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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 43 australian technical Staff officer Course v t V sinω + ( ) = c ct Vm BY LEut n. daVEnPoRt, Ran Industry should be awarded the contract to upgrade the ASLAV canon (yep another Army case study). After handing in the dot-point and presenting my oral brief to one of the half Colonels, who act as Directing Staff, I pack my bags to end the day. I am preparing for a night of studying both Defence Capability Project Management and Communications and Information Systems (CIS). In particular, I am not looking forward to rote learning some of the CIS equations that I have learnt are an essential aspect of the course, such as the “classic” amplitude-modulating wave formula: 2 cos(ω ωm)t Vm c − − 2 cos(ω ωm)t c + NEIL IN FRONT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE TRAINER DURING AN INDUSTRY VISIT TO THE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER It is 7am on Tuesday 19th February 2008. As I drive to ADFA to attend the first PT session of the week I think to myself, why am I working 60 hours and handing in at least one assessment a week to do ATSOC? Is it really worth it? When I got the call from the Poster in late January 2008 telling me the Australian Technical Staff Officer Course (ATSOC) had commenced and did I want to attend I had no concept of what I was committing myself to. I knew I would be awarded the Military post-nominal qtc (Qualified Technical College) along with a Masters of Management Studies in Defence Capability Development and Acquisition. I had also heard that I would be attending the now legendary overseas trip to the USA and Europe at the end of the year but how would I fill my time between now and December? This morning I start the third week of academics. I dread entering the lecture theatre for a tutorial on Firepower and Protection where I will no doubt be dazzled by the technical details of the Abrams tank and amazed at the amount of information one lecturer can retain about 5.56mm F1 Ball Ammunition. By 10am I am desperate for a flat white. After a caffeine fix I am back into further lectures. The first is Project Management. Today we are examining Capability Development Group and the Two Pass approval process they adhere to for major acquisitions. This flows on nicely from lasts weeks lecture regarding the Defence Capability Life Cycle. The second lecture this morning is Systems Engineering Practice. The focus of this course is on developing system requirements for new capabilities to be used within Defence. I soon realise the importance of this subject and the range of practical skills that can be applied for future postings with the Navy. After lunch I prepare for an afternoon of military writing. Today’s task is to draft a dot-point brief to the Head of Land Systems Division. We are required to short list and then recommend, which Australian Defence On the drive home I contemplate what I would have been doing if I stayed at DLOG-N instead of taking up the Supply position on ATSOC. I suspect spending a lot more time with the family after work, watching TV and relaxing on the weekends. I also am acutely aware however, that I would not have developed the close friendships that I have done today with my new Army, Air Force and Navy colleagues. I certainly would not have a Masters degree fully paid for by Defence, which would directly prepare me for my follow on posting within the DMO as Deputy Project Manager Ground Training Devices (Project AIR9000 - Multi Role Helicopter). I also would not have had some of the most memorable experiences of my life, such as, being briefed by Australian Astronaut Andy Thomas during a NASA VIP tour of the Johnson Space Center, attending BAE Systems Nuclear Submarine facility in Northern England or sampling Birra Morettis whilst watching the sun set over the Piazza Michelangelo in Florence on our day off. Ahhhhh ATSOC….a lot of hard work but a hell of a ride.