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November 24, 2011
By Cristy Symington
THE Australian Command and Staff
College (ACSC), Defence's mid-
career military education program,
will now be joined by the Australian
National University (ANU) to pro-
vide a military studies masters qual-
The partnership was launched at
Weston in Canberra on November 4.
Commandant of ACSC CDRE
Richard Menhinick said the college
was designed to focus on the opera-
tional and strategic interface, prepar-
ing graduates for operational com-
mand roles or challenging staff officer
"ACSC is a highly selective pro-
gram and now that we have joined
with ANU, graduates can expect to
be even better regarded by our allies
for their command and staff skills,
planning ability and well-developed
strategic thinking," he said.
"The ACSC-ANU partnership
contract offers an improved educa-
tional model with a world-class uni-
"Both the provision of permanent
on-campus university academics,
including a Dean of Studies on site,
and the proper alignment of educa-
tional standards with all work counted
towards the final qualification, signifi-
cantly enhances this college to that of
the world's best practice command
and staff courses."
He said the curriculum would be
structured on a vocational and aca-
demic military program that delivered
postgraduate qualifications through
"This is unlike the current model,
where many course members com-
plete their masters' degree in their
own time -- and sometimes after the
course year has been completed,"
CDRE Menhinick said.
The 10-year partnership agree-
ment between ACSC and ANU will
take the course from part-time uni-
versity involvement to a learning
model based on the ANU's Masters of
Military Studies program.
The ANU will fully integrate with
military and civilian teaching and
support staff to provide mid-career
military and university education.
Four academics and two admin-
istrative staff from the ANU will be
permanently on campus at the ACSC,
ensuring those undertaking the course
receive support throughout the year.
Topics of the new course include
strategy, operational art, expedition-
ary operations, complex operations,
joint operations, Australian strategic
policy, Defence organisation and mili-
Officers interested in attending the
ACSC should register their interest
with respective Career Managers.
For more information visit www.
Quality education key
to new partnership
IN PARTNERSHIP: The Commandant of the Australian Command and
Staff College, CDRE Richard Menhinick, with the Australian National
University's Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Young.
Bundy heads south
to Sydney Harbour
By LEUT Andrew Ragless
THE Ardent Four patrol boat crew
aboard HMAS Bundaberg are usu-
ally accustomed to crocodiles, sting-
ers and tropical thunderstorms at this
time of year.
But a not-so-routine patrol for
Bundaberg in early November afford-
ed the crew the opportunity for a little
rest and relaxation in Sydney.
Bundaberg, an Armidale-class
patrol boat normally berthed in Cairns
and deployed in northern Australian
waters on Operation Resolute, trav-
elled south to work with officers from
the Australian Fisheries Management
Authority and aid in their search for
irregular fishing activity in the waters
off the east coast.
Bundaberg's Commanding Officer,
LCDR David Ince, said the journey
was a welcome break in routine for
the Ardent Four crew.
"The tempo in patrol boats is high
and the crew work pretty hard up in
the tropics," he said.
"The change of scenery was very
On her return to Cairns,
Bundaberg stopped in at HMAS
Waterhen for refuelling.
"On a personal note, it was a great
experience driving Bundaberg into
my home port, past the Opera House,
under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and
showing off one of the Navy's newer
bits of kit to the city's unsuspecting
commuters," he said.
Bundaberg will arrive back at
HMAS Cairns in a few weeks for a
short break before continuing with
Operation Resolute tasks -- detect-
ing and deterring illegal activity in
Australian waters from Cairns to
Under the command of Joint Task
Force 639, Operation Resolute cov-
ers the entire Australian coastline and
provides surveillance and response
facilities to an area covering 10 per
cent of the earth's surface.
CHANGE OF SCENERY: HMAS Bundaberg sails past the Sydney Opera House after a port visit to HMAS
Waterhen in early November.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
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