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Capability Development Group


The Group's total spend for 2004-05 was $39.5m, consisting of $2.8m capital budget and $36.7m operating budget (of which $3.7m was managed on behalf of the portfolio).

As at 30 June 2005, the Capability Development Group had 147 military personnel and 111 Australian Public Service staff 1.

Key Achievements for 2004-05

The following significant projects progressed for Government decision included:

  • acquisition of an additional squadron of 12 trooplift helicopters together with associated training and support equipment and facilities (AIR 9000 Phase 2);
  • the upgrade of the F/A-18 aircraft's electro-optic imaging weapons system (AIR 5376 Phase 2.4);
  • the upgrade of the area air defence missile system in four of the Adelaide-class guided missile frigates and the acquisition of stock to outfit the ships (SEA 1390 Phase 4B);
  • acquisition of equipment to improve healthcare in future deployments, including disease prevention and diagnosis, casualty treatment and casualty evacuation (JP 2060 Phase 2B);
  • first pass approval for a number of major projects including Australia's new air warfare destroyers, the provision of funding to undertake platform systems design and the Aegis combat system design and the selection of a ship builder (SEA 4000 Phases 1C, 1D and 2); and
  • rapid acquisition to equip the AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft with electronic warfare self protection systems to protect the aircraft and the crew against threats caused by surface-to-air missiles (AIR 5276 Phase 4).

Other initiatives in support of capability development included the:

  • completion of the first Defence Capability Strategy in April 2005, which clearly links strategy to capability decisions;
  • development of Materiel Acquisition Agreements with the Defence Materiel Organisation for 194 legacy acquisition projects, as well as improved arrangements for project and financial reporting;
  • establishment of the Network Centric Warfare Program Office to oversee capability integration by fostering consistent architectures and standards;
  • establishment of the Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation Program to accelerate the ability of the ADF to conduct Network Centric Warfare. This unique program aims to rapidly resolve operational problems through a number of specialised teams recruited from a broad cross-section of industry; and
  • establishment of the Joint Combined Training Centre Project, which aims to enhance existing bilateral training in order to increase and measure operational capability and preparedness, improve interoperability and facilitate capability development.

  1. Further information on Defence's people can be found in Chapter Three - People. [ back ]
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