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Army May 9, 2013
DEFENCE Science and
(DSTO) has pledged to
increase soldier involvement
in research in its strategic
plan, unveiled at RAAF Base
Fairbairn on April 12.
The plan provides the
organisation's direction for the
next five years, with a strong
emphasis on building and
maintaining partnerships with
defence industry, universities
and other research institutions.
It will be delivered through
10 initiatives grouped under
four themes: delivering sci-
ence excellence and outcomes
for Defence; shaping defence
and national security; creating
opportunities and anticipating
the challenges of tomorrow;
and being a valued organisa-
tion with a more collaborative
and innovative culture.
Chief Defence Scientist
Alex Zelinsky said the 10 stra-
tegic initiatives would drive
the organisation to refocus its
efforts toward excellence and
innovation so it was better
placed to support Defence's
future capability needs.
"Science and technology
support to Defence operations
will remain DSTO's absolute
priority," Dr Zelinsky said.
"And as part of that support,
we will move to ensure that our
innovation is put into the hands
of the warfighter as quickly as
"One of our strategic initia-
tives will look to involve all
key players in a single, coor-
dinated system that takes our
best science and technology
and applies it where it's needed
in the shortest possible time.
"Another strategic initiative
will help us become more cli-
ent focused. We will improve
transparency in the process for
developing our science pro-
gram by having a closer and
deeper dialogue with our cli-
ents to identify their priorities.
"Our increased future focus
will consolidate our investment
in strategic research to con-
centrate on those high impact
priority areas that will provide
for Defence, including new
research programs in space and
Three areas of DSTO capa-
bility have been identified for
growth: cyber, surveillance and
space systems, and autono-
The DSTO Strategic Plan will be
implemented from July 1 and can be
viewed online at www.dsto.defence.
RESERVIST officer training will be
aligned with regular Army standards
when a new all-corps officer training
continuum is implemented in November.
The reserve captain course and reserve
major course will each comprise two mod-
ules of seven and 16 days under the new
The first modules of both courses will
be based on command, leadership, man-
agement and training, and the second
modules on foundation warfighting plan-
Maj Gary Melling, of Duntroon, said a
team from HQ RMC was working closely
with personnel from the Land Warfare
Centre, 2 Div, QUR and DROCM-A to
design and implement the new program.
"It was identified in 2011 that the ARes
officer training continuum was not pro-
ducing the capability requirements Army
needed and Commander Forcomd directed
it be aligned, where practical, with the
ARA officer training continuum," Maj
Course attendance will be managed in
the same way as ARA courses, with gen-
eral service officers and combatant spe-
cialist service officers (SSOs) attending all
modules, while non-combatant SSOs will
attend both modules of the captain course
and only module one of the major course.
Maj Melling said the first modules of
both courses would remain similar after
the change, but the second modules would
have an increased emphasis on opera-
Scientists plan for
Reserve officer training to be aligned with ARA standard
tions training to align the reserve courses
with the ARA training -- a requirement of
Plan Beersheba in which the ARes will
be linked with three multi-role combat
DROCM-A will release signals provid-
ing more information on the changes and
the transition to the new scheme.
"QUR will manage all transition
arrangements to the new course suite,"
Maj Melling said.
"If an ARes officer is deemed qualified
under the previous training scheme, there
will be no need to attend the new courses.
"The training will continue to be cen-
trally located and conducted at QUR,
Enoggera, with the modules scheduled so
they can be completed separately or back
to back, but there will be a requirement to
complete module one before module two."
The reserve captain and major courses
held in June and September will be the
last under the old system.
Maj Melling said the alignment would
place more emphasis on the need for
ARes officers to ensure they complet-
ed all prerequisites before attending the
"The alignment will enhance capabil-
ity, ensure ARes officers are able to more
effectively integrate with the ARA and
place a greater emphasis on conventional
operations and achieving the intent of
Plan Beersheba," he said.
into effect in
Cpl Mark Doran
THE Heathcote Rd entrance to
Holsworthy Barracks will be moved in
a change expected to ease traffic conges-
tion, according to Defence Parliamentary
Secretary Senator David Feeney.
Work on the new entry has already
started as part of the $870 million
Moorebank units relocation project.
"Once work on the new entry is com-
plete, the improvements are expected to
reduce traffic congestion in the area by
around 30 per cent," Senator Feeney said.
The main barracks entry will be
moved from its current location, close to
Holsworthy Railway Station, about 800m
south on Heathcote Rd.
The entrance relocation, which is
expected to be completed later this year,
will be accompanied by upgrades to
about 600m of Heathcote Rd.
New entrance for Holsworthy
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