Chief of Joint Capabilities

The Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC) is the head of the Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) in the Australian Department of Defence, part of the Australian Defence Organisation. This position was created on 1 July 2017. The current chief is Air Marshal Warren McDonald.

Chief of Joint Capabilities
Member ofAustralian Defence Force
Reports toChief of the Defence Force
Inaugural holderAir Marshal Warren McDonald
Formation1 July 2017
Websitewww.defence.gov.au/JCG/

Structure

The Chief of Joint Capabilities is responsible for coordinating the various capabilities within the Australian Defence Force. The following four commander report to the chief.

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) is responsible for researching and advising the improvement of civil-military-police collaboration in civil-military co-operation and civil-military operations in the stabilization of fragile states, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and emergency management. ACMC also engages with Australian Government departments and agencies including the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Nations, and non-government organisations.[1][2][3]

Australian Defence College

The Australian Defence College (ADC) is responsible for the delivery of professional military education, command and staff education, and joint warfare training for the ADF. The ADC is the umbrella organisation for the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS), the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC), and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). In 2019 the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and the Australian Command and Staff College will be merged to become the Australian War College.

The ADC is also manages the following:

  • Centre for Defence Leadership & Ethics
  • Centre for Defence Research
  • Capability Technology Management College
  • Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics
  • Defence Learning Branch
  • Defence Force Chaplains College
  • Defence Force School of Languages
  • Defence International Training Centre
  • ADF Warfare Training Centre
  • ADF Peacekeeping Centre

The Commander of the Australian Defence College is Major General Mick Ryan.

Joint Health Command

The Joint Health Command (JHC) is led by the Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Tracey Smart, and is responsible for the delivery of military medicine and joint healthcare services to Australian Defence Force personnel, including military psychiatry and rehabilitation services. The JHC is also responsible for the development of the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations and the coordination of health units for deployment in support of operations.[1][2][4]

Joint Logistics Command

The Joint Logistics Command (JLC) is responsible for the planning, coordination and delivery of military logistics, the evaluation of joint logistics capabilities and requirements, explosive ordnance, and supply chain management.[1][2][5] The Commander of the Joint Logistics Command is Major General David Mulhall. The Joint Logistics Command is made up of the:

  • Explosive Ordnance Branch
  • Fuel Services Branch
  • Logistics Assurance Branch
  • Logistics Systems Branch
  • Strategic Logistics Branch
  • Supply Chain Branch

Information Warfare Division

The Information Warfare Division is responsible for information warfare, cyber security, and command, control, coordination and communications (C4), and Space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force. The Head for Information Warfare Division is Major General Marcus Thompson. The Information Warfare Division is made up of the:

  • Joint Intelligence and Cyber Branch
  • C2 and Battle Management Capability Branch
  • Capability Support Directorate
  • Joint Cyber Unit
  • Space and Communications Branch

Joint Military Police Unit

The Joint Military Police Unit is the unified military police agency of the Australian Defence Force led by the Provost Marshal responsible for general policing, law enforcement, and the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service.[6][7]

Reserve and Youth Division

The Reserve and Youth Division (RYD) is responsible for the capacity building of the Australian Defence Force reserve capabilities of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Australian Army Reserve and Royal Australian Air Force Reserve and the governance of the Australian Defence Force Cadets Scheme.

Women, Peace and Security

The Chief of Joint Capabilities also acts as the Joint Capability Manager for Women, Peace and Security for the development and implementation of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Force supports this role.

Chiefs of Joint Capabilities

The following officers have been appointed as Chief of Joint Capabilities:

Rank Name Post-
nominals
Service
Term
began
Term
ended
Air Marshal Warren McDonald AM, CSC RAAF 1 July 2017 Incumbent

References and notes

References

  1. ^ a b c [1] Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group Organisational Chart
  2. ^ a b c [2] Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group overview of Commands and Divisions overview
  3. ^ [3] Australian Civil-Military Centre overview
  4. ^ [4] Australian Government Directory overview of the Joint Health Command
  5. ^ [5] Australian Government Directory overview of the Joint Logistics Command
  6. ^ Joint Capabilities Group Joint Military Police Unit Joint Military Police Unit
  7. ^ Joint Service Police Group launched Royal Australian Navy
Australian Defence Organisation

The Australian Defence Organisation (abbreviated as ADO and commonly referred to simply as Defence) is an Australian Government organisation that consists of both the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the civilian Department of Defence personnel supporting the ADF whose two purposes are to "defend Australia and its national interests" and "protect and advance Australia's strategic interests".

