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Outcome One: Command of Operations

Capability Performance Information

Output 1.1 Command of Operations

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force is required to plan, mount and conduct ADF campaigns, operations and other activities as directed by the Chief of the Defence Force.

Planning includes maintaining situational awareness, preparing operational concepts and plans, assessing ADF joint preparedness against the military response options that may be required by the Government, and developing other plans as directed by the Chief of the Defence Force. Effective command relies on clear command arrangements supported by timely and reliable communications and information systems.

Performance Targets Performance
Quality Australian operational concepts are developed to support ADF planning against credible contingencies. Achieved. Ongoing development of current and new Australian operational concepts.
Joint Operations Command provides guidance for joint force preparedness in accordance with the Chief of the Defence Force's direction. Achieved. The previous Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement was updated and joint preparedness is assessed and reported monthly.
Quantity Command of ADF forces is effective and the Government's strategic objectives for operations are achieved. This target was achieved. Command effectiveness continues to improve as revised joint command arrangements mature.
Phased implementation of new ADF operational command arrangements will commence. The target was achieved. The ADF operational command arrangements introduced in 2004 are proving effective and will continue to develop as the Joint Operations Command prepares for the occupation of new facilities to be built at Bungendore, New South Wales.

Output 1.2 Defence Force Military Operations and Exercises

ADF military operations, exercises and other activities contribute to the achievement of the Government's strategic objectives, as defined in the Defence White Paper. The following table lists ADF operations conducted over the year against these strategic objectives.

ADF joint and combined exercises are included in the Program of Major Service Activities. Exercise objectives include training in warfighting and related skills, aimed at confirming interoperability and joint capability and effective engagement with allies and regional partners. Peacetime national tasks are reported under Output 1.3.

Performance is summarised below, with additional information in the supporting tables.

Performance Targets Performance
Quality ADF operations meet Government directives. Achieved. 15 current operations and 10 that were ceased or completed met Government direction in 2004-05.
Forces identified for operational tasks maintain required preparedness levels. Achieved. Joint preparedness levels were monitored against the Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement. Preparedness deficiencies were reported and remedied where necessary.
ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained. Achieved. ADF forces were effectively deployed, sustained and re-deployed during the period.
The Program of Major Service Activities is reviewed regularly and modified where required. Achieved. The Program of Major Service Activities was regularly reviewed and modified in response to changing priorities, world events and to meet identified training deficiencies.
The major ADF exercise commitments for 2004-05 are met:
- Exercises Rimpac, Bersama Lima, Talisman Sabre 05 and Joint Kiwi 05.
Exercises Rimpac, Bersama Lima and Talisman Sabre 05 were conducted as planned. Exercise Joint Kiwi 05 was cancelled as the New Zealand Defence Force was not able to participate.
Quantity Number of current ADF operations. 15 current ADF operations, including 3 contributing to the security of the immediate neighbourhood; 6 supporting wider interests; and 6 peacetime national tasks.
Number of completed ADF operations. 10 completed ADF operations including: 1 contributing to the security of the immediate neighbourhood; 5 supporting wider interests; and 4 peacetime national tasks.
Total number of exercises programmed over 2004-05. 74 ADF exercises were programmed in the Program of Major Service Activities.
Number of conducted ADF exercises. 70 programmed exercises were conducted.
Number of cancelled ADF exercises. 4 programmed exercises were cancelled.

Output 1.3 Contribution to National Support Tasks

The ADF may be called upon to provide emergency and non-emergency assistance to the Australian community in non-combat-related roles. The tasks the ADF may be requested to undertake include emergency assistance, search and rescue, disaster recovery, surveillance and security or non-emergency law enforcement roles. These tasks are categorised as Defence Assistance to the Civil Community.

The ADF can be requested to undertake law enforcement-related tasks where the use of force by Defence personnel may be required. These tasks are categorised as Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities.

The ADF also contributes to the civil surveillance program, providing maritime surveillance that is tasked routinely in accordance with the Government's direction.

