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September 1, 2011
SECRETARY of Defence Dr Ian
Watt will become the Govern-
ment's key adviser when he leaves
the department to become Secre-
tary of the Department of Prime
Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).
Dr Watt will enter what he
expects will be the final phase
of his public service career at
PM&C on September 5, after
notching up just more than two
years at Defence.
Dr Watt said he definitely
thought Defence would be his
last public service position, how-
ever with the current Secretary
of PM&C, Terry Moran, retir-
ing, Dr Watt was offered what is
acclaimed as the highest bureau-
cratic role in the Australian
"I don't think you can aspire
to a job like that [as Secretary of
PM&C]," Dr Watt said.
"I am greatly honoured to
be appointed to the position of
Secretary at PM&C, but I leave
Defence with considerable regret.
"The position of Secretary of
Defence has been both challeng-
ing and rewarding. I have enjoyed
my time here and I will miss the
people that I have worked with
during the last two years. The
people of Defence, military and
civilian, achieve many marvel-
lous things for the country and it
has been a privilege to have been
a part of that."
Dr Watt's successor is Duncan
Lewis, whose long and successful
career in the ADF included post-
ings as commander of the Special
Air Service Regiment from 1990-
1992, and later as commander
Special Forces in 2001.
Mr Lewis is also well known
as the National Security Adviser
and will bring a wealth of experi-
ence to Defence.
Likewise, Dr Watt will take
advantage of his experience at
Defence at PM&C.
"I will go to PM&C with a bet-
ter appreciation of the challenges
facing major line agencies, which
will help me provide advice on
whole-of-government issues," Dr
He said his time at Defence has
been "interesting, almost beyond
measure" and was very cognisant
of the challenges he leaves behind.
"You work for a terrific
organisation," Dr Watt said.
"There's some big challenges
ahead, but I ask you to grasp
those challenges and Defence
will be a better place."
DEFENCE Science and Personnel Minister
Warren Snowdon announced a $3 million
boost to the Partner Education and Employ-
ment Program on August 11.
The increase effectively doubles the
amount of program funding available for
education and employment support to
"Under these expanded arrangements,
the partners of our junior personnel will be
eligible to apply for a one-off payment of up
to $3000 to access vocational training and
other education opportunities to assist them
become job-ready," Mr Snowdon said.
Applications for the expanded Partner
Education and Employment Program will
be available from the Defence Community
Organisation website every November,
beginning this year.
Mr Snowdon made the announce-
ment when he met the national executive
of Defence Families of Australia (DFA) in
Canberra during the organisation's annual
national conference on August 9.
He said 2011 was a significant year for
DFA, marking its 25th year representing
"Defence Families of Australia plays a
key role in providing Defence families with
"It brings the views of Defence families
to Defence leadership -- and to me -- and
ensures that matters that are important to
families are heard."
Mr Snowdon said discussion covered a
wide range of issues important to Defence
families and he welcomed the DCA feed-
Applications are available at www.defence.
gov.au/dco and further information on DFA is
available at www.dfa.org.au
Mixed feelings on move
DRAWING ON EXPERIENCES: Dr Ian Watt chats
with Air Force members at Al Minhad Air Base last
Photo: CPL Chris Moore
doubles to $3m
Support Squadron fire fighter
LAC Bryan Barber operates
a drip torch at RAAF Base
Tindal as part of an annual
plan to reduce the amount of
ground fuel within the Airside
Restricted Zone during the
Bushfire danger period.
Photo: LAC Terry Hartin
Battle of Britain first
FOR the first time, former enemy nations
that took part in the Battle of Britain will be
represented at commemorations alongside
Australian veterans. The representatives will
attend a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the
71st anniversary of the battle at the Western
Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial
in Canberra on September 15, starting at
10.30am. DCAF AVM Neil Hart will provide
the address, Air Force Chaplain Mark Willis
will offer prayers and music will be provided
by Air Power Brass. For more information,
contact retired SQNLDR Mal Davies on (02)
6231 6074, or email email@example.com.
au; or Naomi Murphy on 04029 58344 or
COL Green, 102, dies
THE founding librarian at the Australian
Defence College and WWII veteran, COL Vane
St. Laurence Green, OBE, died in Canberra on
August 7, aged 102. COL Green saw active
service as an infantry officer in the Middle
East and Papua New Guinea during WWII.
His achievements in the field of military
education have been of profound significance
to the generations of students that have
passed through the College at Weston Creek
Chief Scientist leaving
THE Department of Defence will be seek-
ing a new Chief Defence Scientist and head
of the Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) when Professor Bob
Clarke leaves in October. Professor Clarke
was appointed the Chief Defence Scientist in
October 2008. He brought with him signifi-
cant national and international expertise and
a strong reputation as an eminent scientist in
the field of quantum computing. Deputy Chief
Defence Scientist Dr Ian Sare will act as Chief
Defence Scientist until Professor Clarke's
replacement is appointed.
Deal with UK lab
The Defence Science and Technology
Organisation and Britain's Defence Science
and Technology Laboratory have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for recipro-
cal access to each other's science facilities
and equipment. The Memorandum provides
for sharing information between the two
organisations on current facilities and capa-
bilities as well as plans for developing future
facilities for research and testing, thereby
developing greater cooperation on science
and technology. Sharing these defence
research facilities will also enable the two
countries to reduce each organisation's oper-
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