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thetical susta ment war games, run
along the lines of the 'hypotheticals'
hosted by Australian Queen's Council
"We considered three escalating,
futuristic scenarios, beginning with
a peacetime training deployment in
2020, and ending with multiple, war-
like deployments in 2025," he said.
With senior representation from
Air Force Headquarters, Headquarters
Air Command, Air Combat Group,
Joint Logistics Group and Defence
Materiel Organisation's Aerospace
Systems Division, the group brain-
stormed a raft of future operational,
personnel, training and sustainment
Recognising the complexity of
the JSF's fifth generation technolo-
gy and the proposed global JSF sup-
port arrangements, ACAUST AVM
Mark Skidmore and Head Aerospace
Systems Division AVM Colin Thorne
also joined sessions.
The global sustainment arrange-
ment proposed for JSF boasts econo-
mies of scale, the best quality support
from around the world and smoother
coalition operations. The nine-country
JSF partnership has agreed in princi-
ple to a globally shared and common
approach to sustainment.
AVM Osley said that the ability
to provide for independent sovereign
operations remained paramount.
"We need to collectively under-
stand the ramifications of global sus-
tainment and identify now any adjust-
ments required to guarantee Australia's
sovereign capabilities," he said.
The Director General New Air
Combat Capability, AIRCDRE
Roy McPhail, highlighted that this
improved understanding would enable
a more effective Australian contribu-
tion to similar international sustain-
ment forums run by the JSF program
office in the US.
"Australia is already punching
above its weight in terms of JSF plan-
ning and influence, but knowing my
stakeholders' issues and concerns will
BRAINSTORMING: Planning for F-35 sustainment stakeholder
input, AIRCDRE Roy McPhail, WGCDR Lesley Carney and SQNLDR
help even more," AIRCDRE McPhail
"The day was very productive and
the first of more exchanges. I'm plan-
ning a roadshow to increase stake-
holder awareness and to invite input as
we shape the future F-35 sustainment
AVM Osley said in their hypo-
thetical game, Australia won the war.
"Now we need to make sure Australia
wins the real thing."
TRALIA'S F-35 Joint Strike
er (JSF) battled for the first
his month ... well, hypotheti-
hind closed doors at Defence
ishment Fairbairn, senior
futuristic scenarios on how
a's JSF aircraft will be sus-
e it's six years before we'll
first F-35 at RAAF Base
wn, we are looking now at
ded to keep the aircraft in
e head of Australia's JSF
M Kym Osley, said.
d very senior F-35 stake-
in me in a series of hypo-
ainment w a
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