Peacetime national tasks undertaken by the ADF may include securing the Australian coastline from illegal immigration, smuggling, quarantine evasion and other intrusions to Australian sovereignty; counter-measures (including chemical, biological, radiological responses); counter-terrorism responses; search and rescue; and natural disaster relief. See Table 4.8 for operations for peacetime national tasks.

Performance Targets Performance
Quality The ADF contribution to peacetime national tasks meets Government directives. Achieved. 6 current ADF operations and 4 completed operations met the Government's direction for peacetime national tasks in 2004-05.
Forces identified to provide Defence Assistance to the Civil Community, Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities and search and rescue, maintain required preparedness levels. Achieved. Preparedness levels were continuously monitored against the Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement.
ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained. Achieved. ADF forces continued to be effectively deployed, sustained and re-deployed.
The ADF response to requests for search and rescue and emergency assistance tasks are effectively managed and reported. Achieved.
The ADF continues to conduct minor emergency and non-emergency assistance tasks from local resources where feasible. Achieved.
National support tasks undertaken by the ADF as significant emergency assistance, public events of significance and non-emergency law enforcement are effectively undertaken, managed and reported. Achieved.
National support tasks undertaken by the ADF as Defence Force Assistance to Civilian Authorities are effectively managed and reported. Achieved. The ADF continued to provide consequence management (biological and radiological) and counter-terrorism capabilities.
Quantity ADF support to the civil surveillance program, in consultation with Coastwatch, was provided at the following resource levels: This target was achieved. ADF support to the civil surveillance program was conducted with priority given to Operation Relex II. Some patrols in support of Operation Relex II were conducted in the civil surveillance program area of operations and met both requirements.
250 flying hours by P-3 surveillance aircraft, The rate of effort for these activities over 2004-05 was:1,723.8 P-3 flying hours in support of Operation Relex II and 21.5 hours in support of Operation Cranberry. A total of 1,745 P-3 flying hours.
240 Regional Force Surveillance Unit Patrol Days, and 441 Regional Force Surveillance Unit patrol days.
1,800 patrol boat days. 262 Fremantle-class patrol boat days in support of civil surveillance program, 582 days in support of Operation Cranberry, and 1,262 Fremantle-class patrol boat days in support of Operation Relex II. A total of 2,131 Fremantle-class patrol boat days.
Defence Assistance to the Civil Community: The following tasks were completed:
Category One - local emergency assistance; - the ADF was actively involved in local communities and provided local emergency assistance within resources;
Category Two - general emergency assistance; - 1;
Category Three - civil emergency or disaster recovery; - 1;
Category Four - public events of significance and general non-emergency assistance; - the ADF supported 31 public events of significance and 82 non-emergency assistance tasks during the year, as approved by the Government;
Category Five - minor non-emergency assistance; and - the ADF provided non-emergency assistance within local resources; and
Category Six - non-emergency law enforcement related tasks. - 3.
Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities. No requests.
Search and rescue tasks undertaken involving ADF assistance. 18 search and rescue tasks were undertaken.
Specified Army/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Community Assistance Program milestones are met. This target was achieved. The 2004-05 Program commenced during April 2005 and was completed in October 2005. Work was conducted in the Fitzroy River Valley, Kimberley Region, Western Australia. The 19th Chief Engineer Works was tasked with design and project management. The 17th Construction Squadron was the primary military construction agency. Additional support was provided by the Air Force, and Army logistics and health units.
The 19th Chief Engineer Works and the 17th Construction Squadron completed approximately $5m of work, including construction of houses, a medical clinic, an airfield, water storage, sewage systems and rubbish tips in and around areas such as Kadjina, Yakanarra and Yilli.
Training and primary health care programs were conducted to assist 12 communities in the region, including medical, dental, veterinarian, environmental health, and physical training instructor support.
Individuals, selected by their own communities, undertook training courses conducted by the Army:
  • Accredited courses: elements of Certificates 1 and 2 in General Construction.
  • Non-accredited courses: small engine maintenance, basic steel and aluminium welding, basic computer skills, kitchen hand skills, healthy living, basic house maintenance, and sport and recreation.
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