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TERMS of Reference (TOR) for
the five reviews of Defence culture
were released to the public on
July 7 and are available online.
The TOR by Sex Discrimination
Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick
into the treatment of women
in the ADF is also available on
the Australian Human Rights
The TOR for the following
reviews have been released:
Use of alcohol in the ADF.
Use of social media in Defence.
Personal conduct of ADF per-
Management of incidents and
complaints in Defence.
Review of leadership pathways for
Defence APS women.
Senior Defence leaders have
encouraged all Defence employees
to contribute openly and honestly
based on their own experiences.
The reviews will be overseen and
coordinated by a steering committee
chaired by VCDF Air-Mshl Mark
In parallel with these reviews,
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
announced a review into allegations
of sexual or other forms of abuse by
the external law firm DLA Piper.
The period for making allega-
tions to the DLA Piper review closed
on June 17.
DLA Piper has announced that
it will seek to address in its report
to the Defence Minister allegations
received after June 17 and before
the report is submitted by the end of
August this year.
The review team may not be able
to address all late allegations in its
report, but will include recommenda-
tions about what steps should be taken
in relation to those late allegations.
Mr Smith has already said pub-
licly that such allegations would be
handled sensibly. The terms of refer-
ence for this review can be found
on the DLA Piper website at www.
Ms Broderick is expected to
report on the treatment of women at
ADFA by the end of this year and on
the treatment of women in the wider
ADF early in 2012.
The remaining reviews are sched-
uled to report in July and August
TOR for the five reviews into Defence
culture are at www.defence.gov.au/
Treatment of ADF women www.hreoc.
Allegations of abuse www.dlapiper.com/
Review terms of reference released to public
DMO CEO Stephen Gumley retired
on July 7 after more than seven years
at the head of the organisation. Dr
Gumley was recognised for his work
when he was appointed an Officer
of the Order of Australia in the 2010
Australia Day honours. A joint state-
ment by Defence Minister Stephen
Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel
Jason Clare said Dr Gumley "had done
a difficult job very well". Dr Gumley was
appointed CEO in 2004 and in 2005
oversaw the transition of the organisa-
tion to an Australian Government pre-
scribed agency. Deputy CEO of DMO
Warren King will act as CEO until the
position is advertised.
THIS year's Army Art Show will be
held at Leeuwin Barracks in WA with
the opening night scheduled for 7pm
on August 12. Tickets for opening night
are by pre-purchase only and cost $30,
which includes drinks and canapés.
The show will remain open between
10am and 5pm on August 13 and 14.
Entry on these days is $2 per person at
the door. For opening night tickets call
(08) 9447 7141 between 4.30pm and
8.30pm weeknights. For more informa-
tion on the Army Art Show, go to
Century of sound
MUSIC from across the decades has
been featured in a double CD titled
Music from a Century of Leadership
recorded by the Royal Military College
Band. The CD covers the century since
the inception of RMC through to now
with a total of 44 tracks across two
discs. They are available now from the
Army Shop (www.armyshop.com.au)
for $25, with part of the proceeds going
to beyondblue: the national depression
Defence Material Minister Jason Clare
has signed a Global Supply Chain Deed
with multinational Defence company
Northrop Grumman -- the third largest
Defence company in the United States.
The Deed, signed on June 28, is the
first step in helping Australian compa-
nies access more opportunities through
Northrop Grumman's global supply
chain. "Northrop Grumman is a big addi-
tion to our Global Supply Chain program
and I'm pleased they have come on
board," Mr Clare said.
On page 2 of the July 7 edition of Army
RSM WO1 Dave Ashley was incorrectly
credited with being RSM of 8/9RAR. He
was RSM of 8/7RVR and 6RAR and has
recently returned from Afghanistan as
Combined Team-Uruzgan's RSM. He will
take over as RSM-A later this year.
Looking at culture: The terms of reference for the Defence culture reviews
have been publicly released.
Photo by LAC Luke Morris
By Lt-Col Nathan Juchniewicz
HECKLER and Koch HK417s have
been issued to 2RAR and Special
Forces units in a significant boost
to the long-range capabilities of
Australian soldiers on operations.
The 7.62mm HK417, along with a
selected group of ancillaries, will be
referred to by Army as the Marksman
Rifle System (MRS) and has been
described by a 2 Cdo Regt sniper as
bridging the gap between a sniper
rifle and a 5.56mm derivative.
Similar to the approaches taken
by UK and US forces, the Australian
Army has recently introduced the
MRS to better equip infantry and
Special Forces for the "ridgeline bat-
tle" in Afghanistan.
The Director General of
Development and Plans Army, Brig
Gregory Bilton, said the MRS had
been rapidly brought into use to sat-
isfy an operational need.
"This was based on a require-
ment to have a wider range of small-
arms systems that are suitable for the
type of operations that dismounted
combatants are confronted with in
Afghanistan," Brig Bilton said.
"The HK417 will be an interim
solution for the next few rotations
into Afghanistan. In the longer term,
Army Minor Project 48.43 is scoped
to permanently equip infantry pla-
toons with a MRS."
Maj James Cook from HQ
Forcomd coordinated the introduc-
tory training for the MRS and said
other units would be issued with the
weapon in the next few months as
they approached the readying phase
of the force generation cycle.
"All of the combat brigades and a
number of Special Forces units have
had selected personnel trained to
operate and maintain the MRS," Maj
"SASR assisted at short notice by
hosting the 7RAR snipers while 2
Cdo Regt hosted 3RAR, 6RAR and
8/9RAR snipers, with the remainder
of the training occurring at 3 Bde.
"During the introductory training
practices, the soldiers were impressed
with the reliability of the weapon and
the respective sighting packages for
the different mission profiles."
The HK417 is available in a range
of barrel lengths and initial investi-
gation from Socomd and Forcomd
selected the 16-inch variant.
Maj Cook said this balanced the
extended-range requirements with the
need to be suitable for combat mis-
sions likely for an infantry platoon,
including vehicle-mounted and urban
"Infantry will have their MRS
equipped with the Trijicon 6x48
ACOG optic and a piggy-backed
Ruggedised Miniature Reflex," Maj
"This day optic was chosen to
achieve some commonality with the
ACOG already employed by infantry
with the Austeyr.
"Special Forces will also be trial-
ling a 12-inch barrel variant of the
HK417 to determine if it is suit-
able for their unique mission require-
DMO has rapidly introduced the
HK417, which included testing with
a number of weapon suppressors as
well as day and night optics.
For night operations, the MRS in
infantry units will be equipped with
the clip on AN/PVS-26 (universal
night sight -- long range).
This night optic is being intro-
duced into infantry units for sniper
rifles and has been selected for the
MRS to achieve some fleet and train-
The MRS has been certified for a
variety of ammunition types, includ-
ing two types of ball, armour-piercing
and tracer rounds.
An ammunition optimisation
review for 7.62mm marksman rounds
will also occur as part of Army Minor
New weapon to
go the distance
Ranged in: 2RAR soldiers learn their way around the newly introduced marksmanship rifle system.
Photo by Maj Al Green
Length: 905mm (16-inch barrel,
Weight: 4.45kg (loaded)
Day optic: Trijicon 6x48 ACOG with
Socomd: Elcan specter
Range: 800m (planning)
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