Working together for better outcomes

This article has photo gallery Published on Mrs Leigh Watson (author), CPL David Gibbs (photographer), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

A pair of C-130J Hercules over fly a Royal Australian Navy Collins-Class Submarine. (photo: CPL David Gibbs)
A pair of C-130J Hercules over fly a Royal Australian Navy Collins-Class Submarine.

Mastering multiple domains in times of peace or war is the way ahead for increased joint effects for Defence.
That’s the view of Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, who recently addressed the annual Air Power Conference, held in Canberra.
Vice Admiral Barrett told the conference that integration in multi-domain operations provided an effective deterrent in times of peace and a potent capability in times of war.
“We live in a world of combat reality where situational awareness and the ability to engage an adversary across the multi-domain space are critical,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
He emphasised the importance capability planning to deliver technological superiority and advanced skills in land-sea-air domain. 
Vice Admiral Barrett joined Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies and Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell at the Air Power Conference held on 15-16 March.
More than 1,000 attendees were challenged to think differently about how they contribute to air power.
Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies told the conference, which focused on joint effects and multi-domain integration, that people working on the frontline and in a networked environment needed to fit seamlessly with other operators.
 ‘What I liked at the conference was seeing quite a few Army and Navy uniforms,” Air Marshal Davies said.
“To provide the Government and joint force commanders with the best possible air power options, primarily through technologically advanced systems, we need to have a skilled and supported workforce,” he said.
Opening the conference, Defence Minister Marise Payne said air, land and maritime forces needed to exploit the high level of connectivity made possible by use of systems uniting them through the space and cyber domains.
“The work being undertaken by Air Force now in exploring the ‘art of the possible’ means that the benefits of a joint force will be more rapidly realised once the networked systems committed to in the White Paper enter Army and Navy service,” Minister Payne said.
The Defence White Paper has cited the need for more emphasis being placed on joint force, bringing together different capabilities so the Australian Defence Force can apply more force more rapidly and more effectively when required.