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Vice Chief of the
Defence Force Group

Military Strategic Commitments Division

Military Strategic Commitments Division

Military Strategic Commitments (MSC) Division is headed by a 2-star officer (Head Military Strategic Commitments) - Major General PW 'GUS' Gilmore provides the strategic level management and situational awareness of potential and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) Commitments.

MSC supports the National Crisis Management Machinery along with providing the coordinated joint military strategic input for engagement with Government, other agencies, allies and coalition partners. The Division encompasses the Strategic Communication, ADF Parliamentary Program, Nature of Service Review and United Nations Engagement.


Head Military Strategic Commitments

Major General PW 'GUS' Gilmore

Head Military Strategic Commitments Division Major General PW 'GUS' Gilmore

Major General Gilmore assumed his current appointment as Head Military Strategic Commitments in Defence in December 2016. Prior to this he served successively as the Special Operations Commander Australia, Deputy Chief of Army and Commander Forces Command.

Major General Gilmore led the first Special Forces Task Group into Afghanistan in 2001 whilst serving as the Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2006 he commanded the coalition advisory team working with the Iraqi Joint Headquarters in Baghdad and he subsequently commanded all NATO and other Special Forces assigned to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan throughout 2010.

Within Australia, Major General Gilmore has served as the Director General Future Land Warfare and the Director General of Defence Public Affairs. In 2003 he was seconded for 18 months to the National Security Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Major General Gilmore is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, the British Royal Military College of Science, the Australian Army Command and Staff College, and the Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Deakin University.