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Defence Capability Plan 2009

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The projects outlined in this public version of the Defence Capability Plan DCP reflect the strategic requirements outlined in the 2009 Defence White Paper, Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century Force 2030 the White Paper and the emphasis of this Government on the development of Force 2030. In publishing this DCP, the Government provides advice to the Australian public, industry and defence commentators on the scope and scale of the future defence equipment capital program. This DCP contains over 60 billion of projects and demonstrates the Governments commitment to funding and building Force 2030 as outlined in the 2009 Defence White Paper. The Government recognises the vital role that defence industry plays in support of ADF capability from the provision and maintenance of military equipment to the delivery of a wide range of support services. Growing the capacity of local defence industry is an objective of the Government and will require ongoing investment in skills development, workforce growth and improved productivity. The Government will remain closely engaged with defence industry to ensure maximum support possible to the ADF in partnership to maintain control of cost, schedule and quality. In the White Paper, the Government has highlighted the challenges facing both the Defence Materiel Organisation and industry in delivering essential capability to the ADF. While Defence will seek to maximise the spending in local defence industry, such expenditure must be managed within the acceptable cost, schedule and risk constraints of the strategic guidance in the White Paper. Projects must aim to provide capability which reflects operational requirements, but they need to be tempered by an understanding of cost, schedule and risk. Defence must also take into account what the market can deliver off-the-shelf. The Government needs to make informedthe decisions about appropriate mix of cost, risk and capability.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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