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Annual Report 2014–15

Volume 1, Part 2 : Performance

Programme 1.11
Joint Operations Command

The Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AM, RAN, plans, controls and conducts campaigns, operations, joint exercises, and other activities on behalf of the CDF. The command is also responsible for the ADF’s commitment to the Coastwatch civil surveillance programme and Border Protection Command tasking, providing maritime surveillance assets that are tasked routinely in accordance with the Government’s direction.

Throughout 2014–15, Joint Operations Command assessed current campaigns to report on progress, risk and additional planning requirements. The Group established a capability to determine joint operational lessons to inform future planning and doctrine development.

The Group developed options for the Government to use available ADF capabilities for the conduct of military operations in immediate or crisis situations. It developed an assessment framework to identify areas of operational risk and provide a means to reduce those risks by enabling the synchronisation of single Service, joint and combined military activities within a whole-of-government framework.

Joint Operations Command conducted military operational planning, including the development and maintenance of contingency and operational plans. It routinely assessed the developing security environment to identify future planning priorities. As a result, it maintained relevant contingency plans for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, the evacuation of non-combatants, and stability operations.

Table 3.28: Programme 1.11 deliverables

Deliverable

Status

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Key

Met

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Substantially met

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Partially met

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Not met

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Provide input, in the form of reporting, analysis, plans and preparedness requirements, to the strategic-level Australian Defence Force Headquarters and Commonwealth national security decision-making committees on military options and operational matters associated with current operational commitments and future directed contingencies.

Status Met • • •

Plan, control, conduct and evaluate the ADF’s and, where applicable, the whole-of-government and/or coalition, contributions to government-directed operational commitments.

Status Met • • •

Plan, control, conduct and evaluate the ADF’s contributions to Defence Assistance to the Civil Community and Defence Force Aid to the Civil Authority, and plan for and coordinate search and rescue for military purposes.

Status Met • • •

Plan, control, conduct and evaluate the ADF’s participation in non-operational domestic and international joint, interagency and bilateral and multilateral exercises and engagement activities scheduled in the endorsed Programme of Major Service Activities. This includes certification of force elements capable of conducting joint operations across the spectrum of defined joint collective training levels.

Status Substantially Met • •

Certification of joint force elements was achieved for the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters. Implementation arrangements for other joint force training and certification are under development.

Strengthen Australia’s regional influence by deepening defence partnerships with the United States and with select regional powers and the evolution of a campaign approach to coordinate Defence activities across the region.

Status Met • • •

Maintain ongoing partnerships, collaboration and effective information sharing related to operational matters at the national level and effective engagement at the international level.

Status Met • • •

Provide advice to Service Headquarters, other Defence Groups and other government departments as necessary to support the development of policy and capability in relation to current, planned and anticipated operations.

Status Met • • •

Contribute to Group-specific reforms and cost reductions.

Status Met • • •

Table 3.29: Programe 1.11 key performance indicators

Key performance indicator

Status

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Key

Met

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Substantially met

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Partially met

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Not met

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Input to strategic level decision-making committees on military options and operational matters and other advice on the development of capability is timely and accurate.

Status Met • • •

Operations achieve the Government’s direction and intent and/or, where applicable, the whole-of-government strategy.

Status Met • • •

Forces are prepared, certified, deployed and sustained efficiently and effectively, and in accordance with agreed timeframes.

Status Met • • •

Operational options and plans are identified as innovative solutions that align with strategic guidance and contribute to meeting government direction, reduce risk, conserve resources and reduce adverse effects on directed ADF preparedness levels.

• • Status Partially Met

Joint Operations Command’s ability to identify and develop operational options and plans will be enhanced through continued development of its operational risk approach.

ADF operations and non-operational activities are planned, controlled and conducted in accordance with the promulgated rules of engagement and operational governance requirements in the areas of medical administration and clinical governance, and personnel, logistics, financial and contract management.

Status Met • • •

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