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TWO ASLAVs collided during a
training activity at the Puckapunyal
Military Training Area on May 22,
injuring 10 soldiers.
Local emergency services treat-
ed the soldiers, who were admitted
to civilian and Defence facilities for
a range of serious through to minor
The four soldiers treated at civil-
ian hospitals were later transferred
to the Puckapunyal Health Centre.
The other six injured soldiers
were treated at Puckapunyal Health
Centre and all 10 have since been
All but one have returned to
The Army is continuing to pro-
vide support and medical treatment
to the soldiers.
The Victoria Police con-
ducted an investigation into
the accident and an ADF
Investigative Service investigation
Soldiers injured in ASLAV
collision at Puckapunyal
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DEFENCE has released the out-
comes of the social and economic
assessments of the impacts associ-
ated with the six-month rotations
of 1100 US Marines in Darwin
proposed to start in 2014.
The assessments found that
most impacts resulting from a
rotation of 1100 Marines were
expected to be positive or neu-
tral, and that the economic impact
would be modest and positive.
The social assessment noted
that there was limited scope for a
rotation of 1100 Marines to have a
major social impact.
While there is potential for
some negative social impacts,
these were not judged to be
large enough to cause concern
to the great majority of people
The social assessment
acknowledged concerns raised by
some members of the community
about the rotations, including air-
craft noise, air traffic safety, sex-
ual assault and the adequacy of
legal arrangements governing the
presence of US military personnel
These issues will form part
of the Australian Government's
consideration as it determines the
detailed arrangements for future
US Marine Corps rotations. A
decision on the 2014 rotation is
expected in the near future.
The economic assessment
suggests that a rotation of 1100
Marines is expected to contrib-
ute an additional $5.6 million to
the Northern Territory Gross State
Product in 2011-12 dollars, or
$5090 a Marine.
Industry would benefit in the
retail trade, transport, recreational
and other business service sectors.
The economic assessment
noted it was likely there would
be additional expenditure into
the Australian economy over and
above the conservative estimates.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
and US President Barack Obama
announced the rotations on
November 16, 2011, in support
of long-held strategic interests in
supporting US engagement in the
region to promote peace, stability
The intent over coming years
is to establish a rotational presence
of up to a 2500-person Marine
Air Ground Task Force, rotating
into northern Australia in the dry
The Social Impact Assessment is availa-
ble at: http://www.defence.gov.au/pub-
The Economic Impact Assessment
is available at: http://www.
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Future of drones
Criminal investigations, crowd monitoring and disaster relief functions
CDF Gen David Hurley has advised all
Defence personnel to remain vigilant
in the wake of alleged Islamist terror
attacks in Europe last month.
A British soldier was attacked and
killed by two assailants while walking
down a London street on May 22,
and, in what may have been a copycat
attack, on May 25 a uniformed French
soldier was attacked and stabbed while
on a patrol in Paris.
Gen Hurley said personnel needed
to be alert, but not alarmed.
"Although there is no evidence
of similar threats to ADF or Defence
personnel, there is the possibility of
further copycat attacks," he said.
"All Defence personnel are to
ensure that they exercise enhanced
personnel security awareness and
vigilance, particularly when off base
and in uniform.
"You should exercise sensible
security precautions, such as avoiding
known or likely trouble spots, and take
extra care in what you reveal about
yourself and your planned activities in
The Defence Security Agency
(DSA) assessed that an increase in
SafeBase warning levels was not
required but recommended base
security managers review security
arrangements at all Defence bases
to ensure they are effective and
"As always, if you become aware
of anything suspicious or unusual you
should report it, either through the chain
of command or to the DSA Security
Intelligence Team," Gen Hurley said.
The DSA Security Intelligence Team can
be contacted on (02) 6266 2811 or at
Stay alert against attacks
will be modest
Cpl Max Bree
THE debate about "drones" or
remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)
needs to move beyond military
applications and also discuss their
civilian uses, including corporate
and individual applications, VCDF
Air-Mshl Mark Binskin said at the
National Press Club in Canberra on
Speaking at the launch of the
Sir Richard Williams Foundation's
Dronepower website, Air-Mshl Binskin
said although the term "drone" had
become a catch-all phrase, "we're
looking to promote a national
discussion about a broad spectrum
of aviation platforms with various
functions and capabilities, from Global
Hawk size to nanotechnology, from
aircraft with humans in the loop, to
fully autonomous platforms".
Air-Mshl Binskin said Australia
needed to consider the opportunities
and challenges RPAs presented.
"In terms of opportunities, RPAs
have a range of characteristics that offer
advantages, including long endurance,
stealth and reduced risk to the operator,"
"RPAs have been a force multiplier
in Afghanistan, providing crucial
situational awareness for the ADF.
Into the future, the ADF sees a role for
long endurance unmanned platforms,
especially for patrolling Australia's
enormous maritime environment.
"At this stage, Australia is not
looking to acquire armed RPAs, but this
is an issue future governments and the
ADF will need to consider in shaping
future air combat capability."
Air-Mshl Binskin said there
had been much less attention on
opportunities in the civil domain.
"We will increasingly see RPAs
used for criminal investigations, traffic
management, crowd monitoring, search
and rescue, disaster relief, the resources
sector, transport and general freight and
"Imagine if a fire brigade could
deploy an RPA to provide them situational
awareness on their way to a fire.
"The public will one day fly in pilotless
aircraft and that will be the true test."
With more drones being used, the VCDF
said there were many issues to be worked
through, including ethical, legislative,
technical and regulatory considerations.
"What aviation experience is required of
RPA operators? When and where can RPAs
"How do we govern the processing and
storage of images and data from RPAs,
especially in the non-government sector?
"As RPAs become more widely available,
they could also be used for terrorism and
criminal activities like smuggling."
Air-Mshl Binskin said the public
should stay aware of new developments in
the field and discuss how they were being
"RPA technologies are rapidly evolving
and it is important that we have an
informed public discussion about what
these aircraft can offer and the issues and
challenges they bring," he said.
"As a nation we need to make decisions
on how RPAs and ultimately drones will
support our future needs in areas such as
transport, agriculture, public safety and
For more information go to the Dronepower
website at www.dronepower.org.au
Technology: Shadow UAV Group 2 provides overwatch on the battlefield for
Combined Team Uruzgan and the Special Operations Task Group. Future craft
could operate on their own.
Photo by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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