch, when you combine the CRV,
infantry fighting vehicle and Abrams tank.
“I really respect the contribution made by
the M113 and the ASLAV but their time has
“The Soldier Combat Ensemble is very
effective in allowing a soldier to survive and be
aware on operations.
“When you put those together, you’re
operating in a network with various protected
manoeuvre effects - soldiers will be the most
aware and the most lethal agents we’ve ever put
on a battlefield.”
How is recruitment of women
“At the moment about 87 per cent of our force
is from 50 per cent of the population that are
men and only 13 per cent of the force from the
50 per cent that are women.
“I don’t mind how many women join a par-
ticular corps or how many serve in total. I want
us to get our fair measure of the population and
the talents they contain.
“I want to build a solid flow of female
recruits, of Indigenous people and those from
“If we don’t, we will be drawing from a nar-
rower and narrower sub-section of our popula-
tion. We need to remain an Army representative
of our entire nation.”
Cpl Max Bree sat down with Chief of Army
Lt-Gen Angus Campbell to discuss his
assessment of the year so far.
CA Lt-Gen Angus Campbell meets with
soldiers during his visit to Camp Baird in
the Middle East Region.
Photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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