Milford recognised for ICT excellence

Published on LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies

Mr Dan Milford from the Royal Australian Navy's Strategic Executive walks Commander John Metzl through the strategic management system that he created for the Navy.


  (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Mr Dan Milford from the Royal Australian Navy's Strategic Executive walks Commander John Metzl through the strategic management system that he created for the Navy.

A Navy Strategic Command employee was last night recognised as a finalist in one of the Australian Government’s top awards for outstanding performance in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Last night, Defence APS Member Mr Dan Milford was recognised as a finalist in the ICT Young Professional of the Year award for his contribution to the design of the Royal Australian Navy’s electronic Strategic Management System ‘NSManS’.

Mr Milford used systems engineering principles to design the system, which provides senior commanders with a clear picture of Navy’s performance against its deliverables to Government and progress towards its future goals, as outlined in the Navy Strategy 2012-17.

Mr Milford said he designed the system using a ‘Navy on a page’ concept, to provide the service with a more disciplined reporting system that empowers people to make decisions at the lowest appropriate level, while ensuring the Chief of Navy maintains complete strategic oversight.

“The system provides a single point of truth to give the Senior Leadership Group a collective understanding of how the Navy is tracking, in order to inform evidence based decision making,” Mr Milford said.

“Accountability in reporting is a key function of the system. It ensures that we are achieving what we are meant to be achieving towards the Navy Strategy 2012-2017.

“Essentially, we have developed a cost-effective, in-house solution that achieves Navy’s requirements for strategic reporting,” he said. 

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen congratulated Mr Milford on his achievement.

“Dan Milford’s achievement in the Australian Government ICT Awards brings great credit not only to him, but also to the wider Department of Defence,” Rear Admiral van Balen said.

“The work he has done to develop the Navy Strategic Management system will result in significant improvements in Navy’s strategic reporting. His project management skills, innovation, leadership, cost consciousness and vision were clearly evident in this work, and the recognition he has gained through the ICT Awards is thoroughly deserved.”

NSManS will be used by Navy people in command positions at various levels from ship and establishment Commanding Officers to the Chief of Navy. The system is currently being rolled out and will be fully implemented in the coming months.