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Vice Chief of the
Defence Force

Force Integration Division

Force Integration Division

Force Integration Division's role is to execute the Joint Capability Management, Command, Control, Communications, Computer Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Design Authority, Joint Test and Evaluation, and Integration and Interoperability assurance roles on behalf of the VCDF.

It does this in close cooperation with Force Design Division, the Services, Groups, other Government Agencies, Allies and industry to implement and assure this design within the Joint Force.

Head Force Integration

Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith, AM

Head Force Integration AVM Stephen Meredith

Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1986. After completing navigator training he completed a flying tour with 37 Squadron on C-130E aircraft prior to converting to F-111 strike aircraft in 1991. After completing F-111 conversion, he completed a flying tour at No. 1 Squadron. In 1995 he commenced a long association with 6 Squadron during which time he has held a range of positions culminating in being appointed to Command the squadron in 2006. In 2008 he was appointed Officer Commanding 42WG, and contributed to the introduction into service of the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.

He has held staff positions in F-111 related projects, Capability Development and during 2012 was Chief of Staff to the Chief of Defence Force. Air Vice-Marshal Meredith was promoted to Air Commodore in 2013 and served as the Deputy Air Commander Australia, Headquarters Air Command. In December 2014, he was appointed Commander Aerospace Operational Support Group and became the inaugural Commander of the Air Warfare Centre upon its formation in January 2016. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2016 for his contribution to Air Force Capability sustainment.

Air Vice-Marshal Meredith is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College in Canberra. He has deployed twice to the US Air Forces Central Command Combined Air Operations Centre as a Battle Director in 2011 and as the CAOC Director in 2017. He was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and appointed to his current position as Head Force Integration in December 2017.

He is married to Sue and they have a daughter, Giaan and son Benjamin. His interests include golf, fishing, rugby and travel with his family.