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Developing and Evolving a Joint Australian Task List

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This paper describes the development of the Australian Joint Essential Tasks AS JETs list. These tasks were developed to support the planning for, and evaluation of, Joint Exercises. This approach is consistent with that of Australias allies, who have been operating with such lists for a number of years. The United States Universal Joint Task List UJTL was developed with an emphasis on training. In contrast, the United Kingdom and Canada have taken an enterprise-wide approach, capturing all core Defence tasks. While this approach has the benefit of encompassing the activities of the entire organization, it was believed that a more focused task list was required for Australian joint operations. The AS JETs were developed in line with current Australian doctrine, standard operating procedures, and emerging doctrinal concepts. They consist of a three-level hierarchy that is consistent with current command structures and represents the essential activities to be completed when conducting an operation. Also, the AS JETs were developed through close consultation with representatives from all levels of the Australian Defence Force ADF. To remain consistent with the ADFs standard practice the AS JETs were designed to be a robust list capturing the tasks that need to be done, rather than specifying how to complete the tasks. It is, however, acknowledged that it is possible to change the AS JETs in both an evolutionary and revolutionary manner. This paper looks at two possible changes that may impact on the AS JETs. The concept of the Strategic Corporal suggests that the focus of the tasks may need to change to accommodate the fact that operations by low-level tactical units can have strategic consequences. With Ubiquitous C2 the scope of the AS JETs at an operational level may decrease, or disappear entirely.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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