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Army March 15, 2012
TWO defence industry health checks have confirmed
Australia is well-placed to support essential military
software and prevent detection of military equipment.
The most recent health checks focus on signature
management and in-country support for essential mili-
The Signature Management health check assessed
Australia's ability to develop and maintain technologies
that reduced the signature of ADF platforms, making
them less likely to be detected by sensors like sonar,
radar and infra-red.
The Support of Mission and Safety Critical
Software health check measured Australia's ability to
adapt and maintain software that was integral to com-
munications and activities including situational aware-
ness, enemy detection and deployment of weapons.
For more information on all priority industry health checks go to
Cpl Max Bree
DEFENCE industries can expect fierce competition
from the mining sector in attracting skilled workers,
according to a discussion paper released last month.
The paper is part of a wider study into how well
Australian industries can compete for major defence
contracts and is being carried out by DMO and Skills
The paper highlights the different sectors competing
for skills and asks how government, industry and the
training sector can work together to manage demand
for skills over the next decade.
While skilled migration may be a source of skills
for the defence industry, the paper said the security
requirements in some jobs could make some skilled
The paper linked the study of science, engineering
and mathematics by high school students to the supply
of skilled workers for defence industries and asked how
to encourage young people to study these subjects.
The paper also asks what role ex-service personnel
can play and how to improve staff retention/attraction
in defence industries.
Public submissions are open until April 5 and a final
report is due in June.
The discussion paper can be viewed at www.skillsaustralia.gov.au
Defence sector faces
in good shape
Lt Jesse Platz
BIG changes are under way at
139 Sig Sqn, which was for-
mally renamed the 7th Combat
Signal Regiment (7CSR) during
a parade at Gallipoli Barracks
on February 24.
The regiment will operate as
an independent unit on the order
of battle and its size will increase
from 116 to almost 300 full-time
CO Lt-Col Steve Frankel said
the changes were needed to give 7
Bde the same signals capability as
The change will support the
three-year force generation cycle
in preparation for Plan Beersheba.
"Already, 7CSR has soldiers
deployed with MTF 4 and CT-U
3 in Afghanistan, with the Timor-
Leste Task Group and with the
Regional Assistance Mission to
Solomon Islands," Lt-Col Frankel
"We have provided soldiers
to MTF 5 and have force con-
centrated to generate and mount
the seventh rotation of the Force
Communications Unit to the
Commander Forcomd Maj-
Gen Mick Slater said diverse
operational commitments and dig-
ital modernisation demonstrated
the need to establish and grow
"The unit is still in its infancy
and yet it's already fully com-
mitted to many significant tasks
across the Army," he said.
"The capability we need is
more than a new unit name and
flag; it's the sum of the knowl-
edge, skills, attitude and profes-
sionalism of its entire people to
carry out the full range of tasks
required by 7 Bde."
The first formation issued
with digital radios and the Battle
Management System was 7 Bde
and the new technology was used
by 7CSR on Exercise Talisman
Sabre last year.
Previously, 139 Sig Sqn was
an integrated unit focused on
The title of 7CSR came into
official effect on January 1.
Regiment steps up
Shift from 139 Sig Sqn to 7CSR more than just a name change, CO says
Formal change: The soldiers of 7CSR march onto the parade ground on a wet day at Gallipoli
Barracks to officially mark the formation of their new unit.
Photo by Cpl Glen McCarthy
Cpl Max Bree
FOUR Australian horsemen cast in bronze at 1.5 times life
size will form the new Boer War Memorial on Anzac Parade
in Canberra. The design (pictured) of Australian troopers
patrolling on horseback through the South African veldt was
unveiled by CDF Gen David Hurley on March 1.
The chosen sculptor, Louis Laumen, was recently made
famous by his statutes of Shane Warne and Don Bradman
outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The challenge now remains to raise the $4 million
required to build and maintain the memorial.
Col John Haynes from the National Boer War Memorial
Association made a special offer to get the donations rolling.
"If you have got a million dollars in your pocket and you
would like to have your face on one of the troopers,
we'll see what we can do."
About 23,000 Australians served
and 1000 died in the Boer War.
Six Victoria Crosses were among
the 166 bravery medals awarded.
Australia sent 43,000 horses to the
war, none of which returned.
For more information and to donate
go to www.bwm.org.au
Boer War memorial unveiled
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