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Cpl Mark Doran
A FORMER adviser to the CA who revitalised the
Army's approach to security has been nominated as
a finalist in the first annual Defence Excellence in
Ray Andersson's role with the Service Security
Authority -- Army was to provide strategic security
advice to the CA on all facets of Defence security policy
and its implementation in the Army.
Mr Andersson also developed, reviewed and moni-
tored the implementation of Army-specific security poli-
cy and was involved in the provision and management of
timely security intelligence to Army and Defence stake-
holders along with providing technical security advice.
Mr Andersson said he was quite chuffed and hon-
oured to be informed of his nomination as a finalist.
"When I joined the department in 2007 my prin-
ciple aim was to regain control of protective security
within Army as it was starting to lose its traction," Mr
"Incidents were occurring which needed attention
and were simple to fix. Security governance was falling
behind and required more efficient methods of providing
assurance to the CA and the Defence Security Authority."
Mr Andersson's first major role as when joining the
department was to develop the Army Security Plan,
which formed the basis of the Defence Security Plan in
As the Chair of the Army Security Working Group, he
was able to drive a number of changes which have had a
direct impact on improving security in the Army.
Mr Andersson said one initiative he took great interest
in was to encourage the development of security adviser
positions in Army.
From this work developed the Army Security
Addendum, which consolidated all the information from
DIA OPS 65-2 (Security Arrangements for Army) and
put it into a more user-friendly format for commanders
and unit security officers.
"We provided templates and pro forma enabling it
to become a one-stop shop for all commanders and unit
security officers to have a standardised format for their
security governance," he said.
"We also had to ensure we captured the informa-
tion commanders required to be able to undertake their
responsibilities for unit security effectively.
"The feedback I have received from units and regional
areas of the Defence Security Authority said it was an
Mr Andersson transferred from Defence in January
and is now based in Darwin as the Regional Security
Adviser for North Australia with the Department of
The Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security
Award for Outstanding Leadership in Security will be
awarded at the Australian War Memorial on March 27.
is a finalist in the
for his work
for the Army.
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