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Joint Capabilities Group

Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) was formed in July 2017 as a result of the formation of the Australian Defence Force Headquarters.

JCG is headed by the Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC), who is responsible to the Chief of Defence Force for the provision of Joint Health, Logistics, Education and Training, Information Warfare, Joint Military Police, ADF Reserve development and the implementation of Defence’s responsibilities in the National Action Plan for Women Peace and Security. CJC will also manage agreed Joint projects, and their sustainment, to support joint capability requirements.

JCG consists of the Australian Defence College, Information Warfare Division, Joint Military Police Unit, Joint Health Command, Joint Logistics Command, Women, Peace and Security, Reserve and Youth Division, the Australian Civil-Military Centre and ADF Sport.

Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald

Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC

The Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC) is Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC.

Air Marshal Warren McDonald was born in Hay, NSW and joined the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of 15 as an apprentice motor transport fitter. In 1989, he was commissioned and underwent pilot training. He has 5000 hours on the Orion.

He has had the privilege of undertaking numerous commands within Number 92 Wing, and on deployment and as the Commander of Air Mobility Group.

Air Marshal McDonald was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in July 2015, and served as the Deputy Chief of Air Force until 01 July 2017 when he was appointed as the Chief of Joint Capabilities within the Australian Defence Force Headquarters. He was promoted to Air Marshal in December 2018.

He is married to his very understanding wife, Sarah and they have two children.

Commands and Divisions


The Australian Defence College (ADC) was established to meet the strategic needs of the ADF for joint professional military education and individual joint warfare training.


Headed by the Head of Information Warfare, the Information Warfare Division (IWD) consists of four branches – Information Warfare Capability, C4 and Battle Management Capability, Capability Support Directorate and the Joint Cyber Unit.


Joint Health Command (JHC) provides health care to ADF members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, and, deployable elements of JHC for deployment in support of operations.


The Joint Logistics Command (JLC) mission is to lead the coordinated delivery of effective and efficient logistics to enable Defence to train, fight and win. CJLOG commands the ADF's logistics information systems, the logistics network of warehouses, maintenance, distribution facilities, and is the Head of the fuel supply chain.


Reserve and Youth Division's mission is to enhance the capacity of the ADF Reserves to contribute to the ADF capability and preparedness, and maintain a coordinated, coherent and well-governed approach to youth development, experience and recognition program in Defence, an in particular the ADF Cadets.


Australian Civil-Military Centre engages with, and supports, government departments and agencies, non-government organisations and international partners, including the United Nations, on civil-military issues to achieve focused outcomes for the region and globally.


Gender Advisor to CDF manages the implementation of Defence responsibilities in the Australian National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security.


The Joint Military Police Unit is a tri-service unit providing an intelligence-informed, responsive, mission orientated and preventative policing capability to support ADF Commanders at all levels.

ADF Sport

The mission of the ADF Sports Cell is to develop and enhance participation in ADF sports to support the ethos and values of the ADF in an environment that is enjoyable and appropriately administered and governed.

This page was last updated 4th March 2020.