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THE secret information exchange
between Australia and its biggest
allies will increase as part of a
suite of improvements under the
Improved Connectivity Initiative.
The current phase of the project
involves providing greater connec-
tivity between the Australian and
the US secret networks.
The services will be put to the
test during Exercise Talisman Sabre
The project was trialled during
Talisman Sabre 2011, while in this
year's exercise all ICT services
required at the secret level will be
provided by the project.
The project is scheduled to for-
malise all support arrangements by
October to ensure continued availabil-
ity. Canada, the UK and New Zealand
are considering the progress and are
planning to have similar exchanges at
the five-eyes level, negating the need
for multiple networks.
The Assistant Secretary Military
and Security Program Delivery
in CIOG, Yaso Arumugam, said
Talisman Sabre would allow real-
time testing of connectivity between
the Defence Secret Network
(DSN) and the US Department of
Defense's secret network. "In the
past, specific networks have been
used for exercises, and connectivity
to the US has been through various
networks," Ms Arumugam said.
"Connectivity between the
Australian and US secret networks
allows approved users to directly
collaborate with their counterparts
and provides real-time access to
sensitive information necessary to
support exercises and operations."
The SO1 Communication
Information Systems Plans at
HQ Joint Operations Command,
LTCOL Dan Küffer, said the project
required close coordination.
"We've been conducting opera-
tions and exercises that require
high-levels of collaboration with
our allies. This project solves many
of the interoperability issues associ-
ated with having to share informa-
tion across multiple networks,"
LTCOL Küffer said.
"We've already reduced our need
for additional hardware and the time
taken in planning and execution of
exercises and operations."
An information campaign on
the capability will include tours to
bases, while many of the services
are already in place for those on
Director of Information and Data
Exchange Systems John Boxall
said the campaign would have a
strong focus on user awareness, with
information sessions detailing the
eventual capabilities of the system,
including points of contact.
Further information about the project is
available from the ICI 4EYES Gateway
page on the DSN, or contact the DSN
Service Desk for assistance.
FLTLT Gavin Briggs
A NEW tool to help members
understand the value of their
ADF pay and benefits is set to be
launched on August 1.
The user-friendly Compare Your
Package (CYP) service will provide
full-time ADF members with an up-
to-date estimation of the financial
value of their conditions of service
and an overview of the intangible
benefits available in their Defence
People Policy and Employment
Conditions Branch Project Manager
David Scott said it was hoped the
service would give a comprehensive
view of members' entitlements and
the rewards and benefits of being a
full-time serving member.
"How members use that infor-
mation is up to them. Hopefully
they will be influenced to stay long-
er in the ADF," he said.
The CYP report pulls together
many of the benefits available to
ADF members, including allow-
ances, top-up superannuation and
As a whole package, members
can use it to understand how the
Defence service package provides
a wide range of benefits that other
employers might not offer.
"That's why we would say that it
is an approximation," Mr Scott said.
"It's not an actual 100 per cent
representation but it is very close."
The program was authorised by
the Chief of Services Committee
to assist with retention of full-time
ADF members, especially those
who are critical to maintaining
Members thinking of leaving the
ADF are being encouraged to use the
CYP to make an informed decision.
The online tool will allow them
to compare their Defence package
of pre-tax financial and non-finan-
cial benefits with what is available
outside of Defence.
The CYP can be accessed on the intranet
from August 1 at: http://cass/apps/cyp
PERSONNEL will be able to check
availability and book live-in accommo-
dation with a new online service.
Defence's Head Defence Support
Operations Mark Jenkin signed a five-
year contract with Defence Housing
Australia (DHA) on June 21 to provide
a national living-in accommodation
booking and allocation service to ADF
There are more than 33,000 rooms
available as living-in accommodation
across Australia, which are used as
permanent, course, exercise and transit
accommodation, including as an alterna-
tive to commercial accommodation dur-
The living-in accommodation book-
ing and allocation system is an online
service providing ADF personnel, unit
and Defence administration with 24/7
access to real-time information on
accommodation availability and options.
Acting Head Defence Support
Operations Sue Parr said the system
would provide a streamlined consistent
process for ADF members.
"The booking and allocation system
will allow ADF members to book living-
in accommodation at all locations across
Australia, through a convenient online
national system," Mrs Parr said.
A pilot program for the new living-in
accommodation booking and alloca-
tion system will begin in South-East
Queensland in September. The remain-
ing regions will transition to the DHA-
managed system in the first half of 2014.
DHA already provides housing and
related services to Defence members
and their families. This new service is
an expansion of DHA's existing business
and will enable DHA to provide a more
complete end-to-end housing solution for
all Defence members.
There are dedicated DHA field imple-
mentation teams currently working in
each DSRG region, focused on gather-
ing issues to ensure Service and local
requirements are captured in the new
For more information, contact LIAProject@
Living-in booking goes online
OPTIONS: Live-in rooms are used
for permanent, course, exercise or
transit accommodation options.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
THE last Getting Division
members (GE313) will march
into history on July 26 as they
graduate from the Recruit
School at HMAS Cerberus.
Family and friends will
watch as the new recruits close
the chapter on the first stage of
their training and take the next
step toward their careers within
Getting Division was first
established in 1961 and named
in honour of CAPT Frank
Edmond Getting, who was cap-
tain of HMAS Canberra I while
she came under long-range tor-
pedo fire from several Japanese
cruisers on August 9, 1942.
In August 2013, Getting
Division will be renamed
Emms Division in honour of LS
Francis Bassett Emms, a lead-
ing cook aboard HMAS Kara
Kara I during the Japanese air
raids on Darwin on February
To commemorate the history
of Getting Division, CO RAN
Recruit School CMDR Aaron
Nye extends an invitation to all
former Getting graduates and
staff to attend the graduation
parade at Cerberus on July 26.
For further information contact LEUT
Byron Nalty on (03)5931 5749 or
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