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Army September 29, 2011
RESERVISTS and full-time sol-
diers will be working more close-
ly together under plans to boost
ARes capabilities and bolster reg-
ular Army brigades.
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney said the roll
out of Plan Beersheba and Plan
Suakin represented a new direction
in ARes capability.
Plan Beersheba will lift the
reserve contribution to Army's total
force. The intent of Plan Suakin is
to develop a contemporary Reserve
employment model that will take a
fresh look at how Defence engages
with, employs and drives capability
from the reserve component to opti-
mise its contribution to the ADF's
Army's broader modernisation
program under Plan Beersheba will
bring the full-time brigades into
a similar structure of multi-role
manoeuvre brigades, capable of
meeting a 36-month force genera-
tion cycle. This means new demands
will be placed on the ARes brigades
to better integrate with the ARA.
Plan Beersheba will then place
a significantly greater emphasis on
ARes operational capability.
In an address to the Defence
Reserve Association National
Conference at Keswick Barracks,
Adelaide, on August 20, Senator
Feeney said this would mean new
relationships between ARA and
"In essence, it is proposed that
each of the Army's three regu-
lar multi-role manoeuvre brigades
should develop an habitual relation-
ship with, and be supported by, two
of the ARes multi-role brigades,"
Senator Feeney said.
"These two ARes brigades will
be required to generate a battle
group for a 12-month period as they
too rotate through the 'ready phase'
of the 36-month force generation
He said other ARes units, sub-
units, small teams and individuals
would continue to be integrated
within the three regular specialist
brigades -- 6 Bde (combat support
and intelligence, surveillance, target
acquisition, reconnaissance), 16 Bde
(Avn) and 17CSSB.
Senator Feeney said the level of
integration being implemented by
each service was crucial to the long-
term role of the ADF Reserve in
support of national security.
"Defence is a complex beast. It
is also shaped by complex issues,"
Senator Feeney said.
"Despite the challenges with-
in this inherent complexity, I am
pleased by the proactive approach
taken by all three Services -- Navy,
Army and Air Force -- in developing
their Reserve capability as part of
the ADF's Total Force Concept."
Plan Suakin is a body of work
being done under the SRP's Reserve
Reform Stream (RRS) to develop
a triservice reserve employment
model capable of attracting and
maintaining reservists to contribute
to Defence capability.
A major milestone was the
recent contribution of permanent
and reserve personnel through
30,000 RRS surveys, which closed
in early September. This survey
forms a part of a sophisticated mod-
elling tool that will enable Defence
to make good evidence-based deci-
sions going forward.
Director RRS Jerome Reid said
the return rate was above 30 per
cent, which was high by any sur-
vey return standard and was indica-
tive of the keen level of interest and
engagement by Defence personnel
in the project. The RRS team is
now busy compiling data to inform
the plan for action.
Senator Feeney said integration
of reservists into a total force con-
cept could not stand alone without
the supporting employment model.
"The development of a contem-
porary employment model that con-
siders how the Reserves as a group
and reservists as individuals are
employed, how their work is struc-
tured and the conditions of service
that support them is essential if
Defence is to continue to enhance
its overall capability."
Closer ties for
ARA and ARes
By Capt Aaron Oldaker
NEW research funded by an ex-service
organisation will examine the risk of
Australian soldiers being prosecuted
for war crimes under Australian law.
The ACT branch of the Royal United
Services Institute (RUSI) of Australia
recently awarded a $2500 scholar-
ship to military prosecutor Maj Glenn
Kolomeitz to help him complete his PhD
into the investigation and prosecution of
Australian soldiers on operations overseas
under Australian war crimes law in com-
pliance with international obligations.
Maj Kolomeitz said it was important
in environments such as Afghanistan,
where Australians fought alongside troops
from other nations that are signatories to
the same international laws.
"Australia is a signatory to the Rome
Statute of the International Criminal
Court and we implemented that statute
into Australian law," he said.
"My study is an analysis of that
implementation, and whether in practice
Australian soldiers face the same risk of
prosecution under international law as the
soldiers of other nations.
"I think it's important research,
because this study examines the strategic
ramifications and operational implica-
tions for our soldiers overseas of the
enactment of war crimes provisions into
The $2500 was awarded under the Leo
Francis Mahoney Memorial Scholarship
in honour of a life member of the RUSI's
RUSI National Secretary Air-Cdre
Peter McDermott (retd) presented Maj
Kolomeitz with the scholarship certifi-
cate and a cheque at a dining-in night
also attended by the CDF Gen David
Hurley, CN VAdm Ray Griggs and for-
mer Governor-General Maj-Gen Michael
In accepting the scholarship, Maj
Kolomeitz thanked RUSI for appreciat-
ing the importance of more legal research
that would ultimately benefit Australian
personnel on operations and operational
"This is more than a cheque. This is
recognition, on the part of this institute,
of the value of informed and educated
legal support to both the command deci-
sion making process and strategic thought
more broadly," he said.
The RUSI of Australia has a long
tradition of promoting a better under-
standing of defence and national security.
It has several thousand members in all
states and the ACT and includes serv-
ing and retired members of the ADF and
others interested in defence and national
For more information on the RUSI go to
War crimes research
gets funding boost
Legally liable: A legal officer's PhD will examine the risk of Australian soldiers
being prosecuted for war crimes under Australian law. Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin
Reserve restructure: Reservists such as 51FNQR's Cpl Karl Dai
will work more closely with full-time units under plans to change the
structure of Australia's reserve forces.
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
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