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Army March 29, 2012
Cpl Max Bree and
Cpl Melanie Schinkel
A MASSIVE drop in security incidents
last financial year earned the security
team at Joint Operations Command
a place in the finals of the Defence
Excellence in Security Awards.
By taking a fresh look at security, the
team recorded a 93 per cent fall in secu-
rity incidents during 2010/2011.
The team conducts risk and threat
analysis within its operating environment
including assessments on physical, per-
sonnel and information security for the
Josh Cavanagh, the Deputy Director
of Security at JOC, believed his team's
nomination as a finalist was the result of
their new approach to security.
"My staff approached security from
a risk management perspective," he said.
"Attempting to move away from a more
traditional punitive or responsive security
model to a proactive and education-based
Mr Cavanagh said this cleared up
security responsibilities and let people
"take ownership" of issues.
"Working with such a geographically
disparate command and with the added
complexities of triservice operations, it
became crucial that this sense of secu-
rity ownership become part of the joint
The team is made up of five members
with backgrounds in military, federal law
and intelligence work.
Mr Cavanagh was "excited and
proud" after he learnt about the team's
selection as a finalist given the high cali-
bre of the other nominees.
"To give my team the chance to be
JOC security team a finalist in awards
identified in a field of excellence is a lit-
Complacency by some staff and a
lack of awareness to threats were the big-
gest security problems facing Defence,
according to Mr Cavanagh.
"There is a pervasive culture that
security is an afterthought or that it
doesn't really matter," he said.
"Complacency can lead to real-world
consequences and in reality all staff
should be constantly aware that, at the
end of the day, people in the field are
counting on us to do our part to keep
them as safe as possible."
Next edition will feature full coverage
on the awards and winners.
Team effort: JOC Deputy Director of
Security Josh Cavanagh said he was
"excited and proud" that his team was a
finalist in the Defence Security Awards.
Cpl Nick Wiseman
SOLDIERS on the ground may be doing
the hard yards but the decisions leading
to what and how they do their jobs come
from the command post, which units
across 1 Bde put to the test earlier this
The parade ground in front of 1 Bde HQ
at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, was trans-
formed by the soldiers of 1CSR into a fully
functioning command post to simulate the
battlefield control and decision making relied
on by unit commanders.
The Brigade Major, Maj David
McCammon, said it was an opportunity
to test and adjust before further training at
"This is the first activity to test our bri-
gade HQ and battle group HQ in a simulated
environment," he said.
"We're being supported by CTC and 17
Bde replicating a similar construct to what
will be used on Exercise Hamel."
Exercise Silicon Predator ran over two
weeks, with the first week a planning stage
which transitioned into an execution phase in
the second week.
As well as testing out brigade and battle
group command post drills, orders and plan-
ning, the exercise presented an opportunity to
test out new computerised battle management
systems such as Torch.
Torch allows real-time tracking of the
battlefield visually, so units are able to see
where enemy movements have been discov-
ered as well as the location of friendly forces
on the ground.
This information is entered into the sys-
tem by the men and women working in the
unit and brigade command posts.
HQ operator Tpr Zac Muscat, of 2 Cav
Regt, said it was the first time he had experi-
enced this type of exercise.
"I'm a radio operator working out of
Zero-Alpha, the command variant ASLAV,"
"My job is to maintain communications
and keep the command post operational,
allowing the staff to do their jobs effectively."
1 Armd Regt command troop crew com-
mander Cpl Matthew Youngs said he had also
never been involved this deeply in command
"It's a steep learning curve," he said.
"Since being involved I now understand
what other elements are going on behind the
scenes that the soldiers out on the ground
don't normally get to experience."
The brigade will be providing three battle
groups based on 5RAR, 2 Cav Regt and 1
Armd Regt, as well as a brigade headquarters
element, to Ex Hamel later this year.
Command post exercise trials new equipment
Top cover: A 2 Cav Regt command variant ASLAV is linked into the command post on the 1 Bde
parade ground. Inset, Headquarters personnel run a notional operation from inside the command post.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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