Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

ACT: Contestability in Defence - Opportunities and Challenges

  • 13 Oct 2016
  • 18:00 - 19:00
  • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek


This event is free
Registration is closed

In 2016, USI of the ACT has been exploring the implications of the First Principles Review and the Defence White Paper.

The FPR's 'One Defence' approach has, at the cornerstone of the strong strategic centre and the new end-to-end approach to capability, "a mechanism for providing internal contestability, at arm's-length from owners and sponsors, throughout the capability life cycle, to ensure strategy, plans and resource allocations are tightly aligned and appropriately prioritised".

Just how the function will work is still maturing, as are the relationships between the new Contestability Division and the capability managers.

This session brings together senior Defence policy practitioners to canvass the opportunities and challenges Defence is facing as it introduces the new function. 

Panel Speakers:

First Assistant Secretary Contestability, Mr Michael Shoebridge
Head Force Design, AVM Mel Hupfeld
Head Joint Capability Management & Integration, RADM Peter Quinn
Head Modernisation & Strategic Planning - Army, MAJGEN Gus McLachlan
Director General Modernisation - Air Force, AIRCDRE Graham Edwards

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