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By WO2 Graham McBean
FURTHER development of the Adaptive
Army initiative took centre stage as Lt-
Gen Ken Gillespie opened his second
Chief of Army Exercise, which was held
in Canberra on September 16-17.
Lt-Gen Gillespie said significant head-
way had been made since the 2008 exercise
but there was more work to be done.
He said logistics reform and harnessing
the power of modern technology -- par-
ticularly social networking capabilities
-- would determine much of the success of
Adaptive Army and Army's contribution to
the Strategic Reform Program.
"By far, the most challenging reform
aspects of Adaptive Army are the material-
management and knowledge-management
streams," Lt-Gen Gillespie said. "They are
an integral part of Army's core business
and are the most important elements to get
right in the Adaptive Army initiative -- if
we fail here our future will be bleak."
He said a material management culture
had developed where commanders hoarded
stores because they did not trust the system
to replace them in a timely manner when
broken or provide them at short notice for
"If you look at this approach across
Army, as I do, you can see that this is an
exceptionally wasteful way of doing busi-
ness and costs me more in sustainment
funding than should be the case," he said.
"Where I find efficiencies, the
Government will allow us to reinvest these
back into Defence and the Army."
Harnessing the power of modern tech-
nology, particularly social networking sites
such as Facebook and YouTube, was the
second theme central to maintaining the
forward momentum of the Adaptive Army.
The CA said he could not exploit the
full IQ of the Army when only 20 per cent
of soldiers regularly had access to the
Defence Restricted Network.
"Just imagine if all our people were
linked through a common network and
were able to contribute to various blogs
and forums, share lessons and have a say in
the way the Army operates," he said.
He said the issue underpinned the full
realisation of the Army's potential.
Adapting to a network
Practical: Pte Jesse Brooke on his
first deployment to East Timor.
Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
THE military discipline system
recommenced on September 22.
Two laws have been enacted which
amend the Defence Force Discipline
Act to reinstate courts martial and
Defence Force Magistrates to try seri-
ous service offences and cases elected
by the member.
The legislation also reinstates
the former system of petitions and
reviews for all service tribunals.
The latest measure revokes CDF
Order of the Day and his Directive
No 20/2009, when the High Court
of Australia ruled the Australian
Military Court (AMC) invalid under
the Constitution, causing an opera-
tional pause to the military discipline
system until September 7.
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said it
was critical that members, or former
members, of the Army who have
had a punishment or an order made
against them by the AMC were aware
of the punishment review mechanisms
and were assisted in lodging a petition
for a petition review when necessary.
"It is important to note that the
time limit for the lodgement of peti-
tions in relation to these matters
expires on November 23," Lt-Gen
"Accordingly, the Defence Counsel
Service is available to provide legal
support to Army members who are
affected by either a mandatory pun-
ishment review or have the option of
submitting a petition for a punishment
Army personnel who find them-
selves in one of the situations cov-
ered by the transitional provisions can
get guidance on these matters from
Defence Legal and through AHQ.
For more information visit http://intranet.
defence.gov.au/cdf, the CA's intranet site or
contact your legal officer.
Sharing knowledge: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie gives the
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
Mobile: Pte Ryan
body armour in Zabol
during his deployment
with MRTF 1.
Photo by Capt Lachlan Simond
THE recently fielded Modular
Combat Body Armour System
(MCBAS) is undergoing further
development work to provide sol-
diers and commanders even greater
options to modularise the equipment
to better deal with the prevailing
This will include adjustments to the
vest to enable greater body movement,
increased ventilation, and options to
reduce the weight of the body armour
in order to enable greater individual
Feedback from soldiers has
prompted the further development to
support the highly mobile tasks now
being done in Afghanistan.
No-one disputes the effective-
ness of the current DMO-designed
MCBAS equipment -- even under the
most extreme circumstances.
Pte Paul Warren lost his right leg
in the same IED blast the killed Pte
Benjamin Ranaudo on July 18.
He said as far as he was concerned
MCBAS saved his life.
"The body armour did its job really
well," Pte Warren said.
"My lower body was 'shrapped' up
really bad but my upper body wasn't
touched at all."
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said the
current MCBAS was undergoing fur-
ther development because the environ-
ment and the nature of the tasks that
Australian soldiers were being asked
to perform had changed.
Originally designed for use in Iraq
where the majority of operations were
mounted, it is now being adapted to
better deal with the dismounted opera-
tions increasingly being conducted in
The CA said future enhance-
ments would include expansion of the
armour to a multi-tiered system, giv-
ing commanders greater options for
ballistic protection and mobility to
meet prevailing threats.
"The weight and mobility trade-
off in these modular options is a key
determinate for commanders in assess-
ing which combination is best suited
for particular threat scenarios," Lt-Gen
Until the new body armour arrives,
SOTG and OMLT teams will continue
to use a lighter body-armour variant
that affords greater mobility.
Meanwhile, it is stressed that
Defence takes any feedback seriously
and personnel are actively encouraged
to provide feedback and report any
Lt-Gen Gillespie said the current
body armour provided superior ballis-
tic and blast fragmentation for soldiers
but providing soldiers with the best
equipment was an ongoing process.
"Defence always strives to con-
tinually improve our equipment based
on ongoing scientific testing as well
as the feedback it receives from the
soldiers on the ground," he said.
"MCBAS is a good example of
equipment that has been heavily
shaped by feedback from our troops."
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