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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
22 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 the Poster’s Page I am happy to make a contribution in line with the theme of ‘Supply Community Enhances Navy Capability’. There are numerous opportunities at a range of levels and at all stages of capability development and management which I will cover throughout this article. BY LCdR BEn FaVELLE, Ran With the release of the White Paper just around the corner, it is very exciting for budding supply officers to think about the new capabilities due to be commissioned within the next five years or so. Of particular note are the upcoming additions to the surface fleet of the AWDs and LHDs. It is exciting to think that the commissioning Supply Officer of HMAS HOBART (the first of the AWDs) is probably currently serving as a DSO, or very close to it. Planning is progressing based upon providing the first crew (for HOBART) in 2012, followed by HMAS BRISBANE in 2014 and HMAS SYDNEY in 2016. So too, would the commissioning Supply Officer of HMAS CANBERRA probably be at sea right now in their first charge job – the SOs in LHDs will be Commanders. HMAS CANBERRA is currently expected to be crewed in 2013 and HMAS ADELAIDE in 2014. Other than the seagoing opportunities which abound, there are a variety of environments in which Supply Officers can contribute to the development and management of capabilities. The Capability Technology Management College (previously Australian Technical Staff Officers’ Course) based on campus at ADFA, is a fantastic means of beginning a foray into the capability management environment. Each year, one Supply Officer is enrolled in the CTMC. The primary aim of this course is to provide the technical basis on which officers can subsequently be employed within the Capability Development Group (CDG), Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) or any other element of Defence involved with Capability Management. Graduates leave the course with a Masters in Management Studies in Defence Capability Development and Acquisition and I am reliably informed that the study tour consistently visits more exciting locations than the ACSC study tour! I would also encourage any officers interested in capability management and/or Integrated Logistics Management to study in their own time if CTMC is not an option. The sponsorship of study within Defence offered under DASS and civil schooling provide no better incentive to study. Within CDG, the Supply Community currently has two dedicated billets at the LEUT/LCDR level, both within the aviation capability development (Project Air 9000). Where possible, these opportunities will be reserved for graduates of CTMC. Beyond CDG, the delivery and maintenance of capability is generally the responsibility of DMO and for supply officers, there are no less than 25 opportunities for LEUT/LCDRs and these are all around Australia. If you are harbouring aspirations of being a SPO Director in the future, or even a sustainment manager, it would be in your interest to pursue any of the numerous positions within any of the SPOs as your career develops. This can be accommodated no matter where your geographic preference is, including Sydney (MCDSPO, FFGSPO and possibly the AWDSPO), Rockingham (COLSPO and ANzSPO), Cairns (HSSPO) and even in Darwin, where we have recently had an officer working out of branch within the PBSPO. There are a variety of opinions about the best time to work within the DMO, but most who work within DMO agree that it is a valuable experience and I would encourage all junior officers to factor it into their Five Year Career Plans. Navy Headquarters (in particular the Directorate of Navy Capability, Performance and Plans) also provide another means of employment within capability management. Within DGNCPP, the Joint Amphibious Capability Implementation Team (JACIT) and Air Warfare Destroyer Capability Implementation Team (AWDCIT) have recently been stood up and provide opportunities for LCDR post-charge officers within Canberra to contribute to the amphibious and AWD capabilities respectively. These teams are charged with the responsibility for providing the Navy input as to how the capability will be employed and maintained. The logisticians within these teams are in regular contact with DLOG-N and our PQ sponsor, ADNPR(SU). You can see that there are a large proportion of jobs for LEUT/LCDRs in all facets of capability development, acquisition, sustainment and management. It’s highly possible that you’ve already worked within one of these roles, but if you haven’t please mark it down as something to discuss with me next time you have a career interview, or for those in the Naval Officers’ Development Program, perhaps talk to your mentor about it. Finally, and in keeping with the theme of this edition, it is quite exciting to look a forward toward July 2009 to the graduation of the first group of officers having progressed through the initial training continuum. These officers will serve in and support a variety of new capabilities, probably well beyond this White Paper and the next, during their careers. However, one thing is for sure – the finest of capabilities would be redundant without well trained personnel. I have had the pleasure to talk to these officers during recent DNOP roadshows and am confident that they will have much to add to the Supply Community. With the graduation of this first class of SOACs and once those officers selection for promotion with effect 01 Jan 10 are promoted, we will almost be at full capacity at all ranks within the Supply PQ, which augers well for a diverse workforce that is well trained and has significant depth. For the record, the Supply PQ is currently on 8 underborne at the LCDR level and 6 underborne at the LEUT/SBLT level. These minor shortfalls will shortly be addressed as described above and I am certain that competition will be high again at future SCEPs and DSO EPs when we are selecting officers for the LHDs and AWDs. It is a good time to be the poster!