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August 4, 2011
Vision for the future
By SGT Andrew Hetherington
EW CDF GEN David
Hurley's vision for the
future of the ADF is
steeped in his tri-
and revolves around
"I've had probably
more joint experience than
a number of previous CDFs and I
didn't come from the Service Chief
route," GEN Hurley said.
"I can see where we have discon-
nects in capability or pressures on
joint enablers such as intelligence
"So when I look at what this
might mean for the future of the
ADF, we need to improve our joint
training and our joint logistics and
my focus will be to improve the
ADF's overall joint warfare capabil-
ity."GEN Hurley said there was not a
specific issue that would challenge
him during his term.
Apart from maintaining a sus-
tainable workforce, which he said
was the heart of what the ADF had
to achieve in the next five years, his
main focus would be on ADF opera-
tions and capabilities.
"We have to meet our operational
objectives such as the transition in
Afghanistan and setting the scene
for continuing engagement with the
Afghan Government," he said.
"We'll be dealing with the intro-
duction of new amphibious Landing
Helicopter Dock ships by finish-
ing the work already carried out by
Army and Navy to enable the capa-
bility to be put into place.
"With the Joint Strike Fighter,
although we won't see the first
aircraft in Australia until I finish
my term, it will have fundamen-
tal impacts on how we think about
future air combat and air control
and how we will knit those concepts
together in a joint environment."
GEN Hurley said he was sur-
prised to be made CDF as there were
a lot of contenders for the position.
"I'm delighted, pleased, proud
and a bit overawed to have been
selected," he said.
In his first month, GEN Hurley
worked at how he would organise his
staff and operate as CDF.
"I want people to get used to
my style of decision making, how I
do things, how I want information
presented and the timeliness I'd like
things to come in," he said.
"I don't see myself as being
the senior military bureaucrat in
Defence; I'm also the commander
of the ADF and I'm working through
my program to get out and visit
the ADF on exercises, in barracks
and on bases to get a good sense of
what's going on."
Reaching the ultimate leadership
role of CDF was a progressive pro-
cess for GEN Hurley.
Between 2001 and mid-2011
he was Director General Land
Development, Head of Capability
Systems, Land Commander, Chief
Joint Operations Command and
"I've always sought out com-
mand appointments in my career, as
I thought they were the cutting edge,
critical and great jobs," he said.
"So it's great to be in anoth-
er command appointment but I'm
mighty aware of the weight and
responsibility which comes with it.
"It's a life and death position."
GEN Hurley said he was very
proud of what the ADF represented
and what it did.
"We need to protect our reputa-
tion and keep the base of goodwill
the Australian community has for us
and we need to cherish, maintain and
build on it," he said.
He has another message for ADF
personnel who have come home
from operations and could be suf-
"My point to all of them is
there's no prejudice or discrimina-
tion against anyone who comes for-
ward who says they are suffering
and need help," he said.
"My strongest plea to them is:
if you are suffering, don't sit there
and do it hard by yourself, go and
"We need everyone in the organi-
sation, families need their people
and we need them to be in good
By SGT An
My strongest plea to them [ADF
personnel] is: if you are suffering,
don't sit there and do it hard by
yourself, go and get help.
-- CDF GEN David Hurley
THE $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer
Project has taken delivery of three
main gun mounts.
The gun mounts, manufactured by
BAE Systems in the United States, are
valued at $80 million and will be placed
into a controlled storage facility in
Adelaide until they are installed on HMA
Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said the guns would be able to hit
targets on land, air and at sea.
"They are capable of firing both RAN
standard munitions and future extended
range munitions," Mr Clare said.
Similar gun mounts are installed
on the RAN's Anzac-class frigates, US
Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroy-
ers, Spanish F-100 frigates and on ships
within the South Korean, Japanese and
More than 1000 people are working
on the construction of the ships across
three shipyards in Australia -- ASC in
South Australia, Forgacs in NSW and
BAE Systems in Victoria.
"This is an important project for the
ADF," Mr Clare said.
"These destroyers will be among the
most advanced and capable warships in
Air Warfare Destroyer
gun mounts arrive
MOVING FORWARD: The AWD Project has taken delivery of the three main
gun mounts, valued at $80 million.
PRIDE: CDF GEN
David Hurley in his
office in Canberra.
Photo: SGT Andrew
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