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September 3, 2009
By Michael Brooke
RAN officers and students of the Junior
Warfare Application Course (JWAC)
had plenty to mentally digest after
lectures by two leading academics at
HMAS Watson (CAPT Ray Leggatt).
The Synott Lectures, by Dr Norman
Friedman on Network Centric Warfare
(NCW) and CMDR David Hobbs (RN,
Rtd) on the Future Royal Navy Carrier
Program provided more than 50 members
with a look into how future wars might
JWAC student MIDN Brianna
McConville said her understanding of
technology-driven war-fighting concepts
was improved by attending the lectures.
"NCW is a new concept for me to
digest so the lecture was really benefi-
cial," she said.
Dr Friedman, one of America's most
prominent naval analysts, said naval
warfare -- in fact, all forms of warfare
-- were becoming network-centric,
which was a force multiplier that greatly
enhances intelligence and targeting capa-
"NCW is really a form of warfare
based on a shared tactical picture, some-
thing navies have been developing for a
long time," he said
MIDN McConville said the lecture on
the Future Royal Navy Carrier Program
helped her to visualise the development
of the RN's improved expeditionary capa-
bilities and what the RAN would look
like when it commissioned its AWDs and
CMDR Hobbs said the carriers would
be the biggest and most powerful surface
warships ever constructed for the Royal
"They represent a step change in capa-
bility, enabling the delivery of increased
strategic effect and influence around the
world," CMDR Hobbs said.
By SBLT Tim Laird
THE Directorate of Naval
Officers' Postings (DNOP) has
been restructured under the new
position of Head Navy People and
The restructure is aimed at
improving career management and
aligning with one of NGN's cen-
tral themes, an increased focus on
Director Naval Officers Postings
CAPT Simon O'Brien said the re-
positioning of DNOP was a positive
"The restructure will assist in
ensuring a concentrated focus on
the delivery of personnel require-
ments and expectations," he said.
Two major changes to the cur-
rent officers' career structure being
progressed within DNOP are the
introduction of the Management
Executive (MX) and Intelligence
(INT) Primary Qualifications (PQs).
These two PQs present new avenues
and opportunities for naval officers'
MXPQ provides personnel for
particular corporate and strategic
management positions that require
a combination of military experi-
ence with specific skill sets. It will
be established in December with an
initial selection of 50 personnel.
The development of the INT PQ
structure, continuum and transition
plan is nearing completion.
The establishment of the Navy
Intelligence PQ recognises advances
in modern warfare such as infor-
mation operations, humint (human
intelligence) and joint targeting.
It acknowledges specialist skills
required to meet our current and pre-
dicted capability requirements in the
joint intelligence arena.
The eligibility requirements and
pay placements of both MX and INT
PQ will apply equally to the Reserve
force; albeit the management process
may vary due to the inherent nature
of Reserve service.
In the quest for a greater customer
focus, DNOP has also changed inter-
nally. Resulting from a recommenda-
tion of the Submarine Sustainability
Review, DNOP will establish a shop
front in HMAS Stirling.
Planning is being undertaken to
achieve this goal with a DNOP desk
officer expected to be in place by
January next year.
To further enhance personal inter-
action with DNOP, desk officers will
be visiting establishments over the
next six months to deliver presenta-
tions on career management and be
available for personal career coun-
Attendance at the presentations and
counselling interviews is strongly encour-
aged. The current establishments and
Darwin/Cairns August 10 -- 14,
September 14 -- 16 and,
Fleet Base West October 5 -- 9.
Further advice on each will be provided
via signal closer to the visit dates.
DNOP improves officer
WIN with Navy, a RAN Central
Canteens Board proposal, has been
launched by the board's chairman
CDRE Peter Marshall.
"Win with Navy is a raffle offering
prizes of $5000 every payday," CDRE
"The raffle is a great initiative that
will provide a stable funding mechanism
for the provision of amenities to serving
members above and beyond that which
could be made available through the pub-
"The RAN Central Canteens Board
provides funding for Navy sport, the
RAN Relief Trust Fund, Navy ticketing,
and loans and grants to messes. These
activities have traditionally been fund-
ed from the canteen levy. Demands are
increasing and third party sponsorship for
various activities has been harder to come
by in recent years."
All of the funds beyond the admin-
istrative costs of running the raffle will
be returned to sailors either as prizes or
Win with Navy raffle launched
funding of activities for serving members.
The raffle has been supported by CN as
an exciting initiative that will provide
ongoing benefit to, and opportunities for,
serving members and their families."
Tickets will be $2 with a maximum of
five tickets to each person.
RANCCF is currently visiting ships and estab-
lishments to distribute information on the
Raffle and applications for tickets. Full details,
including legal restrictions, will also be avail-
able through the website www.winwithnavy.
com.au Canteens, PTs or from the RAN
Central Canteens Fund office on (02) 6266
Plenty to mentally digest
THE FUTURE: Centric
warfare will involve the new
Canberra class LHD's.
Image: BAE Systems Australia
roadshows is rec-
Photo: LSPH Paul
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