Australian Signals Directorate

Australian Signals Directorate (ASD; until 2013: Defence Signals Directorate, DSD) is the Australian government agency responsible for foreign signals intelligence, support to military operations, cyber warfare, and information security. ASD is part of the Australian Intelligence Community. ASD's role within UKUSA Agreement (Five Eyes) is to monitor SIGINT in South and East Asia. The ASD also houses the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

The unit was established in 1947 by executive order as the Defence Signals Bureau within the Department of Defence, and underwent several name changes until its current name ASD was adopted in 2013. ASD was converted to a statutory body by the Intelligence Services Act 2001. ASD is based in Canberra, at the Defence Department Headquarters at Russell Offices. As of December 2017, Mike Burgess is the Director-General of ASD, replacing Director Dr Paul Taloni, who moves to a senior position within the Office of National Assessments. ASD became an independent statutory body on 1 July 2018.In April 2018, a proposal to empower ASD to collect intelligence on Australians was backed by Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, but is strongly opposed by some in Cabinet who argue it is not necessary. Under legislation, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are already allowed to seek assistance from ASD in conducting investigations on Australian citizens and businesses.

Department of Defence (Australia)

The Department of Defence is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility to defend Australia and its national interests. Along with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), it forms part of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) and is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, for the efficiency and effectiveness with which it carries out the Government's defence policy.

The head of the Department, who leads it on a daily basis, is the Secretary of the Department of Defence (SECDEF), currently Greg Moriarty. The Secretary reports to the Minister of Defence, currently The Hon. Linda Reynolds MP, following appointment by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in May 2019.

Joint Health Command (Australia)

The Joint Health Command (JHC) is led by the dual-hatted Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and is responsible for the delivery of military medicine and joint healthcare services to Australian Defence Force personnel, including military psychiatry and rehabilitation services. The JHC is also responsible for providing strategic health policy, the development of the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, and the coordination of health units for deployment in support of operations.

The Commander Joint Health is responsible to the Chief of Joint Capabilities whilst deployed health units are responsible to the Chief of Joint Operations. The JHC is staffed by Australian Defence Force active and reserve personnel, Department of Defence public servants, and contracted health professionals.

Joint Military Police Unit (Australia)

The Joint Military Police Unit (formerly the Joint Service Police Group) is the unified military police agency of the Australian Defence Force. The Joint Military Police Unit is led by the Provost Marshal who reports to the Chief of Joint Capabilities responsible for general policing, law enforcement, and the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service.

Lieutenant general (Australia)

Lieutenant general (abbreviated LTGEN and pronounced 'lef-tenant general') is the second-highest active rank of the Australian Army. It was created as a direct equivalent of the British military rank of lieutenant general, and is considered a three-star rank.

The rank of lieutenant general is held by the Chief of Army. The rank is also held when an army officer is the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, the Chief of Joint Operations, or the Chief of Joint Capabilities. The Chief of Capability Development Group, disestablished in 2016, also carried three-star rank.

Lieutenant general is a higher rank than major general, but lower than general. Lieutenant general is the equivalent of vice admiral in the Royal Australian Navy and air marshal in the Royal Australian Air Force. The insignia for a lieutenant general is the Crown of St Edward above a crossed sword and baton.

List of Royal Australian Air Force air marshals

The following is a list of Australians who have attained air marshal rank within the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF); that is, service personnel who have held the rank of air chief marshal (four-star rank), air marshal (three-star rank) or air vice marshal (two-star rank). The Royal Australian Air Force was established in 1921 as a separate branch of the Australian military forces. The service was modelled after the Royal Air Force—formed three years earlier—and adopted the same ranking system. Richard Williams, regarded as the "father" of the Royal Australian Air Force, was the service's first member to obtain air-officer rank on being promoted to air commodore (one-star rank) in 1927; he went on to become the first air vice marshal (1935) and air marshal (1940). In 1965, Sir Frederick Scherger became the first officer to be advanced to air chief marshal, one of only four members of the Royal Australian Air Force to obtain this rank as of June 2014. A further twenty-one individuals have reached air marshal in the RAAF and 126 air vice marshal; seven officers have retired with the honorary rank of air vice marshal.

Senior Australian Defence Organisation Positions

The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) is composed of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and the Australian Public Service government department, the Department of Defence which is composed of a range of civilian support organisations.

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) leads the Australian Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence leads the Department of Defence though both jointly manage the Australian Defence Organisation under a diarchy, and both report directly to the Minister for Defence.

The highest active rank in the Australian Defence Force is reserved for the Chief of the Defence Force. This is a four-star rank and the CDF is the only Australian military officer at that level. As a result of the diarchy, the Secretary of the Department of Defence is of the equivalent civilian four-starlevel in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service.

Warren McDonald (RAAF officer)

Air Marshal Warren George McDonald, (born 4 February 1963) is a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He joined the RAAF as a 15-year-old apprentice and, in 1989, underwent pilot training. A series of squadron and staff postings in Australia, Canada and Malaysia followed, before he was appointed to command No. 11 Squadron (2007–09), No. 92 Wing (2009–11) and Air Mobility Group (2013–15). He was Deputy Chief of Air Force from July 2015 to May 2017, and assumed his current appointment as Chief of Joint Capabilities on 1 July 2017.

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