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February 8, 2018
Cpl Julia Whitwell
INFORMATION Warfare Division (IWD)
stood up a new command following the
changes made to the Australian Signals
Directorate (ASD) late last year.
ASD has become a statutory authority
and the Defence Signals-Intelligence Cyber
Command (DSCC) was established on
January 29 to administer the ADF personnel
working within ASD.
Deputy Chief Information Warfare Maj-
Gen Marcus Thompson said DSCC would be
led by Director General Support to Military
Operations Cdre James McCormack.
“Beneath him will be the joint cyber unit
that was created on July 1 last year, and what
we’re calling the joint SigInt unit, which will
also be formed as a new unit,” he said.
“And of course the commander will have
his support staff at headquarters around him.”
The new arrangement will consolidate
New command for ASD
personnel from all three services under the
one command structure.
“We had some disparate command
arrangements, which had grown out of 70
years of evolution,” Maj-Gen Thompson said.
“What this structure does is streamline
the command arrangement so it is clear to
ADF members posted to ASD who is manag-
ing their career, and who has that administra-
tive and command responsibility for them.
“It will mean no change to their day-to-
day work. They will still go to work at the
same place, doing the same work, under the
same tasking authorities that come from
Director ASD, but this will improve their
overall management and welfare.”
Maj-Gen Thompson said DSCC would
adopt a model similar to Special Operations
“I don’t see us having a cyber corps, I
don’t think we need it,” he said.
“I tend to draw comparisons to the special
operations command model, where personnel
are selected from any rank, any trade, any
corps, any service, and provided those people
meet the selection criteria, they can be trained
and employed within Special Operations
Command. That is a good analogy for an
ADF cyberspace operations workforce.”
Game on in cyberwar – Page 11
S ANOTHER busy year for
Army begins, RSM-Army
WO Don Spinks, encour-
ages soldiers to be ready for
any task our government might assign
“We generally never know where
or when our next operation is going to
be,” he said.
“We should expect that our current
operations will remain constant for a
period of time, but we should always
be ready to deploy because we never
know what’s around the corner.
“The last day you had to prepare
for deployment was yesterday.”
RSM-A said Army’s biggest chal-
lenge was always to be ready when we
need to be.
“It will always be a challenge and
it should be at the forefront of our
minds,” he said.
“Today the joint environment is
essential to what we do and it would
be a bad day if Army had to conduct
operations on its own.”
“We need to work with the other
services, government and other agen-
cies, as well as our friends and coali-
tion partners to achieve the missions
we are given.”
As Army’s most senior soldier, his
career has spanned decades and he has
witnessed significant changes in the
service and how a soldier does his or
Providing sage advice on a sol-
dier’s military career he offered the
“In order to support CA’s priorities
today’s soldier needs to be brilliant at
the basics, have a robust personal and
work routine, hold yourself account-
able for your responsibilities and
uphold Army’s values,” he said.
“If a soldier is as proficient as
they can be at their job or role,
they should not need to think about
what needs to be done because the
basic task becomes instinctive or
“When people notice a soldier is
proficient and competent in their job
that soldier is likely to be given more
opportunities. This might include lead-
ership roles or promotion.”
RSM-A said a common mistake
he saw everyday across the Army was
errors of judgement and poor decisions
that contradict our core values of cour-
age, initiative, respect and teamwork
which, he admits, is a constant source
of frustration for him.
“If in doubt about something, we
should apply the values test to it; if it
doesn’t pass the test then you probably
shouldn’t be doing it,” he said.
“Our values determine who we
are and they are a great compass for
a young digger who isn’t sure which
way to go.”
As part of the value system RSM-A
hoped all soldiers aspired to, the man-
ner in which a soldier sought advance-
ment also spurred comment from our
“Another mistake I see is people
chasing ground or promotion when
they should be focusing on their job,”
“It’s absolutely okay to aspire to
advancement, but not at the detriment
of the organisation, those around you
or your job.
“Do your job to the best of your
ability and the rest normally takes care
RSM-A said an important charac-
teristic every soldier should possess
“Humility is an important compo-
nent of a person’s character,” he said.
“There’s no need to big-note your-
self. By all means take the praise,
rewards and accolades when they
come, but they should not be sought
out or advertised.
“It’s hard to be a good team player
if you promote yourself above all
Prepared for anything
RSM-Army WO Don Spinks says soldiers should always be ready to deploy, because ‘we never know
what’s around the corner’, Sgt Mark Doran reports.
RSM-Army WO Don
Spinks shares a laugh
with a group of soldiers.
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